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“Wikipedia” Biography

Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley (born 26 April 1981), who performs as Ms. Dynamite, is a double BRIT Award and three time MOBO Awards winning UK garageR&B and hip hop singer and rapper.

Ms. Dynamite was born and raised in Archway, a district in North London, to a Jamaican father and a Scottish mother. She grew up listening to reggae and hip hop music. Though she wanted to become a schoolteacher or social worker, her biggest aspiration was to be a musician. She is the eldest of eleven siblings, one of whom is a hip-hop artist known as Akala, and attended Acland Burghley School in London. As stated on the programme Ms Dynamite: In Search of Nanny Maroon in addition to her Jamaican-Scottish parentage, she shares Bajan, English, Irish, German and Grenadian ancestries.

2001–2004: A Little Deeper: Ms. Dynamite (originally called Lady Dynamite) was first known for her vocals on the UK garage underground track “Booo!”, which was regularly played on London pirate radio stations and was later released as a single. Whilst working at the radio station RAW FM, Ms Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes AKA DJ Sticky at a West End club. After working briefly with the UK garage act So Solid Crew, she released her debut album, A Little Deeper in 2002, featuring the hit songs “It Takes More” and “Dy-na-mi-tee“. In 2003, the album was released in the United States to criticalacclaim. In 2002, Dynamite won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize,[1] for A Little Deeper. She donated the £20,000 prize to the NSPCC. Her first public performance was at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 2 July 2005, she performed at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London. Among the songs performed was “Redemption Song” – a Bob Marley penned song.

2005-2006: Judgement Days: On 11 September 2005, she returned to the limelight (having taken time off to have her son, Shavaar) with a new album entitled Judgement Days. Featuring more social commentary, in songs such as the first double A-side single, “Judgement Day” / “Father” and the Tony Blair critique, “Mr Prime Minister,” reviews of the album were not as favourable as those of her debut. However “Judgement Day” reached No. 25 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Since her trouble in January 2006 and her disappearance from the public eye, Ms Dynamite confirmed that the much rumoured ‘A Little Darker’ album would be released in March 2006 as a mixtape. After the confirmation, the album was pushed back to June 2006. Also, in April 2006, Ms Dynamite confirmed that there would be no more releases from her Judgement Days album, and that she was due to start working on new material. A collection of new and upcoming UK hip-hop and garage artists,[3] was compiled by Ms Dynamite and her rapping brother Akala, who was voted Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards in September 2006. In November 2006 she took part in a television show called The Race on Sky1. This was a week long event in which ten celebritieshad to compete against each other on the track in different races building up to a thirty lap Formula Ford race on Sunday 12 November 2006. After about ten laps into the race disaster struck, and Ms. Dynamite hit the wall on the pit straight at about 100 mph. She was air lifted to hospital for overnight observations but later released.

2007-2009: Break from music: After taking a break from the music scene for a couple of years, Dynamite guest hosted BBC Radio 1Xtra, and stated she would be releasing a third album ‘Democracy’ in 2009. The first single from the new album will be “Bad Gyal”.[4] This was however later confirmed to have been push back, to concentrate on other projects and well as motherhood. Ms Dynamite appeared on Hell’s Kitchen on ITV1 in 2009.[5] She was voted out by public vote on 24 April 2009 finishing fourth. Ms Dynamite also appeared as an expert adviser on Goldie’s Band: By Royal Appointment on BBC Two.[6]

2010-present: Return to music and third album: In December 2010, Dynamite was featured on Katy B‘s second single, “Lights On“. It peaked at number 4 in the UK singles chart.[7] She was also featured on the track “Fire”, which featured onMagnetic Man‘s debut album.[8] On 3 August 2011 in an interview with Digital Spy, Dynamite confirmed that she is working on her third studio album, and confirmed that the lead single “Neva Soft” (produced by Labrinth) would be released on 4 September.[9] Her third studio album is set to be released at the beginning of 2012.[10]

“Getting A Little Deeper” Biography

Niomi McLean-Daley, aka Ms. Dynamite, was born in North London in 1981. Throughout her years growing up in a music-orientated family of 11 siblings, she was exposed to an eclectic variety of music genres. Although her parents parted when she was only 2 years old, Niomi remained close with both parents, despite the distance between them.

Raised primarily by her mother, a young Niomi was exposed to a variety of music styles during her upbringing, including roots, reggae and soul. This mixture of music and culture helped inspire her to get in touch with her inner voice. Her outlet for this voice came in the form of poetry and through scribbling her personal feelings and experiences throughout the pages of her diaries.

Described as an intelligent, outgoing student by her schoolteachers, Ms. Dynamite lacked a public outlet for her private writing. This barrier was overcome, however, once she discovered her calling in the UK garage music scene at the age of 17. She used this underground music environment to relay her poetry and prose via microphone over garage beats to small crowds of local enthusiasts.

During her time working at RAW FM radio station in London in 2000, she crossed paths with underground producer Richard Forbes (aka Sticky) while at a London nightclub. The pair decided to collaborate musically in the garage music scene. Her array of heartfelt lyrics mixed with his onslaught of breakneck beats, amounted to a unique blend of dance-flavoured underground music — an explosive new mix, previously unheard of in the garage scene. With the release of her first single, “Booo!”, Ms. Dynamite had officially blown-up all over the underground garage market.

