Diana King
Diana King was born in Spanish Town, in St. Catherine's Parish, not far from Kingston, one of 15 children. She grew up singing hymns in the St. Phillipo Baptist Church, listening to Aretha Franklin and all those R&B singers (there were not many female Jamaican reggae singers). However her devoutly religious family disapproved of pop music and when she was just 13 Diana ran away from home. Taking a bus to Ocho Rios, she got a singing job that same night in a hotel band.

Singing in different hotels, she sang R&B, pop, house etc. But, because they were for tourists, some of the hotels wouldn't let her do reggae. So she left the hotels and started singing with the City Heat band, touring Jamaica. She quit that band a couple years later when producer Handel Tucker suggested that she record some original material. However, her single, "Change Of Heart," failed to take off, so she accepted an offer to tour Europe and the U.S. with Shabba Ranks.

By chance her demo tracks came to the attention of Columbia Record's Maxine Stowe. She ended up doing "Stir It Up" which was accepted for the movie "Cool Runnings". After her appearance on the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 album "Ready to Die", Diana King received a contract with the Work label. "Tougher Than Love", her debut album was recorded and/or mixed at Sony Studios, the Quad Studios, and Battery Studios, and the Loft in New York. Diana poured her heart and soul into the ten tracks combining the exuberant syncopated energy of hip-hop and dancehall reggae with the dynamic emotional range of pure R&B. "Shy Guy" the first single from the album was produced with Andy Marvel; he asked her what type of guy she liked and she answered "a shy guy". So she wrote the lyrics and he wrote the music.

Another King-Marvel collaboration, "Love Triangle," was triggered by a real life experience. Waiting for a train, Diana met two girls with whom she struck up a conversation, one of the girls had a boyfriend in jail who was coming out soon, but in the meantime she had met another guy and didn't know what to do. That was the same day that she was writing the song and thought "I should really do this song, because I'm sure a lot of women could probably relate to it." "Ain't Nobody" a remake of a Chaka Khan song was recorded and mixed at Tuff Gong and Mainstreet in Jamaica. She is one of the most gifted female vocalists to emerge from Jamaica in memory.

Albums: 95 "Tougher Than Love", 97 "Think Like A Girl"

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