Rita Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu; 26 November 1990) is a British singer and actress. Her debut studio album, Ora, released in 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. The album contained the UK number-one singles, “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party)”. After reaching the peak position as a featured act on DJ Fresh’s “Hot Right Now”, Ora became the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three consecutive singles reaching the top position. She was nominated for three Brit Awards at the 2013 ceremony.
Her single, “I Will Never Let You Down”, became her fourth UK number one when it debuted at the top of the charts in 2014.Also in 2014, Ora featured on Iggy Azalea’s single, “Black Widow”, which reached number three in the US. In 2015, Ora became a coach on the fourth series of The Voice UK and, later that year, a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor.
Ora began performing at open mic sessions around London and, occasionally, in her father’s pub. In 2007, Ora had her first music release when she appeared on Craig David’s track titled “Awkward”, and then again in 2008 on “Where’s Your Love”, featuring Tinchy Stryder. On both tracks she was not officially credited. She featured on two songs of James Morrison’s album, Songs for You, Truths for Me, as backing vocalist.
Ora is of Albanian ethnicity and speaks Albanian. Asked about her religion, Ora said that she doesn’t consider herself religious, but “more of a spiritual person.” Ora considers herself a feminist.
Her maternal grandfather, Osman Bajraktari, was a diplomat. He was the Albanian consul to Russia (then part of the Soviet Union) in the 1980s.
On 10 July 2015, Ora was named an honorary ambassador for the Republic of Kosovo by the country’s president, Atifete Jahjaga, at the Embassy of Kosovo in London.Ora, who was joined at the ceremony by her parents, and former British Prime Minister and his wife, Tony and Cherie Blair, stated she was “overwhelmed” by the honour and pledged to help the youth of Kosovo.