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Alesha Dixon

TV Personality & Singer

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TV personality and singer, Alesha Dixon, talks about how she witnessed domestic violence in the home during childhood, the evolvement of her music career, her experiences with sexism, and more.
Alesha Dixon was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, to a Jamaican father and an English mother. Dixon aspired to become a PE teacher after leaving college and completing a diploma course in sports studies, she planned to attend Loughborough University, but while pursuing her passion for song and dance she was approached by a talent scout from a production company at a dance class in London. While traveling back home on the train she was approached by another scout who was forming a band and asked if she was interested.   Dixon's career began in 1999 when she met Sabrina Washington at a dance studio in Fulham, SW London. Together, they decided to form a band when they spotted Su-Elise Nash and formed a trio. They were soon signed to Telstar Records and became the popular multi-platinum UK garage/R&B band, Mis-Teeq with Alesha not just as a vocalist but as the MC/rapper of the group. Mis-teeq went on to have three top ten albums and seven consecutive top ten singles also venturing across the pond with the global hit "Scandalous"; with Alesha also making an appearance as the lead in the iconic music video for American hip-hop rock group N.E.R.D' smash single "She Wants To Move".   Alesha launched her solo career after Mis-Teeq disbanded in 2005. She signed a three album deal with Polydor Records. She spent a year writing and recording her solo debut album, "Fired Up," working with a wide range of producers. In June 2005, she announced her first solo single to be "Superficial". However, at the last minute, the song "Lipstick" was chosen as the first single. It was released and charted at No. 14 in the U.K. Singles Chart. The album was never released and she parted ways with her record label.   Alesha took part and won series 5 of the TV show “Strictly Come Dancing” in 2007, partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler. They currently hold the record for highest average score. Signing a new deal with Asylum Records, Dixon released her sophomore album “The Alesha Show” which shot up the charts spawning the hits "The Boy Does Nothing", "Breathe Slow" and "Let’s Get Excited". Alesha then joined the “Strictly Come Dancing” judging panel in September 2009 and stayed on for three series. Alesha’s third studio album “The Entertainer” was released on 29 November 2010.   In 2012, Alesha departed Strictly and joined the judging panel at “Britain’s Got Talent” alongside Simon Cowell. Dixon’s latest album “Do It for Love” was released on 9 October 2015 debuting on her own record label Precious Stone Records; releasing a string of singles but opting out of making them eligible to chart.     Throughout her career Dixon has been a devoted philanthropist, involved in numerous charities. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief in 2009 however primarily focused on issues surrounding animal rights and domestic violence also serving as Avon’s beauty and empowerment ambassador from 2011-13.    In October 2016, Alesha completed her second capsule fashion range with the company Little Black Dress where she is on the board and a percentage of the proceeds go to women's refuge.