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Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie Ellis Bextor performing at the London 2012 Party
Background information
Birth name Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor
Born 10 April 1979 (1979-04-10) (age 30)
Origin London, England
Genres Pop, electronica, dance pop, pop rock, synthpop, electro
Occupations Singer, songwriter, model
Instruments Guitar, piano, bass guitar, voice
Years active 1997–present
Labels Polydor, Fascination
Associated acts theaudience, Manic Street Preachers, Spiller, The Freemasons,
Notable instruments
Guitar, voice

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor (born 10 April 1979) is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band theaudience. After the group disbanded, Ellis-Bextor went solo, achieving widespread success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences.

Ellis-Bextor has released three solo albums: Read My Lips, Shoot from the Hip, and Trip the Light Fantastic. She is due to release her fourth solo album, 'Straight To The Heart' in September 2010.


Personal life

She attended St. Stephen's School and later Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. Among her earliest public performances were with the W11 Opera children's opera from the age of thirteen, and she is now a patron of the organisation.[1]

In 2005, Ellis-Bextor married The Feeling guitarist Richard Jones in Italy. Ellis-Bextor's second son, Drew Cox, was born on 7 February 2009 weighing 2 lb 10oz. This was her second complicated birth; Sonny was born nine weeks prematurely by emergency cesarean section after Sophie developed pre-eclampsia.[2]

Daughter of tv presenter Janet Ellis.

Music career


Ellis-Bextor began her musical career in 1997, with an indie band called theaudience. She sang the lead vocal in the band. While she was a band member, readers of Melody Maker elected her to the number-one position among the 'most sexy people in rock'. She recorded a duet with Manic Street Preachers—"Black Holes for the Young"—as a B-side for their 1998 single "The Everlasting". Several songs released by theaudience are "I Got the Wherewithal", "If You Can't Do It When You're Young; When Can You Do It?", "I Know Enough (I Don't Get Enough)", and "A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed" (perhaps their best-known single). The band split in December 1998. In 1999, Ellis-Bextor made an appearance on the Departure Lounge album Out of Here.

Early solo career and Read My Lips

After theaudience split, Ellis-Bextor took a year off from singing. In 2000, Ellis-Bextor collaborated with Italian DJ Spiller on adding vocals to his then-instrumental club track "Groovejet", her first recorded work since that with theaudience. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" entered the UK charts at number one, just beating former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham on her first solo outing to the top spot. Since then, the two have been described as rivals. Both women deny, however, that there is any rivalry between the two of them. "Groovejet" won several awards: No. 1, Pop Top 20; No. 1, ILR; No. 1, Radio 1; No. 8, top dance track of 2000 and single of the year in Melody Maker. In the Metro Newspaper, it received ninth place in the contest for the Greatest No. 1 of all time.[3] In 2000, it was a finalist in The Record of the Year. In that same year, it won the awards for Best Single and Best Ibiza Tune at the Ericsson Muzik Awards.[4]

In 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her debut album, Read My Lips. It reached number two on the UK charts and spawned four top-twenty hit singles. Her rework of Cher's "Take Me Home" reached number two, as did "Murder on the Dancefloor", which became Ellis-Bextor's biggest single and was on charts for twenty-three weeks.[5] "Murder on the Dancefloor" became Europe's most played song of 2002. In 2002, Read My Lips was re-released with two new songs (and a live version of "Groovejet") and Ellis-Bextor won the Recording Artist Award at that year's Showbusiness Awards. Her third single, "Get Over You"/"Move This Mountain", was released in June 2002 and reached number three. The fourth single, "Music Gets the Best of Me", rose to number fourteen in December. At the beginning of 2002, Ellis-Bextor was nominated for the "British Female Solo Artist" BRIT Award, going on to be nominated for a further two consecutive years.[6][7][8]

2003–2008: Shoot from the Hip and Trip the Light Fantastic

Sophie Ellis-Bextor in 2005

Her second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in October 2003. Although it was not as commercially successful as her previous material, it held two further top-ten singles. The album reached no higher than number fourteen on the UK charts; its two singles were "Mixed Up World", which reached number seven, and "I Won't Change You", reaching number nine. Around this time, rivalry against Victoria Beckham was suggested again; Beckham's single "This Groove"/"Let Your Head Go" reached number three, a higher position in the charts than "I Won't Change You". During this time Ellis-Bextor became pregnant and plans for a third and fourth single from the album, as well as the Shoot from the Hip Tour, were scrapped. After that, Ellis-Bextor took a break from her musical career to take care of her first child.

