|Birth name||Geraldine Carroll|
|Also known as||Masquerade (1985)|
|Born||21 August 1968|
Newmarket, Suffolk, England, U.K.
|Years active||1980-2003 (inactive)|
Geraldine Carroll (born 21 August 1968, Newmarket, England), best known as Dina Carroll, is a British singer. She is of Scottish and African American heritage. Carroll had a number of hit songs during the 1990s. She had two platinum albums.
Early career[change | change source]
Carroll started singing at age of five, mainly at home with her sister. She did not have any formal training as a singer. In 1981, at the age of 13, she won a local talent competition. She sang Barbra Streisand's "Woman in Love". After leaving school, she worked in various jobs. This includes a one-day job as a maid in a Cambridge hotel in 1985.
At the age of 16, she was signed to the London record label "StreetSounds". Carroll moved to West London and recorded two singles, "Set It Off" and "One Nation". Both were released in the mid-1980s. They were credited to a non-existent group, Masquerade. After six months she left StreetSounds.
Her first album has sold more than 350,000 copies.