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DIANA ANAID

Diana Anaid

Birth name Diana Gosper
Also known as Diana Ahnaid
Born 8 April 1976
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Origin Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Alternative rock, pop rock, post-grunge, dance-pop, acoustic rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar

Diana Anaid (born Newcastle, 8 April 1976) is the performance name of Diana Gosper, an Australian alternative rock singer-songwriter. From 1997 to 2003 she used the moniker, Diana ah Naid. Anaid has issued five studio albums, Diana ah Naid (8 April 1997, her 21st birthday), I Don’t Think I’m Pregnant (September 1999), Beautiful Obscene (20 April 2004) Diana Anaid (2010) and “My Queen” (2017). 2007 also saw the release of Diana Anaid’s first live album “Live At Bush Theatre” which was recorded in her home town of Nimbin, NSW.

Her debut single, “I Go Off” (June 1997), peaked at No. 35 on the ARIA Singles Chart and soon became a fan favourite, having been given high rotation on TripleJ Radio. Another single, “Last Thing” (2004), reached the Top 40 Tracks on Billboard’s component chart.

Diana Anaid was born as Diana Gosper, in Newcastle, on 8 April 1976. Her mother died when Anaid was one year old. With her father and two older brothers, she “lived the archetypal hippie commune life, travelling around the northern part of the state”. Anaid later recalled “my dad was travelling around the country trying to escape from his inner demons… It was a gypsy lifestyle and it was quite poor.” She had “a long childhood involving children’s homes, foster parents, charity organisations, food vouchers and freaks – often on the run from authority but with nowhere to go.”

By the age of 15 Anaid had settled in the Lismore-Nimbin area, with her two brothers – their father had moved on. She turned to music, “I picked up the guitar… and taught myself how to play”; and performed in “folk / blues clubs and cafes of the region”. Anaid undertook a year of education in Canberra, and with her then-partner, returned to Lismore. At the age of 16 Anaid had a son, Stone, and, for three years, she dropped out of the music industry to look after him. She used the moniker, Diana ah Naid, as an almost palindrome, “a reverse of her first name – except she added the letter ‘H'” The ‘H’ was added for numerological effect, as it “represents the number ‘8’ which signifies ‘power’ and ‘forcefulness’ and ‘infinity’.”

2011 to present

In January 2011, Diana Anaid was nominated in the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards for her song “Charity” in the Sing Out for Social Action Song category. It was recorded by Anaid on lead vocals and acoustic guitar; Correy on electric and bass guitars; and Dean Belcastro on drums and keyboards. The track was written by Anaid and Correy.

In February 2017 Anaid announced that she had recorded her fifth album, titled My Queen. Its first single, “Can’t Apologise”, was released in July 2017 with an accompanying music video, directed by Nick Egan.

Discography

Albums

Diana ah Naid (500 copies only, 8 April 1997)
Diana ah Naid (remixed, re-released, Origin Records, September 1997
I Don’t Think I’m Pregnant (Origin Records/Shock Records, September 1999)
Beautiful Obscene (2004)
Live at the Bush Theatre (live album, 20 February 2007)
Diana Anaid (Forola/MGM Distribution, 12 April 2010)
My Queen (2017)

Singles

“I Go Off” (June 1997) AUS: No. 36; Triple J Hot 100, 1997: No. 58
“See Through” 1997
“Leaving the Country” (April 1998)
“Oh No” (October 1998)
“Perfect Family” (August 1999) Triple J Hot 100, 1999: No. 55
“Paper Hat” (November 1999)
“Don’t Believe in Love (February 2000)
“Love Song for a Girl (2001)
“Last Thing” (2004) US Billboard Top 40 Tracks: No. 34[26]
“Cheatin’ on Me” (2007)
“Cynical on Waking” (2009)
“Can’t Apologise” (2017)
“My Queen” (2017)