Line-up: 18-year-old Diana Vickers.
Origin: Blackburn, Lancashire.
Vibe: Megawatt pop noise meets delicate folk whimsy.
Influences: Florence and the Machine, Sinead O’Connor, Regina Spector, Six Pence None The Richer, Kings Of Leon, Frou Frou, The Sundays, Kate Bush, Nerina Pallot.
Sounds like: Cyndi Lauper, Joni Mitchell.
Background: You might remember this little lady from the 2008 series of The X Factor, and my, hasn’t she grown!
Now 18-years-old, Diana Vickers has had a whirlwind year which has seen her record her first album and enjoy a four month spell as the toast of London’s West End in a sold out revival of Little Voice.
Her kooky genre-defying X-Factor performances (we loved her quirky version of Blondie’s ‘Call Me’!), fearless attitude – and of course ‘The Claw’, the nickname for her bizarre hand movements while singing – made Diana stand out from the other contestants.
By March 2009 she had landed a deal with RCA Records. ‘Right from the start they were interested in the fact that I wrote lyrics, I could play more than one instrument and that I wanted to make a record that could have only been made by me.’ Cutesy balladeering was out, and a breathtaking range from megawatt pop noise to delicate folk whimsy was in, all sung in her unique vocal style.
Diana began recording her debut album, ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’; word soon began spreading about the album and a dizzying list of co-writers and producers offered their help. Failsafe artistic development from Ellie Goulding, Lightspeed Champion, Guy Sigsworth and Cathy Dennis gave the record its mature shape.
Diana’s opening shot on the music scene comes in the form of ‘Once’. Co-written by Cathy Dennis and Eg White, ‘Once’ is both fragile and bold at the same time, retaining the very qualities that we know and love about Diana. Whilst it doesn’t promise to be modern or edge, it’s a slick, triumphant pop accolade and we predict big things for Miss Vickers!
Listen: ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ is available to buy at zavvi.com