Ellis-Bextor at the 2015 British Academy Television Awards, May 2015
|Birth name||Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor|
|Also known as|
|Born||10 April 1979|
|Origin||Hounslow, London, United Kingdom|
Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor (born 10 April 1979) is a British 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.
Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.
Theaudience were a Britpop group active in the 1990s. They released one album and saw three singles enter the UK Singles Chart. The band's singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor became a successful solo artist after the band's disbandment.
Nu-disco is a 21st-century dance music genre associated with a renewed interest in 1970s US disco as well as synthesizer-heavy 1980s European dance music styles. The genre was especially popular in the mid 2000s, and experienced another small resurgence in the early to mid 2010s.
Her solo debut album, Read My Lips , was released in September 2001. The album reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. It produced four singles, three of which reached the top three in the UK. In 2003, Read My Lips won the Edison Award for "Best Dance Album". Ellis-Bextor's second album, Shoot from the Hip , was released in October 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles. Trip the Light Fantastic , her third album, was released in May 2007 and reached number seven in the UK. The album produced three singles, one of which reached the top ten in the UK.
Read My Lips is the debut studio album by English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released on 27 August 2001 by Polydor Records. After the disbandment of the Britpop group Theaudience, in which Ellis-Bextor served as vocalist, she was signed to Polydor. Prior to the LP's completion, the singer collaborated with several musicians, including band Blur's bassist Alex James, Moby and New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander. The record was described as a collection of 1980s electronica and 1970s disco music.
The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.
The Edison Award is an annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry. It is one of the oldest music awards in the world, having been presented since 1960.
In 2009, Ellis-Bextor released the Freemasons collaboration "Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)" (reaching number 13 in the UK) and her first extended play, Sophie Ellis-Bextor: iTunes Live in London . Her fourth studio album, Make a Scene , was released in April 2011 (reaching number 33 in the UK), with its lead single "Bittersweet" peaking at number 25 in the UK.
Freemasons are an English DJ duo from Brighton, East Sussex, England. The act consists of the producers Russell Small and James Wiltshire.
"Heartbreak " is a song by English production duo the Freemasons and English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, released on 15 June 2009 in promotion of the Freemasons' second studio album, Shakedown 2, and as the lead single from Ellis-Bextor's fourth album, Make a Scene. The song also won the 2010 OGAE Song Contest for the United Kingdom.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: iTunes Live in London is the debut extended play (EP) by English singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released on 3 August 2009 by Fascination Records and Polydor Records, exclusively to the iTunes Store. It features five singles taken from her career, including her top 20 collaboration "Heartbreak ".
In 2014, Ellis-Bextor released her fifth studio album, Wanderlust which became her highest charting album since "Read My Lips", peaking at number 4 in the UK. Coinciding with the album's release, the lead single, "Young Blood", reached number 34 in the UK. Her next effort, the Latin America inspired Familia earnt critical acclaim in 2016.
Wanderlust is the fifth studio album by English singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, released on 20 January 2014 by EBGB's. The album marks a sharp shift in Sophie's music style, incorporating elements of folk, baroque and orchestral music. It was featured as BBC Radio 2's "Album of the Week" on 18 January 2014.
"Young Blood" is a song by English recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor from her fifth studio album Wanderlust (2014). The song was released as the album's lead single on 21 November 2013. It was co-written by Ed Harcourt and Ellis-Bextor; the former also produced it. The song is a chamber pop piano ballad, which features instrumentation from subdued drums and various string instruments. In the track, Ellis-Bextor sings with restrain, incorporating a low register in the verses and hitting her highest note in the chorus. A demo version of the track was offered online in March 2013.
Familia is the sixth studio album by English singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The album was produced by Ed Harcourt, who also produced Ellis-Bextor's previous album, Wanderlust. It was released on 2 September 2016, by EBGB LLP and was critically acclaimed. It was preceded by disco-pop single "Come with Us", which was released on 19 July.
Ellis-Bextor was born in London to Janet Ellis, who was later a presenter on BBC's children's television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw , and Robin Bextor, a film producer and director: they separated when she was four.As a child, Ellis-Bextor occasionally appeared on Blue Peter alongside her mother, who presented the programme.
London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
Janet Michell Ellis, is an English television presenter, actress and writer, who is best known for presenting the BBC children's television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987. In 2016, she published her first novel, The Butcher's Hook. She is the mother of the singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the drummer Jackson Ellis-Leach and the art historian Martha Ellis-Leach.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.
