Diana King is a singer-songwriter who performs a mixture and fusion of reggae pop. After making an appearance on The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1994 song “Respect, she signed a recording contract with Sony Music. King’s first single, “Shy Guy”, co-written and produced by Andy Marvel from her debut album Tougher Than Love, became a hit, reaching No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified gold by the RIAA in the U.S. The single also hit No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reaching No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, going on to sell nearly five million singles worldwide.
The song made the soundtrack to the 1995 film Bad Boys. “Shy Guy” was also ranked by the Japanese radio station J-Wave as the number-one song of 1995. In 1997 King’s second album Think Like a Girl entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at No. 1.
King also scored another well-received hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Dance Club Play with her cover version of the song “I Say a Little Prayer” (originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1967), which featured on the soundtrack to the film, My Best Friend’s Wedding.
King was also featured on the 1997 soundtrack to the documentary When We Were Kings, where she performed the title track with Brian McKnight. In 1998 King joined Celine Dion and Brownstone on stage to perform the hit “Treat Her Like a Lady” previously written and recorded by King from Tougher Than Love at the Essence Awards.
That year she also appeared on Soul Train, The RuPaul Show, and VIBE to promote Think Like a Girl. In 1999 she toured India doing a five city tour. From Goa, she said:
“I never thought I would come back to India. In 2010, King’s record label ThinkLikeAgirL Music Inc. went through a licensing deal with Warner Music Japan with the release of her fourth album, Warrior Gurl.
This was released in Japan on 22 September 2010. An upgraded version was released digitally in the United States on iTunes and all major online music stores (under the title Agirlnameking) on her birthday.
Diana King – Shy Guy
Diana King La La La Lies
Diana King – Say A Little Prayer
Diana King – Love Triangle
Diana King ft Bounty Killer – Summer Breezin’