Marina Lambrini Diamandis (born 10 October 1985) better known by her stage name Marina and The Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she performed for choir productions in her childhood. In 2009, Diamandis came to prominence after being ranked in second place on the Sound of 2010 poll organised by the BBC.
Her debut studio album The Family Jewels (2010) incorporated indie pop and new wave musical styles, while her follow-up record Electra Heart (2012) integrated prominent elements of electropop. The latter project debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and introduced Diamandis to several international markets. She has described herself as an "indie artist with pop goals" and often analyses components of human behaviour in her music. Diamandis is additionally recognised for her retro and cartoonish fashion styles.
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...
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