Born on April 16, 1983, Marie Christina Digby was the eldest of the three daughters of cross-breed parents. Her mother is Japanese while her father is Irish-American. Shy by nature, she felt uncomfortable being in the limelight when she was in school. However, she love for music forced her to shed all her inhibitions as she took to playing piano when she was in High School. She even started writing lyrics for songs but she hid it from her family as she was apprehensive about their reaction.
Marie Christina first performance was in high school when she participated in a talent show. Though she was nervous initially, her love for music overpowered her and left the audiences in awe of her performance.She formed her band while she was studying in the University of California at Berkeley in 2002 as a philosophy major. Music and her band were so dear to her that Marie Christina completed all her syllabus in just three days so that she could perform with her band at various clubs in Los Angeles!
Marie Christina Digby left her college mid-way to concentrate on music and perform at various night clubs. Her efforts bore fruit in 2004 when her song 'Miss Invisible' helped her in winning the Pantene Pro-Voice Music Competition. In 2005, she signed deal with Rondor Music, a subsidiary of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, and Disney's Hollywood Records. It was in the year 2006 when her song 'Fool' was included in Disney compilation album Girl Next.
In her ''desperate'' attempt to garner publicity and gain visibility, she started posting videos of herself singing songs of other artists on Youtube. Her acoustic version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit 'Umbrella' soared the popularity charts, with the song regularly featuring on Bubbling under Hot 100 Singles chart. In order to capitalize on the song's popularity, Hollywood Records recorded her rendition of 'Umbrella' and released it to iTunes and radio stations.
However, her Youtube popularity was besmirched by controversy when the Wall Street Journal claimed that her Youtube stunt was part of a pre-planned marketing strategy by Hollywood Records and that she had faked her amateur status to create buzz for her and her songs. She rebuffed the allegations, saying that Youtube stunt was done in frustration due to lack of publicity. Her songs have featured in several TV shows like Smallville, and movies. While her song 'Bring Me Love' featured in ABC Family's movie Holiday in Handcuffs, her another unreleased song 'Where Do We Go From Here?' appeared in the Lifetime movie The Dive From Clausen's Pier.Her first official single 'Say It Again' was released on January 18, 2008 and her debut album 'Unfold' also is all set for release this year.