Diana Nicole DeGarmo was born on 16 June 1987, in Birmingham, Alabama USA, and is an actress, singer and songwriter, perhaps best known for finishing as the runner up in the third season of the TV show “American Idol”. She’s released numerous songs and has also been popular in musical theatre. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Diana DeGarmo? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $1.5 million, mostly earned through a successful career in music and acting. She’s starred in numerous Broadway shows and national tours, and has appeared in “The Young and the Restless” TV series. As she continues her career it is expected that her wealth will increase.
Diana DeGarmo Net Worth $1.5 million
At a young age Diana was already singing, and she performed at the 1997 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, and took part in stage productions including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She then joined The Cartoon Network as a part of the Cartoon gang, and was later a Coca-Cola Kid in the 1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta. She continued performing over the years, then was named as Miss Georgia Teen in 2002. Her net worth was established.
In 2004, she joined the third season of “American Idol” and finished as a runner up to winner Fantasia Barrino. During her time on the show, she never slipped into the bottom two, and started to gain popularity mid-season before becoming one of the top contenders of the show. She competed in the show at the age of 16 and would tour with the rest of the contestants during the summer of 2004. After the finale of the show, she was signed by RCA Records and would release the single “Dreams”, which reached 14th spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Her debut album entitled “Blue Skies” was released at the end of the year, and debuted in 52nd spot on the Billboard 200, selling well despite not having much advertising, and helping to increase her net worth.
She then recorded a song for the Disney movie “Ice Princess”, followed in 2007 by deciding to record a pop/R&B album, but eventually backed out to return to country music. Two years later, she released an acoustic EP entitled “Unplugged in Nashville”, and then released another song entitled “Good Goodbye” which was used by her character in “The Young and the Restless” TV series in 2011-12.
Aside from her music career, she started performing on stage in major productions beginning with 2005’s “West Side Story”. She became part of the production of “Hairspray” as well as “Godspell”. In 2009, she starred in “Back to Bacharach and David” before becoming the narrator in a “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” production. She then went to work on the off-Broadway musical “The Toxic Avenger” before touring as part of “9 to 5”. One of her latest projects is 2015’s “The Wizard of Oz”. All of these projects helped her net worth rise further.
Diana has also done television and film work, beginning with 2011’s “The Young and the Restless” which she portrayed Angelina Veneziano. The following year, she was cast in “Wyatt Earp’s Revenge” and then made a cameo appearance in the Lifetime special “All About Christmas Eve”. In 2013, she starred in the independent film “Alto”, before being cast in “The Morning Sun” which is based on the play “The Morning the Sun Fell Down”.
For her personal life, it is known that Diana married Ace Young in 2013, who was also an “American Idol” finalist. They reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Returned to the role of Penny Lou Pingleton in the Broadway production of Hairspray after shortly touring as the title character in the musical Brooklyn. [December 2006]
Just ended a stint in Off-Broadway's "The Toxic Avenger". Continues to do musical theatre productions and sings and writes country music in Nashville. [January 2010]
Recently split with record label, RCA, with their approval and at her request. [June 2005]
Continues to perform in musical theatre, recently played Sarah, a sexy, blind librarian in "The Toxic Avenger Musical" Off-Broadway. [January 2010]
Currently starring as Penny Pingleton in the hit Broadway show "Hairspray"
Plying the role of Angelina on the popular CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless". [December 2011]
Traveling across the U.S. and to other countries promoting her album, "Blue Skies" [February 2005]
Performs as a country singer/songwriter in Nashville and released an acoustic EP of original tracks entitled "Unplugged in Nashville" digitally. [February 2009]
Engaged to Ace Young.
First contestant from American Idol to go on a USO tour to the Persian Gulf in 2005, at age 18. She's also the youngest performer to go overseas.
The song "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin, written by Desmond Child, contains the lyric "she switches signs like a Gemini". This line was inspired by Diana (a Gemini), who knew Child and had discussed zodiac signs with around the time he wrote the song.
On American Idol, she sang "This is It" by Melba Moore on disco night. Two years later she starred alongside Melba Moore in the cast of the national tour of Brooklyn: The Musical.
She is of Italian/French/Native American descent.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama but spent most of her life in Snellville, Georgia
She performed at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee when she was younger.
Shares the same birth date as Tupac Shakur.
Before being a contestant on American Idol, she sang the national anthem for her high school and for just about every major league sports team in town. She earned the local nickname "the national anthem girl".
Was crowned Miss Teen Georgia 2002.
As a child, participated in everything from beauty pageants, musical productions and commercials, to even being featured on The Cartoon Network.
Her mother is Brenda DeGarmo; one older brother, David
Her favorite artists include'Céline Dion', Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline.
Has two dogs, Rosie and Dixie
Debut album, "Blue Skies" was released on December 7, 2004
Favourite song to sing is "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin
I have found that the best thing to do in life is to look forward to the future and not dwell on the past. We all have problems. We can use them as an excuse or a stepping stone, but how we handle them is what sets us apart as human beings. Life is a giant school, and what we do with those lessons is up to us.
I grew up listening to Patsy Cline. I was a huge Patsy Cline fan. I still am. Even though she's considered country, I think of her more as a blues singer. She's got a great blues voice and she has such an amazing story, which I always loved. I knew her entire greatest hits album backwards, forwards and inside out. My mother would try and skip over some of the songs to make the tape shorter and I'd go, "Hey, you missed one! You missed one!"
Because I came in second place, it makes me want to work harder
I've been doing this sort of thing my entire life. It's my love, it's my passion, it's what I do day in and day out. I eat, sleep, and breathe music and singing.
At school my nickname is the National Anthem girl.
When I found out I was in the finals I about had a heart attack I did this whole speechless thing and for me that is a really big thing cause I am a talker.
I'm planning to be the youngest contestant in the Top 32, and I'm planning to be the youngest person in the Top 10...
I have a very voluptuous rear, I have a J. Lo butt and I'm proud of it!
If you see me, I'm always wearing black and pink. If I don't have it on, I at least have something that's black and pink. For instance, like, a bracelet or something.