Dido Armstrong was born in London (England) on Christmas day in 1971, she was
christened Florian Cloud De Bounevialle Armstrong. Dido lived with her poet mother
and publisher father in London.
One day she looked up the story of her nickname. "I thought it was strange that I
was called after a woman who killed herself in ancient literature. It's great for
me now but there's no denying that I hated it. That was just another thing that made me
Young Dido enjoyed reading and playing tennis against the garden wall
and when she was just 6 she was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music in London
and by 10 she could play the piano, violin and recorder.
Some of her teenage years were spent touring the UK with a Classical Ensemble
and being a waitress at Cafe Flo in Islington. She left school to pay her way
through university, and eventually enrolled as a law student at Birkbeck University.
At 16 she became enthralled with the music of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and her
brother's music collection.
Her brother Rollo, plays in the group Faithless and she featured on the groups
five million selling debut album 'Reverence' in 1995 on the tracks 'Flowerstand Man' which
she co-wrote and 'Salva Mea'. Dido later featured on another Faithless album 'Sunday 8pm' in
1998 on the tracks 'Postcards' and 'Hem of his Garment' which she co-wrote.
In late 1995 Dido's management team, Nettwerk, released promotional material called 'Odds & Ends'
a collection of unfinished tracks and demo recordings, in order to gain interest from record
companies so that Dido could be signed to a major record label. All of the material was recorded
between 1994 and 1995. Dido met producer Clive Davis in 1997 after he had heard the demo tracks
in was brought to the attention of Arista Records, who were impressed
with her collaborations and songwriting for the Faithless. Arista Records signed Dido in the
United States, eventually forming a deal with her brother Rollo Armstrong's record label,
Cheeky Records, allowing her music to be released internationally and she began recording her
debut album. 'The Highbury Fields EP', a five track sampler was released in 1999 to promote her
debut album, 'No Angel'.
The album was released in the USA in June that year and about a year later in
October 2000 in the UK. Two tracks off the album have featured in a TV show and in a film.
'Thank You' appeared in the film 'Sliding Doors' and 'Here With Me' was the theme tune to
'Roswell' a hit TV show in the USA and which has been doing well in the UK.
Her brother Rollo then did a solo project under the name Dusted for which Dido co-wrote the
tracks 'Always Remember To Respect & Honour Your Mother (Part 1)' and
'Biggest Fool In The World', she features on the tracks 'Time Takes Time' and 'Hurt U' and she
co-wrote and features on the track 'Winter'. The album was later re-released in 2005 having
been completely re-worked, sounding bigger and better.
Dido really shot to fame when Eminem incorporated 'Thank You' into the massive number 1 hit
'Stan'. For the 'Stan' video Dido agreed to wear a padded pregnancy suit and lie in the
boot of a car before being dumped in a river. "I did that for an adventure and a
laugh. I'd just done a really glammy video for 'Here With Me' and suddenly I was
on set choosing boxer shorts with Dr Dre while wearing this massive bump. I
looked so pregnant I had to jump about on a sofa to flatten my stomach down."
Dido said of Eminem "He's been nothing but properly nice to me. He's polite,
funny and charming, nothing like his media image at all. If he was such an
arsehole I wouldn't have played with him, would I? I had no contract to do that. I chose to."
A special edition of 'No Angel' was released in January 2001 with enhanced videos of
'Here With Me' and 'Thank You'. It also included a bonus track 'Take My hand' and a picture
gallery. The album went to number 1 and stayed there for a number of weeks.
It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Her debut single 'Here With Me' was released in February 2001 and became a hit getting to
number 4. The follow up 'Thank You' was released in May 2001 and got to number 3.
The following month Dido featured on another Faithless album 'Outrospective' on the track
'One Step Too Far'. 'Hunter' was released in September 2001,
it didn't do as well as the previous two singles, only reaching number 17.
A further limited edition of 'No Angel' was released in November 2001 with extra enhanced videos of
'Hunter' and live versions of 'All You Want' and 'Honestly OK'. It also included mixes of
'Here With Me', 'Thank You', 'Hunter' and 'Take My Hand' and an extra track 'Christmas Day'.
