Diana DeGarmo was born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up primarily in Snellville, Georgia. Auditioning on American Idol at age 16, DeGarmo went through weeks of auditions before making it to the top 32, where she then sang before a national TV audience. Voted into the top 12 by the American public, DeGarmo impressed with performances like “Think”, “One Voice”, “No More Tears”, “This is It”, “Because You Loved Me” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud”, and after making it to the bottom 3 three times,consistently became a fan favorite, making it all the way to the finals. Losing out to Fantasia Barrino by 1-2% of the vote on May 26, 2004, DeGarmo went on tour with the rest of the top 10. She released her single “Dreams” at the same time, which became the third best selling single of the year.
DeGarmo performed in the Atlanta productions of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Annie” and at the end of 2005, DeGarmo she went on a USO tour to entertain the troops in 13 countries overseas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. It was a life-changing experience for DeGarmo. Shortly thereafter, DeGarmo set her sights on Broadway, debuting in the role of nerdy sidekick Penny Pingleton in Broadway’s “Hairspray” in February 2006. She toured with “Brooklyn: The Musical” in the summer of 2006 with Tony Award winners Melba Moore and Cleavant Derricks, then returned to “Hairspray” to reprise her role as Penny until February 2007.
While participating in the CMT reality TV competition “Gone Country” in 2007, DeGarmo realized her heart was really in country music and decided to return to her roots in the genre, having started singing country music as a child. She now lives in Nashville and performs as a country singer/songwriter.