Carroll was born in NewmarketEngland, and started singing at age of five, primarily at home with her sister.
Despite the lack of formal vocal coaching, inat the age of thirteen, she won a local talent competition, with her rendition of Barbra Streisand 's " Woman in Love ". After leaving school, she worked in various jobs, including a one-day stint as a chambermaid in a Cambridge hotel in At the age of sixteen, she was signed to the dance music record label Streetwave, located in London.
After six unproductive months, she left Streetwave. Of particular note was her cover of Dionne Warwick 's classic " Walk On By ", co-produced by The Pasadenas who also provided vocal arrangement and backing vocals.
Carroll also provided vocals to Brothers in Rhythm 's single "Peace and Harmony" in First Avenue were also managing another unknown band called Quartz.
After two singles with Quartz, First Avenue decided to relaunch Carroll as a solo artist. Carroll's first solo single produced and co-written by Nigel Lowis "Ain't No Man" was released in Junereaching number 16 in the chart.
To capitalise "Who sang the perfect year" the momentum of "Ain't No Man", Carroll and Lowis worked on future singles together, one of which being the top 20 hit "So Close", which was released in December ; coincidentally the title of her debut album. The album continued to generate a string of hits, such as "This Time" No. This completely transformed the song, and when it was released, it became Carroll's biggest chart hit, reaching No.
Carroll announced her first British tour for November and December with the then unknown Eternal as supporting guests. This was another top 5 hit, peaking at No. The album was also short-listed for the Mercury Music Prize.
Towards the end of the year, Carroll announced another national tour in December, selling out over 15 dates at huge stadia. Rumours of new songs from Carroll started to surface in the summer ofbut instead of releasing them, she found herself in the midst of contractual problems.
Eventually, Mercury agreed it was not until May that the release of a new single was confirmed. The song entered the chart at No. A new album, Only Human followed in October. During the recording of Only HumanCarroll discovered that she had developed otosclerosisa hereditary bone disease which affected her ears.
She postponed treatment until after all her recording duties had been fulfilled. She had an Who sang the perfect year to replace a whole eardrum, but went back to work almost immediately to promote the album. Although any dislodgement by noise could have cost her the sense of hearing, Carroll made a reasonable recovery, despite some inevitable permanent loss.
Overall, Carroll considered the making of the second album a very dispiriting experience, and often described Only Human as a "lost baby", despite it sellingcopies and achieving Platinum status. She then Who sang the perfect year into artistic hibernation, and although there were press reviews of tracks like "Living for the Weekend" reviewed in Billboard Magazine as a promo US singlethe decision was made to concentrate on the making of the 3rd album rather than release more singles from the 2nd as Mercury were happy with the sales figures off the back of just two singles.
She returned to the drawing board in for her third album. The collaboration was originally intended only for three tracks, but they ended up recording a full album in Rhett's home studio. The lead single was "One, Two, Three", a radio-friendly mid-tempo love song.
This was released in Octoberwith new remixes of "Livin' for the Weekend" to satisfy both her pop and dance music fans.
It was her third single to reach No. The new album, Dina Carrollwas originally planned for release at the end ofincluding her cover of the Dusty Springfield song, " Son of a Preacher Man ". However, due to the untimely death of Dusty Springfield in earlythis single was withheld.
At the same time, the album was postponed, because Carroll was not totally happy with some of the mixes on the album. Instead, Carroll's record company decided to relaunch her as a dance diva.