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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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