Tamara "Taj" Johnson-George already
has a lot on her plate, but can't wait to add SURVIVOR
contestant into the mix. A Grammy®-nominated singer,
successful author, wife of a former NFL pro and mother of
two wonderful boys, Taj believes she will be the "most
underestimated player" in the game.
A Grammy®-nominee for her soul group SWV ("Sisters
With Voices"), Taj says "her group was the one to
beat." Selling over six million records, her time as a
singer has prepared her for the spotlight.
In addition to her music career, Taj is also an accomplished
writer. The author of “Player HateHER: How To Avoid The
Beat Down And Live In A Drama Free World," she tries to
practice what she preaches as her true pride and life’s
focus lies within her family. The wife of Heisman Trophy
winner and former Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George,
she warns all opponents, "I'm not the average NFL wife
Growing up in Brooklyn, Taj overcame both physical and
mental abuse in her life. With her background, it's no
wonder she says she's "naturally distrustful." Taj
goes on to say "I am literally, truly a survivor, who
has survived more things you can ever imagine." She is
used to beating the odds and plans to do it again.
In her free time, Taj says she is very physical and likes to
workout, running, swimming and doing yoga and kickboxing.
Taj is the total package built around strength and street
smarts and will be a fierce competitor in this game.
Taj currently resides in Nashville, Tenn. Her birth date is
going to have a little bit of work to do because of
appearances. I think that happy smile only goes so far and
then people are going to start looking at her. And if she
starts hanging her head low and saying: 'this is getting me
down', she's an easy one to vote out. The flip side on Taj
is she's so likeable. If people find out she's married to a
former NFL player, that could work against her. 'Cause
people like to look at success as a reason to get rid of
I'm a trick of all trades. I'm
a housewife, I'm an author, I run a foundation, I'm in a
singing group: 'Sister With Voices'. I'm on a leave of
absence...right now the girls are on their way to D.C. We have
a show with Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. Then
next month they're headed to Africa while I'll still be
starving here in Brazil. I have a great marriage going
on...and he stole my heart. I've been through a lot of crappy
relationships before him and he was meant for me. He came in
and set it all straight and now we have a beautiful family. I
didn't tell him exactly where we're going...he doesn't really
know. He just knows I'm going out of the country to this show.
And all he told me was 'don't come home without the money'.
I believe that I'm going in
with a lot of negatives against me because some of them may
recognize me from the group...some of them may recognize me
from my husband. And being said they'll think I don't need
this or they'll think I'm too prissy or spoiled when I'm
totally opposite. I am such a Tom-boy...many people say I am
the guy in my house. I fix everything, I take everything, I do
everything. Eddie's always gone, so I have to be
self-sufficient. So when they're out here and underestimate me
I'm gonna overwhelm them with my strength. I think what makes
me the ultimate Survivor is the fact that I'm coming in under
I'm a very nurturing person so they'll think I'm so sweet.
'She does everything, she's so helpful, we can't take her
off'. And then I'm gonna be stabbing them in the back left and
right every chance I get. I have to be here at the end because
I can't go home. Like I said my husband and all my sons,
they've told me 'do not come home without the bounty, mommy'.
I can sit out here forever and not eat. It won't bother me not
one bit and I'll work out while doing it. So while they're
starving, I'll be eating off my belly fat. I'm gonna survive.
At times my personality I think
will probably...might catch me. What I have to control is my
snappiness. I'm very snappy. I have no patience. But I'm gonna
have to disguise that with my nurturing abilities. So while
I'm trying to be nurturing I'm actually moving you along to
get you out of the way. I'm going to nurture you out the door.
Being here is definitely a
personal challenge for me. I came not because I had to of
course, I came because I wanted to. And I just think that
being here and winning this competition would just say a lot
about me as a person. People will really know the true me and
the money will go to such great use. I wanna put it toward my
foundation: 'Visions With Infinite Possibilities' that will
help women of domestic violence and children of abused
households. I think that money will do my foundation such
great good so I'm out here to win it for 'Visions', I'm here
to win it for my family and just win it for all the women who
suffer through so much and couldn't get out. I'm here to help
and this is a start here.