Born In: Brynmawr, Gwent, Wales
Marina Diamandis is a Welsh singer-songwriter known by her stage name 'Marina and the Diamonds', in which, 'Diamonds' refers to her fans, as she clarified. An "indie artist with pop goals", she is often compared to Kate Bush, even though she was not influenced by her during her early years. Rather, she grew up listening to albums by Dolly Parton, Enya and George Michael from her mother's collection. Interestingly, her father was more of a conservative who despised the pop culture and listened to Greek classical songs and to Haris Alexiou. Revealing that Madonna inspired her to be a pop star, she also admitted that she admires pop icons such as Spice Girls, Britney Spears and S Club 7. A ‘pop enigma’ as she ‘never felt like she belonged to the masses’, she has still managed to gain a massive cult following among her fans. She is also recognized for her unconventional retro fashion sense, and turned a few heads for subverting "the norm" in her 'How to be a Heartbreaker' music video by wearing more clothes than male models.
Also Known As: Marina Lambrini Diamandis
siblings: Lafina Diamandis
Born Country: Wales
Notable Alumni: University Of East London
education: Middlesex University, University Of East London
Marina Diamandis has mixed ethnicity. Her mother is Welsh and her father is Greek.
Marina Diamandis was born on October 10, 1985, in Brynmawr, Monmouthshire, Wales, to a Welsh mother and a Greek father. Her father, Dimos Diamandis, met her mother, Esther, while studying at Newcastle University.
Her parents divorced when she was only four years old, following which her father moved back to Greece. Growing up in a low-income family, she had to share a room with her older sister, Lafina, in their bungalow in the village of Pandy, near Abergavenny.
While attending Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, Marina Diamandis often skipped singing in the choir, but her music teacher convinced her that she had musical talent. She moved to Greece at the age of 16 to complete her final two years of schooling, and earned an International Baccalaureate from St. Catherine's British Embassy School in Athens two years later.
Since she was 9 years old, she wanted to be a performer, and after completing school, she moved to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, with her mother because it offered the best paid jobs. She worked at a petrol station for two months, taking as many shifts as she could, and moved to London with her saved money to pursue a singing career.
In London, she attended a dance school for two months, took a one-year singing course at Tech Music Schools in 2005, and studied music and culture at the University of East London. She then transferred to Middlesex University, where she started taking a musical composition course, but left after three months as she wanted to learn everything first hand.
Marina Diamandis started writing songs at the age 18, even though she was terrified to sing in public. She later started applying for auditions listed in 'The Stage' newspaper, which had a hand in forming the Spice Girls, but stopped auditioning eventually to compose her own music, following the example of Daniel Johnston.
In 2007, she independently released her first EP, 'Mermaid vs. Sailor', which she herself produced and composed with the help of GarageBand software. The following year, she was spotted by Derek Davies from Neon Gold Records, which booked her to open for the Australian singer Gotye.
Marina Diamandis signed a recording deal with 679 Recordings, a subdivision of Warner Music Group, in October 2008. However, her debut single, 'Obsessions', was released from Neon Gold Records on February 14, 2009, followed by her debut EP 'The Crown Jewels', which released on June 1st.
Her popularity in the UK skyrocketed after she ranked second on the BBC 'Sound of 2010' poll and was nominated for the 'BRIT Awards' that year, even though both honors went to singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. She released her next single, 'Mowgli's Road', on November 13, 2009, and in February next year released the track 'Hollywood', which peaked at No.12 on the 'UK Singles Chart'.
On February 15, 2010, she released her debut studio album, 'The Family Jewels', which charted at No.5 in the UK. The success of the album helped her sign a deal with Chop Shop Records which released her third EP, 'The American Jewels', in the US on March 23.
Marina Diamandis released three more singles, 'I Am Not a Robot', 'Oh No!' and 'Shampain', for her debut album in the next few months. To support the album, she toured Europe, North America and Australia during 2010-11, but failed to attract the American audience.
In 2011, she opened for American pop icon Katy Perry during her 'California Dreams Tour', along with Swedish artist Robyn.
For her next studio album, 'Electra Heart', Marina Diamandis depicted stereotypical female archetypes through the eponymous protagonist. The concept album, released on April 27, 2012, portrayed four distinct female personas: 'Teen Idle', 'Primadonna', 'Homewrecker', and 'Housewife'. It became her first chart-topping album in the UK, and peaked at 31 on the US 'Billboard 200' chart.
”Froot”, the lead single from her eponymous third studio album, released on October 10, 2014. The album, which released on March 13, 2015, became her highest charting album in the US, debuting at No.8 on 'Billboard 200'.
She performed the song 'Disconnect' with electronic group Clean Bandit at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It was later revealed that the song would be included in the next studio album she is working on.
In 2018, Marina Diamandis announed that she would be dropping "and the Diamonds" moniker and will release music simply as "Marina". In the same year, she also released a single "Baby" with Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi.
In 2020, she release a single "About Love" from the soundtrack of the movie ' To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You'.
In April 2021, Marina Diamandis released a new single "Purge the Poison".
Among the studio albums Marina Diamandis has released so far, 'The Family Jewels' has been the most commercially successful one in the UK, selling over 195k copies. Her second album, 'Electra Heart' not only topped the UK chart, but also did moderate business in the US, with over 100k copies sold.
In 2010, Marina Diamandis won the 'Best UK & Ireland Act' honor at the 'MTV Europe Music Awards' and was named the 'Best Newcomer' at 'Virgin Media Music Awards'. She won the 'Best Music Award' at 'Attitude Magazine Awards' in 2012.
Marina Diamandis was in a relationship with bassist Jack Patterson from 2016 to 2021.
Marina Diamandis is a synesthete, which causes one sensation to trigger another usually very different sensation. She sees musical notes and the days of the week as different colors.
According to her, 60% of her concert audience comprises of gay people. She is recognized as a gay icon and participated in an NYC Pride event in June 2016 following the Orlando nightclub shooting.
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