Her third album, entitled Trip the Light Fantastic, was released in May 2007 and debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart. Fred Schneider of The B-52s, Richard Barone (formerly of The Bongos), Shelly Poole (formerly of Alisha's Attic), Cathy Dennis and Kerin Smith (formerly of theaudience) contributed to produce an album of disco-pop music. Before the album, two singles were released: "Catch You", which charted in the UK at number eight, and "Me and My Imagination (number twenty-three). Trip the Light Fantastic was certified Gold in July 2008, for selling 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[9] The third single, "Today the Sun's on Us", debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number sixty-four.

Ellis-Bextor supported George Michael on his UK tour leg in June 2007. Her own UK tour, the Trip the Light Fantastic Tour, was due to start in August 2007, but it was postponed after Ellis-Bextor was invited to be the "special guest" on the forthcoming Take That European Tour, which commenced in October 2007.[10] Ellis-Bextor stated that her tour would be re-scheduled for March 2008, with all tickets purchased being valid for the rescheduled concerts. The tour was never re-scheduled, and Ellis-Bextor subsequently refused to discuss the issue in interviews.[11] In September 2007, Ellis-Bextor took part in Sopot Festival 2007 in Poland, representing the UK.

The song "If I Can't Dance" was announced as a single but later retracted,[10][12] as was "Love Is Here"; Ellis-Bextor was supposed to release a single in late November to promote a greatest hits album, but the release date was pushed back to March 2008, and subsequently cancelled. However, "If I Can't Dance" was released in Spain as the second single following "Me and My Imagination". The song has appeared on several compilations such as Supermodelo 2008 CD and Disco Estrella 2008.[13][14][15]

2009–present: Straight to the Heart

According to Ellis-Bextor in April 2008, recording sessions for her greatest hits collection proved fruitful, so she decided to release a fourth studio album before a hits compilation. She further indicated that she was considering a change in musical direction after the release of these two albums.

In November 2008, Ellis-Bextor confirmed her next single would be "Sophia Loren", which was used in a Rimmel London ad campaign in which Ellis-Bextor also starred, but a single release never materialised. In August 2009, she released a five-track live EP from the 2009 iTunes London Festival, during which she performed previous singles of hers and a new track, "Starlight" (not included on the EP).

Calvin Harris has contributed two songs to the album, "Calling It Love" and "Off and On", an outtake from Róisín Murphy's 2007 album Overpowered written with Cathy Dennis; he also remixed "Off and On" for club play. Freemasons worked with Ellis-Bextor on "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)", which was released as a single in June 2009 and peaked at number thirteen in the UK. Her collaboration with Richard X resulted in a song titled "Magic" and "Starlight". She also worked with Groove Armada, The Hoosiers, Dimitri Tikovoi, Hannah Robinson, Metronomy,[16] and Matt Prime and Liam Howe from the Sneaker Pimps. She has been quoted as saying she is working with Armin Van Buuren on a track called "Not Giving Up on Love". [17]

In January 2010, Ellis-Bextor announced through her Twitter[18] that the first single from her next album is called "Bittersweet" (co-written by Freemasons and Hannah Robinson[19]), saying it is "about when you can't resist something that you know is bad for you. a guilty pleasure. like watching celebrity big brother."[20] She proceeded to say that would be sent to radio in early March and released as a single in April.[21]

In February 2010, Ellis-Bextor was interviewed by DigitalSpy; during the interview Ellis-Bextor confirmed that the album is to be titled Make a Scene, but later announced via-Twitter "Changing the album title. Make A Scene not good enough! Will get back to you..."[22]

Ellis-Bextor performed at Birmingham's Nightingale Club in January 2010.[23]

It was announced on March 18, 2010 that her album would finally be called "Straight to the Heart"[24].

Additional recordings

In early 2005, she performed on a track by the duo Busface, entitled "Circles (Just My Good Time)"; she was credited as "Mademoiselle E.B." in order to not have this be mistaken for a single from her next album.

In 2006, her track "Dear Jimmy" was released on the Popjustice compilation. It is believed to have been recorded in the same sessions as those for her third studio album, Trip The Light Fantastic, and was originally intended for use as the B-side to her single Catch You.

