Dido – Dido Armstrong
Dido is a British pop singer.
Dido Armstrong was born in London on December 25, 1971. She was christened Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong. Her mother Claire is a poet literary agent, and her father William Armstrong is a publisher. The girl was nicknamed Dido after African warrior queen. As a child Dido enjoyed reading and playing tennis. At the age of six she was accepted into prestigious Guildhall School of Music in London. 10-year-old girl could play the piano, violin and recorder. She liked football and even was going to be the first girl in Arsenal.
In her teenage years Dido toured the UK with a classical ensemble. She also worked as a waitress at a cafe.
At the age of 16 she fell in love with the music of a jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and began singing with several bands in and around London. It was her brother Rollo who helped her start the music career. In 1995 Rollo formed a band and Dido appeared on the debut album. The band was Faithless, and they sold five million records.
For the next two years she toured with her brother’s group. Rollo helped her with her own debut album.
In April 1997, the soundtrack to the film Sliding Doors with her song Thank You was recorded. Later this song was used by the American HBO in the movie If These Walls Could Talk 2.
In 1999 No Angel was released. It was the bestselling album of 2001 and got to number 1 in 13 countries.
But Dido became mega famous when Eminem turned her song Thank you into number one hit Stan.
In February 2002, Dido was awarded Best British Female Solo Artist.
The song I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman was written by Dido for Britney Spears.
Her second album Life for Rent was released in 2003. It became the fastest selling album in the last six years entering the chart at number one.
For the second time Dido won Best British Female Solo Artist in February 2004.
On March 4, 2013 fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away was released.
Dido is married to Rohan Gavin. In July 2011 she gave birth to their son Stanley.
Her song My Lover’s Gone is the soundtrack to the famous Brazilian TV series Clone.
The song White Flag is the soundtrack to the famous American series Smallville (3 season 2 episode).