Marina and the Diamonds

Birth Name Marina Lambrini Diamondis
Born October 10, 1985
Occupations Singer, Songwriter
Instruments Piano, keyboard
Albums The Family Jewels(2010)
Electra Heart (2012)
Froot (2015)

Diamandis was born in Brynmawr in Wales, and grew up in the nearby village of Pandy. She has one older sister. Their mother is Welsh, while their father is Greek. Diamandis has been diagnosed with synesthesia, and consequently associates particular colours with musical notes and days of the week. In her childhood, she attended Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, Her parents separated when she was 16 years old; she initially moved to Greece with her father, then returned to Wales two years later. Diamandis first began writing music when she was 18 years old; she moved to London to attend dance school, but quit two months later.

Diamandis later traveled for several unsuccessful auditions, including opportunities with the musical for The Lion King and a boy band organised by Virgin Records. In 2005, she created the stage name "Marina and the Diamonds"; after coming to prominence, "the Diamonds" was established as a reference to her fans, instead of her backing band. Diamandis self-composed and produced her earlier demos with GarageBand, and independently released her debut extended play Mermaid vs. Sailor through Myspace in 2007. She came to the attention of Neon Gold Records' Derek Davies in 2008, and was hired as the supporting act for Australian recording artist Gotye. In October, Diamandis finalised a recording contract with 679 Recordings (eventually renamed 679 Artists), a subdivision of Warner Music Group.