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.
The Godolphin and Latymer School is an independent day school for girls in Hammersmith, West London.
Hammersmith is a district of west London, England, located 4.3 miles (6.9 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. It is the administrative centre of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
W11 Opera is an independent opera company in London which produces operas performed by young people aged 9 to 18. Founded in 1971, it takes its name from its location in W11, a postal district in West London consisting largely of Notting Hill and parts of Holland Park.
Ellis-Bextor has said "I didn't see myself as a good-looking girl and that was good, because I didn't rely on it.... I've now found lots of like-minded weirdos so it's OK."
After Theaudience split, Ellis-Bextor took a year off from singing.
In 2000, Ellis-Bextor collaborated with Italian DJ Spiller, adding vocals to his then-instrumental club track "Groovejet". Before recording, Ellis-Bextor's lyric was partly reworked by Rob Davis, who replaced her hook "And so it goes... how does it feel so good?" with "If this ain't love... why does it feel so good?", thereby providing the song with its subtitle. 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. 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."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. "Groovejet" won several awards: No.
In 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her début 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."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.
Her second album, Shoot from the Hip , was released in October 2003 and yielded two further top-ten singles. The album reached number 19 on the UK charts and was certified silver in 2013 for shipments of 60,000.
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 Take That's Beautiful World Tour, which commenced in October 2007.
In December 2007, Ellis-Bextor starred in the third Robbie the Reindeer special Close Encounters of the Herd Kind as a female Earth Guardian who sings at the end of the film.
Ellis-Bextor stated that her tour would be rescheduled for March 2008, with all tickets purchased being valid for the rescheduled concerts. The tour was never rescheduled, and Ellis-Bextor subsequently refused to discuss the issue in interviews.The song "If I Can't Dance" was announced as a single but later retracted, as was "Love Is Here".
Ellis-Bextor's fourth album, Make a Scene , was released in June 2011.She described it as "very much [a dance album]—more so than any of my other albums."
Looking to her next effort, Ellis-Bextor said she was planning an "album that's really different. I think I need to do something different now and move on from the dance stuff. I might come back to it, but I think this album is a good way to bow out of the dance sound for now. I think it's finishing on a high."She worked with Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren, Richard X, Dimitri Tikovoi, Hannah Robinson, Metronomy, and Liam Howe from the Sneaker Pimps. The first single from the album, "Bittersweet" (co-written by Freemasons and Hannah Robinson ), was released in May 2010 and reached 25 on the UK Singles Chart. "Not Giving Up on Love" was released as the second single from the album, in August 2010 in Europe, followed by "Starlight" as the third single in May 2011. "Off & On" was the fourth and final single.
In May 2011, she revealed that she had begun work on her fifth album.She resumed touring internationally that year, playing venues such as Jakarta's SoulNation festival, as well as returning to Australia by performing in Sydney and Melbourne. Ellis-Bextor collaborated with French DJ Bob Sinclar on a track titled "Fuck with You", which was included on his album Disco Crash and was a huge club hit in Continental Europe.
Ellis-Bextor's collaboration with French DJ Mathieu Bouthier, "Beautiful", was released on 16 July 2012 in France through iTunes.
Beginning in 2012, Ellis-Bextor worked with British singer and producer Ed Harcourt on a "more concept driven record", and possibly having as few as eight tracks. On 23 November, she performed at a London charity gala, including a new song, "Young Blood".
On 26 March 2013, a demo of "Young Blood" was released as a complimentary digital download from her website, as a thank you gift to her fans.On 14 October 2013, Wanderlust was revealed to be the title of her next album, along with the album's cover art. On 15 May 2013, Ellis-Bextor confirmed completion of the album.
Ellis-Bextor performed a headline sold-out show to support Wanderlust's release on 21 January 2014 at Bush Hall, London, and also performed at Union Chapel, London on 14 April. Ellis-Bextor then announced a 10-date UK tour, which finished in Glasgow on 20 April 2014.
"Young Blood" was released as the lead single from the album on 21 November 2013, peaking at #3 on the UK Indie Chartand #34 on the UK Singles Chart.
The album was released on 20 January 2014 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the UK Independent Albums Chart.Wanderlust also debuted inside the Scottish Top 10 Albums Chart, charting at number nine.
