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Best known for her comedy character Miranda Sings, Ballinger was born November 21, 1986 and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She attended San Marcos High School and graduated in 2008 from Azusa Pacific University. From 2007 to 2009, she performed for Disney in California and gave private voice and movement coaching and piano lessons to children.
In 2008, Ballinger began to display videos of the comically talentless, egotistical and quirky character Miranda Sings on her YouTube channel under the username mirandasings08. On these videos, the character sings badly and rants about her critics, the "haters". Ballinger created Miranda as a satire of the many bad but egotistical singers who believe that posting their videos on YouTube will lead to them breaking into show business. A second YouTube channel, Mirandavlogz, features videos where the character discusses a topic or gives a tutorial of the day. The two YouTube channels have received a total of nearly 40 million total views.
Beginning in 2009, Ballinger has performed a cabaret act, in character as Miranda, at cabaret spaces and theatres in New York, London, and other cities in the U.S., Australia and Canada. Her act includes Miranda's signature off-key singing of show tunes and pop music hits, they often incorporate giving a "voice lesson" to, and singing a duet with, Broadway or local celebrities, and reading hate mail directed to the character. For more about Miranda Sings, see the Wikipedia article about Miranda Sings.
Ballinger appears on the 2010 album 'More With Every Line' by songwriter Tim Prottey-Jones. She is also heard on the 2011 album 'Self Taught, Still Learning' by Chris Passey. She played Lynda Bird Johnson in a staged reading of 'First Kids' in June 2011, and in October 2011 she created the role of Circe Off-Broadway in 'Odyssey ï¿½ The Epic Musical' by the American Theatre of Actors.
In summer 2012, Ballinger was featured as nurse Royal in the web series Dr. Fubalous. Ballinger's Miranda character appeared in a 2012 episode of the TV show '[[Victorious]]'.