Sophie Ellis Bextor
Sophie Ellis Bextor (born 10 April 1979) is a multi-platinum selling 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 especially in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream Pop, Disco, Nu-Disco, and 1980s electronic influences. She is noted for a strong English accent even while singing.
Ellis-Bextor 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 in April, 2010.
In 2005, Ellis-Bextor married The Feeling guitarist Michael Barwise 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.
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. 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.
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.
An advocate for animal rights, she posed for PETA’s anti–fur clothing advertisement. 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.
She auditioned for the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge! for the part of Satine.
Ellis-Bextor is appearing as an advocate for Verdi on BBC World News classical music programme Visionaries 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.
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”.
Birth name Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor
Born 10 April 1979
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 Records, Fascination Records
Associated acts theaudience, Manic Street Preachers, Spiller,The Freemasons,