My favorite Singer – Dido
Birth Name: Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong
Date of birth (location): 25 December 1971, London, England, UK
Born in London, England on Christmas Day 1971, Dido started off playing
music just five years later. Singing, humming, and tooting away on her
stolen recorder around the house, Dido showed the early potential to be
a musical prodigy. At only ten, she could play both the violin and
piano, and was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music in London,
England. As a teen, Dido travelled around the United Kingdom performing
with her classical ensemble.
Dido's first vocal gig came on an album for Faithless, a band her
brother Rollo had formed. Interested in recording an album, but afraid
to ask her brother for a break with his band, Dido spent much of her
time loitering around the studio in hopes that she would be asked to
contribute her vocals. Her persistance paid off. The release came out in
1995, and it received favorable reviews. Faithless toured the world for
the next two years, selling an excellent five million copies of their
album. Dido was loving the lifestyle - meeting all kinds of new people,
and gaining excellent exposure.
Musically gifted from an early age, Dido (named after the Queen of
Carthage) attended London's Guildhall School of Music and played
recorder, piano and violin by the age of 10. Her teenage years were
spent listening to her brother's record collection and touring with a
classical ensemble. She began singing with various London-based bands
before becoming involved in her brother's project, Faithless. After the
million-selling success of Reverence, Dido toured with the band for 18
months and contributed to Faithless' second album, Sunday 8pm. At this
stage, Dido was writing her own material and had assembled an album's
worth of demo tapes. These demos led to a publishing deal in the UK with
Cheeky Records and a deal with the US arm of Arista Records in 1999.
Dido's debut album, No Angel, was produced by Rollo and Youth and
received its US release in June 1999. The track "Here With Me" was used
as the theme for the hit US television series Roswell, and "Thank You"
was used on the soundtrack of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors.
Dido's media profile was raised enormously when rap star Eminem sampled
"Thank You" for his single "Stan", which became a huge hit on both sides
of the Atlantic. With the emphasis very much on quality song writing, No
Angel combined electronic and acoustic elements to create a lush,
down-tempo style. It was released in the UK in October 2000 in
conjunction with live performances on the east coast of the USA.
Phenomenal sales followed as the album became the preferred listening at
a million middle-class dinner parties.
The singer's long-awaited new album was promoted by her highest-charting
UK single to date. "White Flag" debuted at number 2 in September 2003,
while Life For Rent took up residency at the top of the album charts
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