Artist Profile: Rita Ora

Rita Ora and Rudimental will headline the first ever Derby Sound festival at The Pattonair County Ground this summer, on Saturday 3 August. We are going to take a look at Rita Ora

Rita Ora, born 26 November 1990, is an English singer, songwriter and actress. She was first noticed by Jay Z’s record label, Roc Nation, in 2009. She was flown to New York to meet the team behind the label.

She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh’s single “Hot Right Now”, which reached number one in the UK. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in August 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom.

The album contained the UK number-one singles “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party)”. Ora was the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three consecutive singles reaching the top position.

Her mother, Vera (née Bajraktari), is a psychiatrist, and her father, Besnik Sahatçiu, is a pub owner, having previously studied economics. Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. They relocated to London, England in 1991, when she was a year old. She grew up in Notting Hill, in West London, and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated from a performing arts school, Sylvia Young Theatre School. She began singing at an early age.

Ora’s second studio album, Phoenix, was released in November 2018. The lead single, “Your Song”, reached the UK top ten, and the subsequent singles, “Anywhere” and “Let You Love Me”, reached the top five in the UK; the latter single made Ora the first British female solo artist to have thirteen top ten songs in the United Kingdom.

Interesting Facts

  1. She always makes sure she carries a change of outfit with her at all times.
  2. She has dated reality star Rob Kardashian, singer Bruno Mars and DJ Calvin Harris.
  3. She has starred in films like Fast & Furious 6 and Fifty Shades Of Grey.
  4. She loves body ink and currently has over 14 tattoos.
  5. For her debut album, she worked with huge musicians like Drake, Kanye West and
  6. She is said to be the sneaker queen and owns more than 150 pairs of sneakers.
  7. She is a huge fan of Tabasco sauce and pours it on everything she eats.

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