Nona Gaye (born on September 4, 1974 in Washington, DC) is a female R&B singer\actress, the daughter of the late Marvin Gaye and the granddaughter of jazz musician Slim Gaillard.
When Nona was a baby, her dad brought her out on stage during a concert. When she was 8 years old, Nona formally introduced her dad on "Soul Train" during a tribute episode to him.
In 1992, a month after her 18th birthday, Nona released her debut album "Love for the Future" which peaked at #84 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
Nona's first single and biggest hit to date "I'm Overjoyed" peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks and #36 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.
In 1993, Nona was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People." In 1994, Nona signed to the Ford Modeling Agency and became the new face for Armani.
For three years, Nona dated and collaborated with Prince, recording at least four songs with him. The songs "1000 Hugs and Kisses" and a solo track entitled "Snowman" are unreleased, but they have made their way into circulation amongst fans.
They released the single "Love Sign" which was released on the compliation album "1-800 NEW FUNK." The song managed to peak at #32 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks. A solo track "A Woman's Gotta Have It" was also featured on the album.
Nona provided backing vocals on "We March" for Prince's 1995 album "The Gold Experience" and on the title track to the "Girl 6" soundtrack in 1996. During that time, Nona admitted that she struggled with drug addiction which she was able to successfully kick. She also starred in a Prince-produced European television special called "The Beautiful Experience."
In 2001, Nona appeared with other musicians such as Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Nas, Wyclef Jean, Backstreet Boys, Monica, Fred Durst, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado and many more on a cover version of Nona's father's song "What's Going On" for AIDS research.
During that same year, Nona began her acting career, debuting in the movie "Ali" featuring Will Smith. She earned a "Black Reel Award" for "Best Supporting Actress" for her role in the film.
In 2003, Nona starred in the Matrix movies: "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions" portraying the role as Zee. The role was originally given to Aaliyah, who tragically passed away in a plane crash after the filming began.
She received an Image Awards nomination for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" for her role in "The Matrix Revolutions." Nona also worked with R. Kelly on two singles, "Work It" and "Just Because" which haven't been released.
In July 2006, Nona was added to the cast of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" replacing Courtney B. Vance's character as the new ADA. Just as the show was beginning production on their 6th season, Nona left the show due to "creative differences."
She was later replaced by Theresa Randle, who also left the show after 2 episodes. In 2006, Nona received a "Black Reel Awards" nomination for "Best Actress" for her role in the movie "The Gospel."
In 2008, Nona released the EP "Language of Love" on AmieStreet.com. These days, it appears as if Nona is still acting, her most recent acting role in the 2009 movie "Blood and Bone."
To see the music video for "The Things That We All Do For Love," go to:
To see the music video for "I'm Overjoyed," go to:
[updated on 08/15/13]