Rita Ora Biography
Early life and career beginnings
Rita Ora moved to the United Kingdom the same year of her birth. She grew up in London and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College. She began singing from a young age.
In 2004, she appeared in the movie Spivs where she played the character Rosanna. She auditioned for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You on BBC One for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest to represent the United Kingdom and qualified, but later withdrew from the competition as she did not feel ready. In 2007, Ora had her first taste of music when she appeared on Craig David's track entitled "Awkward" and then again in 2008 on "Where's Your Love" featuring Tinchy Stryder, for which she also appears in the music video. Ora began singing in bars and in 2009 a A&R told Roc Nation about Ora, a few days after Ora flew out to New York and met Jay Z. In 2009, Ora made a cameo on Jay-Z's video for "Young Forever" and Over by Drake. Ora caught the attention of Jay-Z and he quietly signed her to Roc Nation, in which she was featured in a commercial for Roc Nation + Skullcandy Aviator Headphones. She has been predicted as a Future Star by This Must Be Pop.
Throughout 2011, Ora released viral videos of herself working on her debut album.
On December 14, 2011 Ora released "Hot Right Now" (featuring DJ Fresh) on YouTube. The video has had almost 9,000,000 views. and the song was released on 12 February 2012 on iTunes.
She has been recording her first studio album for two years Will.I.Am, Ester Dean, Drake, The-Dream, and Stargate are all working with Ora on her debut album. When Ora spoke on the album she said "The crazy thing is I wanted the album to sound exactly like the subway, almost as if its just so free and raw".
On February 24, 2012, Ora visited New York's Z100 radio station alongside her Roc Nation label boss Jay-Z, to premiere "How We Do (Party)," her debut single and the lead single from her upcoming studio album. "How We Do (Party)" borrows its familiar refrain from The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Party and Bullshit". Which is her first US single. The album is due this summer. Ora released R.I.P featuring Tinie Tempah as her first UK single. R.I.P was written by Drake and produced by Chase & Status.