Aside from her Wanderlust project, she has also collaborated with Guéna LG and Amir Afargan on the track "Back 2 Paradise", which was released on 23 June 2014. The single became a club smash and was the number 1 "breakout" in October 2014 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Chart. [ citation needed ]It later reached number 25 on the Dance/Club Chart. Ellis-Bextor then featured on the song "Only Child", produced by up-and-coming new electronic music project DedRekoning, which was released in September 2014. The track was remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Roddy Reynaert and Pearson and Hirst, among others.
After spending 2014 promoting Wanderlust, on 28 January 2015, Ellis-Bextor revealed on her Twitter account that she had begun working on her sixth studio album, once again with Ed Harcourt.
On 3 November her fourth child, Jesse, was born. In January 2016, Ellis-Bextor posted an image on Instagram captioned "Last song written. Next stop - rehearsals! #album6 #whatthehellshouldicallit." She also posted a YouTube video of the making of the album.Ellis-Bextor announced on Facebook that the new album was inspired by a recent visit to North America, particularly Mexico. It was titled Familia , which is the Spanish word for "family" (a tattoo Elis Bextor wears in her arm since her first child's birth) and a sound closer to that of her earlier albums. Referring to its content, the singer explained that she "wanted something with a Spanish or Italian feel" and that it continued some stories from Wanderlust. It spawned four singles, but none of them made it into any major chart. After taking time off for the birth of her child in late 2015, she resumed touring in 2017, mostly at small venues in the UK.
In November 2017, she announced via Facebook a selection of her greatest hits reworked with an orchestra. [ citation needed ]The Song Diaries was released on March 15, 2019.In February 2018, she announced via Instagram the album will be called The Song Diaries and will consist on re-recorded tracks spawning her career from theaudience to Familia's "Wild Forever" plus a new track. The album's artwork was drawn by David Downtown. The Song Diaries first single "Love Is You", a disco track originally performed by Carol Williams, which is sampled on her early hit Groovejet, was released in August 2018. In November 2018, the reworked version of "Take Me Home" was re-released as second single; it was followed by "Take Me Home", "Murder on the Dancefloor" and "A Pessimist is Never Disappointed".
In 2001 Ellis-Bextor auditioned for the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! for the character, Satine.
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 that 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 greenerShe 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.
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. The film is set to début in late summer at the Portobello Film Festival and is produced by Glass Loves and Shoot to Kill Productions.
An advocate for animal rights, she posed for PETA's anti–fur clothing advertisement.In 2008, she fronted 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.
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". Ellis-Bextor is appearing as an advocate for Verdi on BBC World News classical music programme Visionaries.
On 4 October 2008, Ellis-Bextor sang at the Keep The Promise Rally in Trafalgar Square to end Child Poverty.
On 22 March 2013 she performed outdoors at Old Republic Square in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In September 2014, the Pretty Polly hosiery company announced that she was their latest "face and legs", and would be designing and modelling for them.
Ellis-Bextor married The Feeling bassist Richard Jones in 2005.Jones has said "something kind of smacked us in the face. The chemistry was incredible – it was like nothing I've ever experienced", and their first baby was born, two months early, only eight months after they started going out together. She suffered from pre-eclampsia (the onset of high blood pressure) during her first two pregnancies resulting in both deliveries being premature. The couple's fifth son was born in January 2019.
|2000||The Record of the Year||"Groovejet"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Ericsson Muzik Awards||Best Single||Won|
|Best Ibiza Tune||Won|
|2001||Brit Awards||Best British Single||Nominated|
|DanceStar Awards||Capital FM Worldwide Record of the Year||Won|
|2002||Music Television Awards||Herself||Best New Act||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Nominated|
|Showbusiness Awards||Recording Artist Award||Won|
|Brit Awards||British Female Solo Artist||Nominated|
|ECHO Awards||Best International Newcomer||Nominated|
|Hungarian Music Awards||Read My Lips||Best Foreign Dance Album||Won|
|APRA Music Awards||"Murder on the Dancefloor"||Most Performed Foreign Work||Nominated|
|2004||Brit Awards||Herself||British Female Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Popjustice £20 Music Prize||"Catch You"||Best British Pop Single||Nominated|
|2014||AIM Independent Music Awards||Herself||Best Live Act||Won|
Shoot from the Hip is the second studio album by British singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released on 27 October 2003 by Polydor Records, and was produced by Gregg Alexander, Matt Rowe, Jeremy Wheatley and Damian LeGassick.
