Blu Cantrell (born Tiffany Cobb on March 16, 1976) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
Tiffany Cobb was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1976. Her father was a Narragansett Native American and Cape Verdean, and played in the National Basketball Association. Susi Franco, her mother, of Italian descent, was a former Miss Rhode Island, actress, and jazz vocalist. Cantrell's parents split when she was a child, and she and her five siblings—Adam, Tino, Nicky, Kelli, and Summer—were raised by her mother in Rhode Island.
The reason the singer changed her name from Tiffany Cobb to Blu Cantrell and the origin of her stage name were both unknown as of the last days of July of 2011.
After several demos, recordings, and singing backup for artists such as Puff Daddy, Cantrell was discovered by Red Zone Entertainment heads Tricky, Tab and Laney Stewart in early 2001. She also did collaborations with Babyface, Usher, Dionne Warwick, will.i.am, Fat Joe, Lil Kim, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock. The producers promptly placed her with Antonio "L.A." Reid who offered the singer a contract with his label Arista Records after hearing one song she wrote and sung in front of him and his staff. After a bidding war with five different labels, Arista's bid was the highest. It was said of Cantrell, "Since she was a little girl she always dreamed of being on Arista Records."