Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Diana DeGarmo grew up in Georgia. Diana started singing while in elementary school, and appeared in productions of “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in Atlanta. Diana got widespread recognition throughout the 3rd season of “American Idol” in 2004, when she finished runner up to winner, Fantasia Barrino. Diana signed with RCA Records after “Idol”, but her record sales were poor, and she was ultimately released from her contract in 2005.
Diana DeGarmo Net Worth $1.5 Million Dollars
Diana has since enjoyed a successful Broadway and on camera career. Diana has appeared on Broadway in “Hairspray” and “Hair”, and contains also performed in the national tours of “Brooklyn: The Musical” and “9 to 5. Diana also starred in the Off-Broadway musical, “The Toxic Avenger”. In 2011, she played Angelina Veneziano on “The Young and the Restless”. Diana became engaged to fellow “American Idol” alum, Ace Young, when he proposed to her on air throughout the Season 11 finale of “Idol”.
Returned to the role of Penny Lou Pingleton in the Broadway production of Hairspray after shortly touring as the title character in the musical Brooklyn. [December 2006]
Just ended a stint in Off-Broadway's "The Toxic Avenger". Continues to do musical theatre productions and sings and writes country music in Nashville. [January 2010]
Recently split with record label, RCA, with their approval and at her request. [June 2005]
Continues to perform in musical theatre, recently played Sarah, a sexy, blind librarian in "The Toxic Avenger Musical" Off-Broadway. [January 2010]
Currently starring as Penny Pingleton in the hit Broadway show "Hairspray"
Plying the role of Angelina on the popular CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless". [December 2011]
Traveling across the U.S. and to other countries promoting her album, "Blue Skies" [February 2005]
Performs as a country singer/songwriter in Nashville and released an acoustic EP of original tracks entitled "Unplugged in Nashville" digitally. [February 2009]
Engaged to Ace Young.
First contestant from American Idol to go on a USO tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005, at age 18. She's also the youngest performer to go overseas.
The song "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin, written by Desmond Child, contains the lyric "she switches signs like a Gemini". This line was inspired by Diana (a Gemini), who knew Child and had discussed zodiac signs with around the time he wrote the song.
On American Idol, she sang "This is It" by Melba Moore on disco night. Two years later she starred alongside Melba Moore in the cast of the national tour of Brooklyn: The Musical.
She is of Italian/French/Native American descent.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama but spent most of her life in Snellville, Georgia
She performed at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee when she was younger.
Shares the same birth date as Tupac Shakur.
Before being a contestant on American Idol, she sang the national anthem for her high school and for just about every major league sports team in town. She earned the local nickname "the national anthem girl".
Was crowned Miss Teen Georgia 2002.
As a child, participated in everything from beauty pageants, musical productions and commercials, to even being featured on The Cartoon Network.
Her mother is Brenda DeGarmo; one older brother, David
Her favorite artists include'Céline Dion', Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline.
Has two dogs, Rosie and Dixie
Debut album, "Blue Skies" was released on December 7, 2004
Favourite song to sing is "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin
I have found that the best thing to do in life is to look forward to the future and not dwell on the past. We all have problems. We can use them as an excuse or a stepping stone, but how we handle them is what sets us apart as human beings. Life is a giant school, and what we do with those lessons is up to us.
I grew up listening to Patsy Cline. I was a huge Patsy Cline fan. I still am. Even though she's considered country, I think of her more as a blues singer. She's got a great blues voice and she has such an amazing story, which I always loved. I knew her entire greatest hits album backwards, forwards and inside out. My mother would try and skip over some of the songs to make the tape shorter and I'd go, "Hey, you missed one! You missed one!"
Because I came in second place, it makes me want to work harder
I've been doing this sort of thing my entire life. It's my love, it's my passion, it's what I do day in and day out. I eat, sleep, and breathe music and singing.
At school my nickname is the National Anthem girl.
When I found out I was in the finals I about had a heart attack I did this whole speechless thing and for me that is a really big thing cause I am a talker.
I'm planning to be the youngest contestant in the Top 32, and I'm planning to be the youngest person in the Top 10...
I have a very voluptuous rear, I have a J. Lo butt and I'm proud of it!
If you see me, I'm always wearing black and pink. If I don't have it on, I at least have something that's black and pink. For instance, like, a bracelet or something.