Hitch performing at the Highline Ballroom in New York City in October 2010.
|Birth name||Neon Gardiner|
|Born||May 25, 1986|
|Origin||Nottingham, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Pop, electropop, dance pop, electro-rock, pop rap|
|Labels||The Beats, Warner Bros.|
Neon Hitch (born May 25, 1986) is a British singer and songwriter. She was signed to Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem's label, The Beats, before it closed down. She was later discovered on MySpace by Benny Blanco who flew her to New York City to work with him. Their work together earned her a music publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Life and career 
Childhood and youth 
Born in Nottingham before moving at a young age to the east England countryside of London, Hitch resented her parents for her birth name, Neon, and wanted to change it to something more conventional. Her father was a lighting technician. When their house burned down, her mother, Irene Gardiner, bought a caravan to live in. They then began street performing, making and selling jewelry and clothing around Europe, and consequently, she never attended school. By the age of four, Hitch was traveling and performing with the Archaos circus. At age of ten, she began writing poetry which led to her writing lyrics. Her boyfriend noticed that she could sing and encouraged her to hone her singing. By the time she was in her teens, Hitch was trained as a trapeze artist, fire swinger and stilt walker and had performed across Europe. Her family was featured in a BBC documentary. At the age of sixteen, Hitch moved to India for a few years before resettling in London to start her music career.
2010–present: Beg, Borrow, and Steal 
Hitch began recording her debut album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal in March 2010 with Blanco. Hitch has also been working with producer Greg Kurstin. Beg, Borrow, and Steal is expected to see its release somewhere near 2013. She released promo single, "Get Over U", co-written by singer Sia, for free in January 2011. This was followed by "Silly Girl", "Bad Dog" and "Poisoned with Love", the latter which appeared in Teen Wolf and Now That's What I Call Music! 40. She also released a series of covers and mash-up covers of songs by other artists, including Wiz Khalifa's "On My Level", Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" and Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci". Hitch was also featured on "Ass Back Home" by Gym Class Heroes, which has peaked at number twelve in the Billboard Hot 100. Hitch's debut album was preceded by debut single, "Fuck U Betta" and second single "Gold", co-written by singer Bruno Mars. On January 7, 2013 Neon announced her EP title Happy Neon which was to be a collaboration with producer Happy Perez. Happy Neon was released through Billboard.com on January 14, 2013.
|Beg, Borrow, and Steal|
Extended Plays (EPs) 
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Fuck U Betta"||2012||—||1||29||58||—||—||—||—||—||Beg, Borrow, and Steal|
|"Pink Fields"||2013||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Happy Neon|
As featured artist 
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Follow Me Down"
(3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch)
|"Ass Back Home"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch)
|2011||9||5||1||24||10||15||11||12||The Papercut Chronicles II|
Promotional singles 
|"Get Over U"||2011||Beg, Borrow, and Steal|
|"Poisoned With Love"|
Other appearances 
|2009||"Stupid Love Letter"||Friday Night Boys||Off The Deep End||Co-write, background vocals|||
|"What's Urban"||Wan-Cee||The Secret Diary of Wan-Cee||Featured vocals|
|2010||"Blah Blah Blah"||Kesha featuring 3OH!3||Animal||Co-write, background vocals|||
|"Follow Me Down"||3OH!3||Almost Alice||Co-write, featured vocals|||
|"Traces"||Sky Ferreira||As If!||Co-write|
|2011||"Poisoned with Love"||Herself||Now That's What I Call Music! 40||Co-write, lead vocals|
Music videos 
|"Derek" (Streets Remix)||2007||Mike Skinner||Neon Hitch|
|"Take It Off (K$ N' Friends Version)" ||2010||SKINNY||Kesha|
|"Get Over U"||2011||Jason Bergh||Neon Hitch|
|"A** Back Home"||Dugan O'Neal||Gym Class Heroes|
|"Fuck U Betta"||2012||Chris Applebaum||Neon Hitch|
|"Pink Fields"||2013||PotsNPans ||Neon Hitch|
|"Midnight Sun"||PotsNPans||Neon Hitch|
- "Senior V.P. of A&R Kara DioGuardi Signs Neon Hitch to Recording Deal with Warner Bros. Records". Pr-inside.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- "Neon Hitch: Review". hihimag.com. Retrieved 2012-06-03.
- Collar, Matt. "Neon Hitch: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- Bark, Theo. Neon Hitch Trades Circus Life for Music Industry – Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011. Spinner. March 1, 2011.
- "Meet Amy Winehouse's room mate, Neon Hitch". Friedmylittlebrain. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- “Fuck U Betta” coming soon.neonhitch.net/news. January 6, 2012
- Neon Hitch | Beg, Borrow and Steal | Debut Album | January 2012. Fotpforums.com (1927-11-10). Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
- Neon Hitch Shows Who's 'Betta' with First No. 1 Solo Hit. Billboard.com (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Billboard charts
- "Neon Hitch – Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Neon Hitch – Australian Charts". australian-charts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Neon Hitch – Irish Charts". irish-charts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Neon Hitch – Norwegian Charts". norwegiancharts.com/ Hung Medien.
- "Neon Hitch – New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz/ Hung Medien.
- "((( Off the Deep End > Credits )))". allmusic. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- Interview: Neon Hitch. alexkazemi.com. June 15, 2010
- Video derek van NEON HITCH – Myspace Video. Myspace.com (2006-09-26). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Wan-Cee ft. Neon Hitch "What's Urban?". YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Warner Bros. Records new artist Neon Hitch | UX Entertainment. Uxe.uxentertainment.com. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Gym Class Heroes: Ass Back Home ft. Neon Hitch [OFFICIAL VIDEO. YouTube (2011-12-09). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
- Neon Hitch – Fuck U Betta [Explicit Version. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.