ARTIST PROFILE

Normani

Name: Normani Kordei Hamilton

Birthday: May 31, 1996

Fav Dish: Fried Pickles

Normani Kordei Hamilton is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. She is a former member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, she was a finalist in season 24 of Dancing with the Stars. Her first single outside of the group, the 2018 duet “Love Lies” with Khalid, reached number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and later became triple platinum certified by RIAA. Normani was later featured on songs from Jessie Reyez and Quavo. She also collaborated with Calvin Harris on the two-track EP Normani x Calvin Harris, and released the single “Waves” featuring 6lack in November 2018. Her song with Sam Smith, “Dancing with a Stranger”, was released in January 2019, reaching the top ten in the UK and US.

Normani Kordei Hamilton was born on May 31, 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. She has two older half sisters. Raised in New Orleans, she and her family relocated to Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. From the age of 3, Normani had competed in dance, gymnastics and beauty pageants. She performed gospel music, and recorded her first song at age 13. Normani identifies as Christian.

Normani has cited 1990s and 2000s R&B music, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland,Missy Elliott, Mýa and Lauryn Hill as influences.

One year into her solo career, Normani became the fastest solo artist (without an album) to surpass one billion combined streams on Spotify. “Love Lies” charted the Mainstream Top 40 charts for forty five weeks, tying the record for longest charting song on the chart with Dua Lipa’s “New Rules”. “Love Lies” also stayed in the Top 10 of the chart for twenty six weeks, making it the first song by a female or black artist (along with Khalid) to do so. MTV referred to her as the “New Princess of Pop”, while Rolling Stone described her as an “R&B Princess”.