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Beth Ditto
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Ditto at Roskilde Festival 2012
Background information
Birth name Mary Beth Patterson
Born February 19, 1981 (1981-02-19) (age 40)
Origin Judsonia, Arkansas, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, post-punk, synthpop
Instruments Vocals
Labels Kill Rock Stars, Columbia, Virgin
Associated acts Gossip

Beth Ditto (born February 19, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for being the singer of the Gossip.

Early life

Ditto grew up in Searcy, Arkansas. She lived in a two-bedroom house with her mother and six siblings until she was 13. Then she went to live with her aunt Jannie. Ditto moved to Olympia, Washington in 1999 with friends.


In 1999 Ditto started Gossip with guitarist Nathan "Brace Paine" Howdeshell and drummer Kathy Mendonça. In August 2000 they played at the first Ladyfest in Olympia. There were over 2000 people there.

On January 23 2001 Gossip's first album That's Not What I Heard was released by Kill Rock Stars.

Their second album, Movement, was released the next year.

In 2006 their third studio album Standing in the Way of Control was released. A remix of Standing in the Way of Control by Soulwax was used as the theme song of the UK teen drama Skins. The album was successful in the UK and Ditto became famous there.

In 2006 NME put her at the top of their year's Cool List. In 2009 she made a clothing collection for Evans, a UK store that sells clothes for plus-size women. In October 2012, Coal to Diamonds, a book Ditto wrote with Michelle Tea about her life so far, was published. In May 2013 she did a video for Rookie magazine's Ask a Grown Woman. In June 2013 she sung on the single "A Rose By Any Name" by Blondie.

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