She was educated atMonk’s Walk School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Dixon’s parents separated when she was four and her father moved away, resulting in her later describing her family life as “very dysfunctional”. Between the ages of eight and ten, Dixon witnessed her mother sufferdomestic violencefrom her partner; she only spoke publicly about the issue 21 years later, in 2010.Dixon created a documentary for theBBC,Don’t Hit My Mum, regarding the issue of domestic abuse from a child’s perspective, and remarked upon her own childhood: “When I think about that time, I don’t remember living in harmony, I don’t remember any fun times, I suppose because the negativity has clouded it. The negative times and the scary times have blocked anything that was good … I believe that every child has the right to grow up in an environment where they feel secure and fearless going into the world, and I didn’t really feel that”.
Dixon’s first job was atLadbrokes,although she aspired to become aPEteacher after leaving college.After completing a diploma course in sports studies,she had planned to take up a place atLoughborough University, but at dance classes in London she was approached by atalent scoutfrom a production company.While travelling back home on the train she was approached by another scout who was forming a group and asked if she was interested.
Dixon rose to fame in 2001 as a member of the all-female R&B/garage/rap trio Mis-Teeq. The group disbanded in 2005 and Dixon pursued a music career as a solo artist, signing a recording contract to Polydor Records. She began recording her debut solo studio album, Fired Up, in 2005, releasing her debut single “Lipstick”, followed by “Knockdown”, after which her popularity as a singer had declined and was subsequently dropped from Polydor.