Diana King

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Diana King
Also known asKingSinga
Born(1970-11-08) 8 November 1970 (age 41)
Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
GenresReggae
Reggae fusion
R&B
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsWork/SME Records (1994–2000)
Associated actsThe Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Andy Marvel, Brian McKnight Celine Dion.
Websitehttp://www.dianakingdom.com
 
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Diana King
Also known asKingSinga
Born(1970-11-08) 8 November 1970 (age 41)
Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica
GenresReggae
Reggae fusion
R&B
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994–present
LabelsWork/SME Records (1994–2000)
Associated actsThe Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Andy Marvel, Brian McKnight Celine Dion.
Websitehttp://www.dianakingdom.com

Diana King (born 8 November 1970, Spanish Town, Jamaica) is a reggae fusion singer-songwriter who specifically performed a mixture and fusion of R&B, reggae and dancehall. She was born to a Indo-Jamaican father and an Afro Jamaican mother.

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Career

After making an appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 song "Respect," from his album Ready to Die, she signed a recording contract with Sony Music. King's first single "Shy Guy", co-written and produced by Andy Marvel, from her debut album Tougher Than Love, became a hit, reaching #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified gold by the RIAA in the U.S.; the single also hit #2 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] as well as reaching #1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, going on to sell nearly five million singles worldwide. The song made the soundtrack to the 1995 film, Bad Boys. "Shy Guy" was also ranked by the Japanese radio station J-Wave as the number-one song of 1995.

In 1997, King's second album Think Like a Girl entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at #1. King also scored another well-received hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Dance Club Play with her cover version of the song "I Say a Little Prayer" (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1967), which featured on the soundtrack to the film, My Best Friend's Wedding. King was also featured on the 1997 soundtrack to the documentary When We Were Kings, where she performed the title track with Brian McKnight. In 1998, King joined Celine Dion and Brownstone on stage to perform the hit "Treat Her Like a Lady" previously written and recorded by King from Tougher Than Love at the Essence Awards. That year she also appeared on Soul Train, The RuPaul Show, and VIBE to promote Think Like a Girl. In 1999 she toured India doing a five city tour. From Goa she said "I never thought I would come back to India."[2]

King entered negotiations with Madonna's Maverick Records label in 2000. In 2002, King released her third album Respect. It received a Japan-only release on 24 July 2002[3] until it was eventually released in other markets such as the UK on 17 April 2006[4] and a digital-only release in the United States on 29 April 2008.[5] The album's lead single "Summer Breezin'" premiered on BET and VH1 video and received some urban radio airplay.

In 2007, she co-wrote and recorded the song "The Light Within" with the German reggae artist, Gentleman, for his album Another Intensity. She also had the girl duo Brick & Lace join her on one of her concerts as backup singers. Later that year, she formed her own record label, ThinkLikeAgirl. She also tours Asia annually.

Her fourth studio album Warrior Girl was released in Japan on 22 September 2010.[6] It was released digitally in the United States (under the title Agirlnameking) on 8 November 2011.[7]

Discography

Albums

YearAlbumUS Billboard 200US R&BUS ReggaeUS HeatseekersUK[1]
1995Tougher Than Love179851650
1997Think Like a Girl--1--
2002Respect-----
2010/11Warrior Girl/Agirlnameking-----

Singles

YearTitleAlbumUS Billboard Hot 100US R&BUS DanceUS Dance salesUK Singles Chart[1]AUS
1994"Stir It Up"
Cool Runnings (Soundtrack)
-53----
1994"Shy Guy"
Tougher Than Love
1321212023
1995"Love Triangle"-85----
1995"Ain't Nobody"94634-1311
1997"I Say a Little Prayer"
Think Like a Girl
386885176
1997"L-L-Lies"7167----
1997"Find My Way Back"------
1997"When We Were Kings" (with Brian McKnight)
When We Were Kings (Soundtrack)
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2002"Summer Breezin'"
Respect
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2006"Yu Dun Kno'"
Warrior Girl/Agirlnameking
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2010"Closer"------

Personal life

In 2012 she came out as a lesbian. [8]

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