Dido: Girl Who Got AwayDresden Shumaker
When I think of Dido I immediately think of the album that sold over 21 million copies worldwide and begin singing the No Angel album so famous from the early 2000’s. I have yet to meet a person that hears Thank You on the radio and doesn’t join in on the chorus, “and IIIIIIIIIIIII want to thank you for giving me the best day of myyyyyyyy life…”
(My apologies for the earworm.)
Dido Armstrong, who has professionally only been known as simply Dido, created two other albums after No Angel and began to work on her fourth when she found out some news. She and her husband, Rohan Gavin, were going to have a baby.
She tells the Associated Press, “I was busy telling everyone there was an album on the way, and then I found out there was a baby on the way instead.”
Rohan and Dido’s son Stanley was born in July, 2011. By the way Dido tells People that she and her husband just happened to both love the name Stanley and she “didn’t think anyone would make the connection” between her son’s name and the famous duet, “Stan” that she recorded with Eminem.
Girl Who Got Away is Dido’s fourth album and it is a combination of every musical genre she likes: dance music, ambient, dubstep, hip-hop, and pop. In an interview with NPR Dido reveals that after getting lyrics from her brother Rollo Armstrong, whom she often collaborates with, she wrote the music for one of the songs on the album in ten minutes.
“I was in a hotel room in California, and it was a very hot day, and I basically just sort of sat there and read these lyrics he sent and wrote the song in 10 minutes,” Dido says. “There’s something about America that makes me aspire to sort of write a bigger and better song. … I think it’s the openness of America. It somehow makes music really limitless.”
Check out the newest single, No Freedom, from the album.
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