At the helm of pop/rock act Dirtie Blonde is Amie Miriello. Growing up in Stamford, CT, Miriello always loved music; she got involved in musical theater at age six and was penning her own songs by the fourth grade. She grew up listening to classic rock like Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin before turning her attention to the world of singer/songwriters, particularly names like Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. She hated school -- as it was seemingly unnecessary beside dreams of becoming famous -- and at 15, Miriello enrolled in a boarding school near Boston that was geared toward the arts. There, she sang all day and taught herself how to play guitar.