Who is Dinah Jane Hansen?
Dinah Jane Hansen is an American singer and songwriter who is famous for being a part of the Fifth Harmony, an American girls’ group based in Miami. She is a TV personality as well and shot to fame with ‘The X Factor,’ a British reality TV music competition to find new talent. She has also made appearances at the American Music Awards 2015 and WrestleMania 2016. She started singing when quite young. At the age of seven, she once sang the National Anthem in public. It was appreciated, and thus she started singing at various events. In fact, at the age of 11, she decided to pursue a career in singing. Her voice is powerful and dynamic, and often draws comparison with Beyoncé, a popular American singer. Dinah is acquainted with several music producers and songwriters like Kennedy Mailo, MsBrown, Trey Smoov, and Baby J Hansen with whom she often collaborates.
Dinah’s first public performance was at the age of seven, when she sang the National Anthem at Sacramento, California. Following this, she sang at various public events in California. In 2011, when she was just 14 years old, she released a song called ‘Dancing Like A White Girl’; that was even before she became a member of Fifth Harmony. At the age of 15, she auditioned for the second season of ‘The X-Factor’ in September 2012, and sang Beyonce’s song ‘If I Were a Boy’. All the judges liked her singing and promoted her to the next round of the competition. However, she was eliminated as a solo singer as she forgot the lyrics, only to be entered as a part of the girls’ group LYLAS. The group was later renamed as Fifth Harmony. She is the youngest girl in the group.
In 2013, Fifth Harmony released its debut EP ‘Better Together’, and in the first week, it reached the 6th position on Billboard 200, and was eventually certified gold in the US. In 2014, the video for their single ‘Miss Movin 'On’ won them the ‘The Artist to Watch’ award at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2015, the group released its debut album, ‘Reflection,’ and the song ‘Worth It’ was listed in the Top 15 hit songs.
During an event, the girls’ group sang ‘Impossible’ by Shontelle and was selected for a live performance, sponsored by Simon Cowell, an English reality TV judge. Next, the group signed a joint agreement with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, and LA Reid's Epic Records. In May 2016, the group launched its second album ‘7/27’ which earned the 4th position on the Billboard 200 chart. This album was also certified gold in the US, and platinum in Brazil. ‘Work from Home’, Dinah’s lead single was the group’s first top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fifth Harmony has performed many live shows. Well known as the ‘lovable ones’, the girls choose songs that showcase their vocal abilities well. The group has some ongoing tension with the singer Britney Spears, but their mentor Simon Cowell supports the girls wholeheartedly. Dinah’s solo songs like ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ and ‘A Thousand Years’ were appreciated a lot. In June 2017, the Fifth Harmony girls released their new song ‘Down’. Currently they are working on their sequel to 2016’s ‘7/27.’
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Controversies & Scandals
In a video on Snapchat, Dinah Jane Hansen used the word “gay” as a sarcastic comment, annoying a lot of her fans. She referred to a group of people sitting next to her as “so cute, so gay.” Her fans took offence at the comment and said on Twitter that she used the word “gay” in a derogatory way, and that she was “ignorant” and insensitive.
Dinah Jane Milika Ilaisaane Hansen was born on June 22, 1997, at Santa Ana, California, USA. Her parents are Milika Hansen and Gordon Hansen. She is the eldest of their six children, and also the eldest amongst the 15 grandchildren in the extended family. She stayed in a joint family consisting of 23 people, living in a four-room apartment.
Music runs in her family as her mother sang in a reggae band, and her brothers sang in the church. At the age of four, she wanted to learn singing to impress her mother. She often joined her brothers to sing in the church. She once said that her mother still remembers how well she sang the ‘Happy Birthday’ song when she was only four years old.
In 2015, at the age of 18, she dated Australian professional rugby league player and former American football and rugby sevens player, Jarryd Hayne, after she broke up with her ex-boyfriend Nela Otukolo. She owns an apartment in California.