Also in November 2001 Dido won the Best New Act Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
A fourth and final single from the 'No Angel' album, 'All You Want' backed with 'Christmas Day' was released
as a limited edition 3" CD single in December 2001, it didn't enter the charts due to it being a limited edition.
'No Angel' was the best selling album of 2001 and sold more than 2 million copies during the year.
It got to number 1 in 13 countries and was the best selling album in the world.
In February 2002 Dido won Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album for 'No Angel' at the Brit Awards 2002.
In April 2002 'One Step Too Far' the track which Dido recorded with Faithless was released as as single,
it reached number 6. Also in April 2002 the track that Dido co-wrote for Britney Spears,
'I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman' was released, it got to number 2.
In October 2002 Dido featured on the War Child charity album '1 Love'.
It featured the track 'Dub Be Good To Me' that she recorded with Faithless
which was a cover version of Beats International's number 1 from 1990.
She also featured on Santana's album 'Shaman' on the track 'Feels Like Fire'.
'White Flag', Dido's first solo single in almost two years was released in
September 2003 and became her biggest solo hit to date, getting to number 2.
Three weeks later her second album 'Life For Rent' was released and entered
the chart at number 1. The album broke Amazon's pre-order sales record and
also became the fastest selling album in the last six years, selling more than
152,000 copies on the first day of its release and 350,000 copies during the first week of its release.
The title track from 'Life For Rent' was released in December 2003, it got to number 8.
'Life For Rent' was the best selling album of 2003 and sold more than 2.2 million copies
during the year. It got to number 1 in 20 countries.
In February 2004 Dido won Best British Female Solo Artist (for the second time)
and Best British Single for 'White Flag' at the Brit Awards 2004.
'Don't Leave Home' was released in April 2004, it only got to number 25.
In June 2004 Dido featured on another Faithless album 'No Roots' on the title track.
'Sand In My Shoes', the fourth and final single from 'Life For Rent',
was released in September 2004, it only managed to get to number 29 which
is Dido's lowest chart position to date.
In November 2004 Dido featured on the 'Bridget Jones, The Edge Of Reason'
soundtrack with Rufus Wainwright on the track 'I Eat Dinner (When The Hunger's Gone)'.
Also that month Dido was one of the many artists who featured on the
re-recording of the 1984 Band Aid charity single 'Do They Know It's
Christmas?', under the name of Band Aid 20 to mark the 20th anniversary of
the original song. 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' was the best selling
single of 2004 selling more than 1 million copies, it was also the Christmas
In November 2006 Dido featured on the track 'Last This Day' on anther Faithless album which she co-wrote.
'Don't Believe In Love', Dido's first single in just over four years was released in
October 2008, it was her lowest chart placing, only getting to number 54. Three weeks later her third album
'Safe Trip Home' was released and reached number 2 in the chart.
In May 2010 Dido featured on the 'Sex And The City 2' soundtrack on the track 'Everything To Lose'
and on the tracks 'Feelin Good' and 'North Star' on the new Faithless album 'The Dance'.
In August 2010 'Everything To Lose' was released a part of a remix package.
In November 2010 a brand new Dido song, 'If I Rise' a collaboration with A R Rahman featured in the movie, '127 Hours'.
In July 2011 Dido and her husband Rohan Garvin had a baby boy, they named him Stanley.
In February 2013 dido released her first track for over two years, 'No Freedom'.
Four years after the critically acclaimed 'Safe Trip Home' became Dido's third million-seller (taking her to an astonishing
career total of 29 million albums sold) she returned with her fourth album, 'Girl Who Got Away' in March 2013.
And it's no exaggeration to say that 'Girl Who Got Away' might just be her finest record yet.
In November 2013 a 19 track 'Greatest Hits' album was released which included a new track, 'NYC'.
Dido's ascent has been rapid and she has become a huge star and has a very bright future ahead of her.
To be continued.....