Soulful R&B-influenced pop vocalist Pixie Lott was born Victoria Louise Lott on January 12, 1991 in Kent, England. Nicknamed Pixie by her mother, she first began singing in church. Later, Lott attended an arts school and appeared in several West End musical productions. One of her early demo recordings eventually caught the ear of producer L.A. Reid, who signed her to Island Def Jam Records when she was just 15 years old. However, songs posted to her MySpace page began drawing even more industry attention, and a bidding war ensued. Lott ultimately left Island, partnering instead with Mercury in the U.K. and Interscope in the United States. Her debut album, Turn It Up, was released in 2009 and became a hit in the U.K., where it reached platinum status on the strength of five consecutive Top 20 singles (including a pair of chart-topping hits, "Mama Do [Uh Oh, Uh Oh]" and "Boys and Girls"). Lott released her second album, the soul-inflected Young Foolish Happy, in November of 2011.