Diana Vickers Biography
Vickers was born in Lancashire, England and grew up in the village of Huncoat near Accrington. She studied for A Levels in Theatre Studies, Classics, and Psychology at Westholme Private School in Blackburn. Vickers had taken many singing lessons and participated in local competitions, but had never sung professionally.
The X Factor
Vickers was a contestant in the 2008 series of The X Factor. Her performances were often unconventional, attracting both praise and criticism. Simon Cowell likened her to marmite, saying fans would either love or hate her singing, with Cowell stating that he "loved it". She courted further controversy when she was unable to perform during week 5 of the contest due to illness and was given a Bye to the next round. She gained a lot of press attention for her relationship with fellow finalist Eoghan Quigg; although they both denied they were in a relationship during the competition, they had a short relationship after the competition ended, after she had split from her steady boyfriend. She was eliminated in the semi-final (week 9), much to the shock and upset of Quigg, who, during Vickers' final performance, ran on stage to comfort her. She achieved 4th place overall. Vickers is still friends with fellow finalists JLS and Ruth Lorenzo.
January 2009-present: Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree
It was initially announced that Vickers would be signed by Sony BMG under the Syco label but this plan was later dropped. She has since signed to RCA Records. In an interview at the premiere of 17 Again, Vickers confirmed that she had begun work on her debut album. Vickers commented that it wouldn't be rushed and that it would be "Diana style". Vickers worked with Nerina Pallot, Ellie Goulding, Cass Lowe, Guy Sigsworth, Chris Braide, Savan Kotecha, Starsmith, Alexis Strum, Patrick Wolf and Dev Hynes aka Lightspeed Champion.. Vickers' debut single and debut album are to be released in April 2010 with the debut single titled "Once" co-penned by Cathy Dennis and Eg White and produced-and-mixed by Mike Spencer. RCA Records intend to market the album as "one of the sparkiest and most unique pop records of recent years". On 26 January 2010, it was confirmed that Vickers had also collaborated with Gary Lightbody, frontman of alternative rock band Snow Patrol.. Although the song they wrote is not featured on the album, Vickers had confirmed she is saving it for the future . On 12 February 2010, it was confirmed that Vickers' debut album will be titled "Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree". On 17 February 2010, she confirmed that the track listing for her debut album had been finalised. On 19 February 2010, the track listing for "Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree" was announced on Vickers' official Facebook. The album features 13 tracks including her debut single "Once" and "Jumping Into Rivers" (written by Vickers, Goulding and Sigsworth) which leaked in July 2009. On 3 March 2010, the album release date was moved back to 3 May for last minute tweaks.
On 5 March 2010, Vickers' debut music video for "Once" premiered on the Play website encouraging users to pre-order "Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree". The YouTube rip of Vickers' "Once" video generated 16,470 views in 24 hours. On 10 March 2010, "Once" was playlisted on Radio 1 and the "Once" music video premiered on British television via Channel 4's Freshly Squeezed music programme.
On 9 March 2010, Vickers' debut album track "Jumping Into Rivers" was featured on the episode "Oriole" of the American revival of Melrose Place on The CW. On 12 March 2010, the album artwork was announced via Vickers' official website.
"Once" was added to the Radio 1 C-List on March 10 2010, and was Record of the Week for DJ Scott Mills from 15 March 2010. The tracklisting for Once was revealed on 15 March 2010. It has "Once", a studio version of "Sunlight", a song sang by her in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, written by Take That's Mark Owen, an acoustic version of album track 4, "Four Leaf Clover", and a remix of "Jumping Into Rivers". Additionally on 15 March 2010, "Once" was 4Music's VIP Track of the Week. It subsequently reached number 2 in the 4Music Top 20 chart for that week.
On 17 March 2010, Vickers was featured in NME magazine as part of a feature named "Can Diana Vickers prove she's indie in 24 hours?" NME tracked Vickers throughout an average day including browsing vinyls in East London's Rough Trade East store. In addition, Vickers' debut single "Once" was promoted to the B-List on Radio 1, a month ahead of its release.. On 25 March 2010, Vickers launched an exclusive competition for which the prize was to listen to her new album before its release and to meet her on 29th April.. On 30 March 2010, Digital Spy officially reviewed Vickers' "Once" giving it a full 5-star rating commenting "Once is an electro-pop-rock monster" and concluding "Vickers' hiccupy yelp still won't be to all tastes but there's no denying that the huge guitar-powered chorus is as hard to ignore as her trademark hand gesture". On 31 March 2010, "Once" was promoted to the A-List on Radio 1 with 3 weeks remaining until its release. On 12th April 2010, Vickers was interviewed on Radio 1's Breakfast Show with Scott Mills and on 13th April 2010, Vickers sang Once on Blue Peter and held a live webchat afterwards.
Vickers will be performing at this years V Festival .