As a child Pixie Lott (born Victoria Louise Lott) sang in church and later spent her Saturdays at Italia Conti Associates theatre classes before she received a scholarship to study at the parent school - the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts at the Barbican in London. While attending the school she made her stage debut at the London Palladium in a production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and appeared as one of the Von Trapp children in the BBC's Celebrate The Sound of Music in 2005. When she was fourteen she took part in the chorus of former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' opera Ça Ira, while the following year she was signed to Def Jam Records by label boss L.A. Reid (although she left soon after). With a new contract with Mercury Records in the UK, Interscope in the USA and a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music she started work on her debut album. One of the tracks she wrote during this time 'You Broke My Heart' was picked up by Simon Cowell's Syco record company and was recorded by Alexandra Burke on her Overcome album and keeping with X Factor winners two more of her songs, 'No Good For Me' and 'Promises Promises' turned up on the debut album by Lisa Hordijk, winner of the Dutch version of the show.
June 2009 saw the release of Lott's own single, the Amy Winehouse influenced 'Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Ho)' which debuted at the top of the UK charts and was followed in September by 'Boys And Girls' which became her second No 1. Her debut album Turn It Up was released in September and peaked at No 6 in the UK where it sold in excess of eight hundred thousand copies and also yielded more hits with 'Cry Me Out', 'Gravity' and the title track 'Turn It Up' all breaking into the Top 20. On the album she collaborated with a group of seasoned songwriters and producers including Phil Thornalley (The Cure), Greg Kurstin (Geggy Tah), Colin Campsie (The Quick), Cutfather, Toby Gad, Jonas Jeberg, Fraser T. Smith, Ina Wroldsen, Kaci Brown, RedOne and Steve Kipner. She also charted as part of the Young Soul Rebels, a collective of more than a dozen artists including N-Dubz, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Ironik that was put together to record the charity single 'I Got Soul' on behalf of War Child UK. Lott's youthful and colourful image saw her becoming the public face of advertising campaigns for both Nokia phones and Casio watches while in 2010 she made her acting debut in the teen comedy Fred: The Movie, and while it proved popular with its target audience it received awful reviews from the mainstream film critics. A year after her debut album's release it was reissued as Turn It Up Louder and included ten extra tracks including 'Coming Home' (featuring Jason Derülo), a cover of The Kings Of Leon's 'Use Somebody' and her own Top 20 hit single 'Broken Arrow'.
2011 found Lott continuing to promote Turn It Up Louder and record the follow-up that was preceded by her third chart topper 'All About Tonight'. Once again she assembled a diverse collection of experienced collaborators including Mr Hudson, Cathy Dennis, Tim Powell, Wayne Hector, Richard Stannard, Adrian Gurvitz, Tinchy Stryder, John Legend plus the returning Phil Thornalley, Toby Gad and Steve Kipner. Released in November 2011 Young Foolish Happy was less successful than its predecessor but still peaked inside the Top 20, was certified Gold and produced two more hits with 'What Do You Take Me For' (featuring Pusha T) and 'Kiss The Stars'. She was also back on the charts in March 2012 featuring on Tinchy Stryder's hit 'Bright Lights' while later in the year she was invited to perform two tracks ('Use Somebody' and 'Kiss The Stars') at the 2012 London Olympics. In March 2014 'Nasty', the first single from her forthcoming self-titled third album was released and debuted on the UK charts at No 9. Featuring samples of James Brown and KC & The Sunshine Band the track was more R&B and dance orientated than the pop of previous releases and hints at the direction of the new album.
In a comparatively short space of time Pixie Lott has established herself as both a successful pop star and a gifted songwriter who has written all but a handful of songs on her first two albums as well as having a number covered by other artists including Alexandra Burke, Lisa Lois, Natalia, Leki & The Sweet Mints, Anna Altieri, John Farnham, Mandy Capristo, Girls Generation and Girls Can't Catch. She has amassed eleven Top 20 hits of which three topped the charts and in addition to her well publicised deals with Casio and Nokia she has signed to a modelling agency and taken her first steps on an acting career.
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