"Murder on the Dancefloor" is a song written by Gregg Alexander and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, produced by Alexander and Matt Rowe for Ellis-Bextor's first album, Read My Lips. After the release of "Take Me Home" in August 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her best-selling single to date in December 2001.
"Groovejet " is a song by Italian electronic music producer Spiller, featuring vocals from British singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The single was released in August 2000 by Positiva Records. It peaked at number one in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia, as well as charting at number three on the American Hot Dance Chart. On 15 September 2000, the song was certified gold record status by the British Phonographic Industry, and was certified platinum on 22 July 2013. Various versions of the single were later featured on the German reissue and some UK editions of Ellis-Bextor's debut solo album, Read My Lips.
"Take Me Home" is a song recorded by American singer and actress Cher for her 1979 fifteenth studio album of the same name. A disco song, it was conceived after Cher was recommended to venture into said genre, after the commercial failure of her previous albums. The lyrics center around the request of a woman to be taken home by her lover. It was released as the lead single from the Take Me Home album in January 1979 through Casablanca Records, pressed as a 12-inch single.
"Music Gets the Best of Me" is a song by British singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, released as the fourth and final single from her debut solo album, Read My Lips. The single was one of two new tracks which appeared on the re-issue of the album in 2002. It peaked at #14 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also had two different music videos.
Trip the Light Fantastic is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released on 21 May 2007 by Fascination Records following the release of the lead single, "Catch You" and the second single, "Me and My Imagination". The album was available to stream via the internet on 18 May 2007, three days before the official release date. It debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number 7 but fell out of the top 40 after just three weeks.
The British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor has released six studio albums, one extended play, one video album, twenty-one singles and seventeen music videos. Ellis-Bextor debuted in 1997 as frontwoman of the indie music group theaudience, whose single "I Know Enough " reached the top twenty-five on the United Kingdom singles chart.
"Me and My Imagination" is a song by British recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor for her third studio album, Trip the Light Fantastic (2007). It was written by Ellis-Bextor, Hannah Robinson and co-written and produced by Matt Prime. It is a dance-pop, disco song and its lyrics advise an overeager suitor to play harder to get. Some critics noted that it recalls the songs from her first studio album, Read My Lips (2001).
"Today the Sun's on Us" is a song by the English recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor from her third studio album Trip the Light Fantastic (2007). It was written by Ellis-Bextor alongside Steve Robson and Nina Woodford, while production was helmed by Jeremy Wheatley and Brio Taliaferro. A pop ballad, it contains electric and bass guitar; its melancholic lyrics address living the "good times". The track served as the third single from the album, and was released on 6 August 2007 as a CD single.
"Not Giving Up on Love" is a collaboration between Dutch DJ and record producer Armin van Buuren and English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released on 20 August 2010 as the second single from van Buuren's fourth studio album, Mirage, and the fourth single from Ellis-Bextor's fourth studio album, Make a Scene.
Watch My Lips is the first and only video album by British singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It includes Ellis-Bextor's concert at the Shepherd's Bush Empire, as part of the Read My Lips Tour; Read My Lips–era videos; Theaudience videos and extras.
Make a Scene is the fourth studio album by English singer and songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor, released in Russia on 18 April 2011 by Universal Music Group and in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2011 by Ellis-Bextor's own record label, EBGB's. It is her first studio album since Trip the Light Fantastic (2007).
"Love Is a Camera" is a song performed by English recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor for her fifth album Wanderlust (2014). Ellis-Bextor co-wrote the song with Ed Harcourt, who also produced the track. Its lyrics recount the story of a woman who takes photos of her victims and keeps their souls in the pictures. Musically, the song features piano, guitars, double bass, and influences of tango and baroque. "Love Is a Camera" was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio stations in the United Kingdom as the third single from Wanderlust. The song was released on 23 June 2014.
"Runaway Daydreamer" is a song by the English recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor for her fifth studio album Wanderlust (2014). The song was released on 31 March 2014 as the second single of the album. Composed by Ed Harcourt with additional writing by Ellis-Bextor, it is a chamber pop track which features percussion and string instruments. Its lyrics, written in a way resemblant of nursery rhymes, expound on escapism and "self discovery".
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