Early life and career beginnings
Rita Ora moved to the United Kingdom the same year of her birth.
She grew up in London and attended St Cuthbert with St Matthias
CE Primary School in Earls Court, following which she graduated
from Sylvia Young Theatre School and then St Charles Catholic
Sixth Form College. She began singing from a young age. In 2004,
she appeared in the movie Spivs. She auditioned for Eurovision:
Your Country Needs You on BBC One for the 2009 Eurovision Song
Contest and qualified, but later withdrew from the competition
as she did not feel ready.
In 2007, Ora had her first taste of music when she appeared on
Craig David's track entitled "Awkward" and then again in 2008 on
"Where's Your Love" featuring Tinchy Stryder, for which she also
appears in the music video. Ora began singing in bars and in
2009 a A&R told Roc Nation about Ora, a few days after Ora flew
out to New York and met Jay Z. In 2009, Ora made a cameo on
Jay-Z's video for "Young Forever" and Over by Drake. Ora caught
the attention of Jay-Z and he quietly signed her to Roc Nation,
in which she was featured in a commercial for Roc Nation +
Skullcandy Aviator Headphones. She has been predicted as a
Future Star by This Must Be Pop.