The dynamic popularity and success of “Booo!”, which entered the music charts at No.12 in May 2001, helped make a name for Ms. Dynamite in the UK underground scene. Throughout most of 2001 and 2002, Dynamite poured her heart and soul into developing her debut album, A Little Deeper, a collection of tracks packed with opinionated verse and passion.

The album, which was recorded in New York, Miami, Sweden, and Jamaica, boasts a high-caliber roster of producers including Salaam Remi (of Nas and Fugees fame), legendary Caribbean reggae duo Tony and Dave Kelly, and Punch (P. Diddy’s beat-master). This mixture of production styles led to an eccentric R&B album laced with a variety of reggae, hip-hop and dancehall influences.

Upon its release in 2002, A Little Deeper broke ground for Ms. Dynamite’s explosive introduction into the UK’s pop/R&B music market. Her debut’s immense popularity earned the young artist Britain’s Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year in 2002, along with three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards at Britain’s urban music awards. Most recently, she took the prizes for Best British Urban Artist and Best British Female at the 2003 Brit Awards in February.

Her overwhelming success in the UK has recently enabled Ms. Dynamite to cross over into the U.S. market. In March 2003, A Little Deeper was released on Interscope Records in the U.S. backed by the first single “It Takes More,” which has created a buzz on radio and music video charts across the nation.

In addition to promoting A Little Deeper in the U.S., while awaiting the arrival of her first child this summer, Ms. Dynamite has been busy working on material for her follow-up album, tentatively titled A Little Darker. The album will mark a return to her underground roots with a heavier mixture of more garage, break beats, hip-hop, and a darker dose of R&B.

“Working For A Radio Station” Biography

Niomi MacLean-Daley was brought up in North London by a Scottish mother and a Jamaican father. She grew up listening to reggae and hip hop music.

She is the eldest of eleven siblings, one of which is a UK grime artist known as Akala, and attended Acland Burghley School in Tufnell Park.

It was whilst working for a radio station, RAW FM, that Ms. Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes. After working briefly with garage outfit So Solid Crew, she released her debut album, A Little Deeper in 2002, featuring the songs It Takes More and Dy-Na-Mi-Tee. The album was released in the USA the following year to critical acclaim.

The Live8 concert in Hyde Park in July 2005 saw Ms Dynamite return to the stage after a two-year absence. She had vanished from the public eye at the height of her new-found fame to have her son Shavaar in 2003.

When she hit the pause button, Ms Dynamite had been famous for less than a year. After A Little Deeper won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for Album of the Year in September 2002, it was soon clear that there was more to Ms Dynamite than most pop stars.

In October 2002, Dynamite landed three MOBOs – for Best single, Best Newcomer and UK Act of the Year – at a ceremony where no other artist won more than one. Next came two BRIT Awards, for Best British Female Artist and Best Urban Act.” A Little Deeper” sold half a million copies in the UK alone.

She returned with her album titled ‘Judgement Day’ which was also the title of the first single taken from it.

Despite the success, her personal life has not been without controversy. In January 2006, Ms. Dynamite was arrested outside a London nightclub following a brawl in which she punched a male police officer in the groin whilst in custody. She was convicted and sentenced to sixty hours of community service.

Later that year she participated in a TV show called The Race on Sky One. This was a week long event in which ten celebrities had to compete against each other on the track in different races building up to a thirty lap event. After about ten laps into the race disaster struck, as Ms. Dynamite hit the wall on the pit straight at about 100mph. She was air-lifted to hospital but later released without serious injury.

“Three Years Later” Biography

Ms. Dynamite (aka Niomi McLean-Daley) grew up in North London, listening to reggae and turning to hip-hop at the age of 12. Even when she wanted to become either a primary school teacher or a social worker, her passion for music was stronger. After starting out in a pirate radio station called RAW FM, Ms. Dynamite met Richard Forbes (aka Sticky) in a West End club. The two began working on her debut single, “Boo!,” licensed from DJ Jason Kaye’s Social Circles label to London Records.

Punch, Salaam Remi, Tony Kelly, and Dave Kelly produced her first full-length record in Miami, New York, and Jamaica. A Little Deeper featured the hit singles “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee” and “It Takes More.” In September 2002, Ms. Dynamite became the first black female artist achieving a Mercury Music Prize, beating favorites the Streets, the Coral, and even music legend David Bowie. Three years later, she released her second album, Judgement Days.

“Three time MOBO Awards winning artist” Biography

Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley (born; 26 April 1981) and popularly known as Ms. Dynamite is a double Brit Award and three time MOBO Awards winning R&B, UK garage, and hip hop singer and rapper.

Ms. Dynamite was born and raised in Archway, a district in North London, to a Scottish mother and a Jamaican father. She grew up listening to reggae and hip hop music. Though she wanted to become a schoolteacher or social worker, her biggest aspiration was to be a musician. She is the eldest of eleven siblings, one of whom is a grime artist known as Akala.

While working at the radio station RAW FM, Ms. Dynamite was discovered by Richard Forbes at a West End club. After working briefly with the garage act So Solid Crew, she released her debut album, A Little Deeper, in 2002, which won Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize for Album of the Year for 2002.

In September 2005, she released a new album entitled Judgement Days. Featuring more social commentary, in songs such as the single, “Judgement Day,” and the Tony Blair critique, “Mr. Prime Minister,” reviews of the album were not as favorable as those of her debut.

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