In October 2008, Ellis-Bextor covered the Dolly Parton song "Jolene"; the track was released on the soundtrack to the BBC2 sitcom Beautiful People.

In early November 2008, Ellis-Bextor recorded a track with the French DJ Junior Caldera, and the song's title is "Can't Fight this Feeling, released in 2009. However, the release of the single was put on "jeopardy", as Junior Caldera released as the third single from the album the song "The Way" [25]. A fan made video with the radio edit of the song was released on Youtube in 24 February 2009, and reached #78 Top Favorited in France the same day [26]. The single was released in February 2010, in France.

Other projects

In 2007, Ellis-Bextor appeared at Christmas in the Robbie the Reindeer episode, "Close Encounters of the Herd Kind". Ellis-Bextor was depicted as a female alien at the closure of the story, singing the song 'Supersonic', the last track on her third solo studio album Trip The Light Fantastic. In November of this year she also launched the npower Greener Schools Programme, which aims to give schools in the UK a 'green makeover' by providing free energy audits, implementing tailor-made energy efficiency measures to reduce their carbon footprint, and educating children on how to be greener[27] She also launched Capital Radio's Capital 95.8 'Lights Out London' campaign, which asks Londoners to switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to save 750 MWh and send a message to the world on the importance of climate change.[28]

In 2008 she features in the short musical film The Town that Boars Me by photographer Ben Charles Edwards. The film also features Jodie Harsh, Kelly Osbourne and Zandra Rhodes amongst others. The film is set to debut in late summer at the Portobello Film Festival and is produced by Glass Loves and Shoot to Kill Productions.[29][30]

An advocate for animal rights, she posed for PETA's anti–fur clothing advertisement.[31] She is also currently fronting a campaign for The Children's Society encouraging people to log onto the Hundreds and Thousands of Childhood Memories Website to donate their favourite childhood memory.[32]

She auditioned for the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge! for the part of Satine.[33]

Ellis-Bextor is appearing as an advocate for Verdi on BBC World News classical music programme Visionaries [1]in August 2008.

Ellis-Bextor performed live at Manchester's Gay Pride, on 23 August 2008, having just arrived back from Moscow.

On 24 August 2008, Ellis-Bextor performed a live cover version of Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" outside Buckingham Palace as part of the Visa London 2012 Handover Party in the Mall.

Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones will be launching a DJ club project, called "Modern Love" in London.[34]


In May 2008 Ellis-Bextor was hired by cosmetics brand Rimmel as one of their new faces. A new song performed by Ellis-Bextor is featured in one of the Rimmel London' spot for the line "Sexy Curves".



Studio albums

Extended plays

  • 2009: Sophie Ellis-Bextor: iTunes Live in London



  1. ^ W11 Opera, Patrons
  2. ^ Sophie Ellis-Bextor Welcomes Kit Valentine Celebrity Baby Blog, 10 February 2009
  3. ^ Melody Maker 2000
  4. ^ Spiller and Jaxx take Muzik honours
  5. ^ Murder On The Dancefloor, World Charts
  6. ^ BRIT Awards 2004
  7. ^ The Brits 2003, The Nominees
  8. ^ Brits Awards: The Nominees
  9. ^ Sophie Ellis-Bextor Gold status in the UK
  10. ^ a b Sophie Ellis-Bextor's official website
  11. ^ "Isn't she lovely", Noozhumurry, J, The London Paper, 18 September 2008
  12. ^ "Video: Sophie Ellis-Bextor speaks". Digital Spy. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  13. ^ Flaix FM CD 2008
  14. ^ Disco Estrella 2008
  15. ^ Supermodelo 2008 CD Valemusic/Universal Music Spain
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  23. ^ Nightingale Club, Birmingham
  24. ^ Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Straight to the Heart
  25. ^ Junior Caldera - New single "The Way" Official MySpace
  26. ^ Fan made video Can't Fight This Feeling
  27. ^ Sophie Ellis-Bextor Greener Schools Programme
  28. ^ Sophie Ellis Bextor Launches ‘Lights Out London’ |
  29. ^ Portobello Spy: Portobello Film Festival
  30. ^ YouTube - The Town That Boars Me coming soon
  31. ^ 'Read My Lips' Sensation Says, 'Don't Wear Fur!'
  32. ^ Plea For Happy Childhood Memories
  33. ^ Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Bextor'S Moulin Rouge! Misery
  34. ^ Sophie Ellis Bextor to put Modern Love before more children

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