Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of indie rock band Theaudience. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in 2001. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco and 1980s electronic influences.
About Sophie Ellis-Bextor in brief
Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of indie rock band Theaudience. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in 2001. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences. In 2014, she released her fifth studio album, Wanderlust. Her sixth album, the Latin-inspired Familia earned critical acclaim in 2016. She is a patron of the W11 Opera children’s opera, which she has performed in since the age of 13. She has also worked with Italian DJ Spiller, adding vocals to his track \”Groovejet \”. In 2000, she entered the UK charts at number one, just beating former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham on her first solo track. In that year, it was a finalist in The Record of the Year, for Best Single and Ibiza Muzik at the Ericsson Muzik Awards. In 2002, Read my Lips was re-released with two new songs and was on the charts for twenty-three weeks. Her rework of Cher’s \”Murder on the Dancefloor\”, which became her biggest single to date, was on Europe’s most played song of 2002. She 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.
She attended St. Stephen’s School and later Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. The band split in 1999 after demos for a planned second album were rejected by their label Mercury Records, who then dropped the band. In 2003, she recorded a duet with Manic Street Preachers — Black Holes for the Young — as a B-side for their 1998 single \”The Everlasting\”, and in 1999, made an appearance on the Departure Lounge album Out of Here. While in Theaudiences, readers of Melody Maker voted Ellis-bextor number one in a poll of’most sexy people in rock’ The band released four singles, including the UK Top 40 hits \”I Know Enough \”, and \”A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed\”, and one self-titled album. The album produced three singles, one of which reached the top ten in the UK. Her fourth album, Make a Scene, and its lead single \”Bittersweet\” achieved top 40 positions in the British charts. It reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and spawned four top two singles and four top ten singles. It won the Edison Award for ‘Best Dance Album’ in 2003. In the same year, she won the Best Single of all time in the Metro Newspaper for the Greatest No.1 of all times, for ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’