Marina Diamandis waited until she was 19 to start singing — for keeps, at least. That makes it all the more remarkable that just six years later, performing as Marina and the Diamonds, she’s logged three EPs, a full-length album (“The Family Jewels”) and five chart hits in her native U.K.
Even though she’s making it look easy, Diamandis says it’s been anything but.
“I had a lot of issues with confidence and nerves. It took a few years to iron those out,” she says. “People are afraid to fail, aren’t we? I didn’t want to tell my parents I was doing this when I started because I’d never sung out loud in my life.
“But I knew I was destined to do this. It was always living in me. I knew I was very much a performer, even before I did it. I love dance and acting. I really felt like if I don’t do this, there’s no point in living I don’t think I was built to do anything else.”
Diamandis’ confidence is peaking at a good time. In the midst of working on her second album — which she promises will be “a little more controlled, more dynamic” — Diamandis is hitting the road opening for Katy Perry, taking her music to the arena level. And she figures there’s a few more lessons to glean from this phase of her career.
“I'm hoping to learn a lot as a performer and just watch her show,” Diamandis says of Perry. “It’s going to be nice to see someone who’s worked forever for this doing what she should be doing. That will be inspirational.
“And I think our fan bases are probably closer than people imagine. We both have a sense of fun and humor about us that I think is similar. If there’s anyone to support in terms of who our fan bases are, I would definitely pick Katy. It should be great fun.”
Marina and the Diamonds perform with Katy Perry at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $48. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.