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Sophie Ellis Bextor

Facts about Sophie Ellis Bextor

Date of Birth:10 April 1979
Birthplace:West Middlesex
First Name:Sophie
Last Name:Ellis-Bextor
Height:5' 9" (175 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Brown - Dark
Star Sign:Aries
Occupation Category:Singer
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Biography for Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor (born 10 Apr. 1979 (42 years ago)) is a multi-platinum selling English singer-songwriter and model. Her music is a mixture of mainstream Pop, Disco, Nu-Disco, and 1980 (41 years ago) electronic influences.


Music career

Ellis-Bextor began her musical career in 1997 (24 years ago), 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 1 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 (23 years ago) 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 dec. 1998 (23 years ago). In 1999 (22 years ago) Ellis-Bextor made an appearance on the Departure Lounge album Out Of Here.

Solo career

After theaudience split, Ellis-Bextor took a year off from singing. In 2000 (21 years ago), 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 U.K. charts at No. 1, just beating former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (11 walls) 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 (21 years ago) 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, beating even Madonna. In 2000 (21 years ago), 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.

Read My Lips

In 2001 (20 years ago), Ellis-Bextor released her debut album, Read My Lips. It reached No. 2 on the UK charts and spawned four top-twenty hit singles. Her rework of Cher's "Take Me Home" reached No. 2, as did "Murder on the Dancefloor", which became Ellis-Bextor's biggest single to date and was on charts for twenty-three weeks. "Murder on the Dancefloor" became Europe's most played song of 2002 (19 years ago). In 2002 (19 years ago), 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 Jun. 2002 (19 years ago) and reached No. 3. The fourth single, "Music Gets the Best of Me", rose to No. 14 in December. At the beginning of 2002 (19 years ago), Ellis-Bextor was nominated for the "British Female Solo Artist" BRIT Award, going on to be nominated for a further two consecutive years.

Shoot from the Hip

Her second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in Oct. 2003 (18 years ago). Although it was not as commercially successful as her previous material, it held two further top-ten singles. The album reached no higher than No. 19 on the UK charts; its two singles were "Mixed Up World", which reached No. 7, and "I Won't Change You", reaching No. 9. Around this time, rivalry against Victoria Beckham (11 walls) was suggested again; Victoria's single "This Groove" / "Let Your Head Go" reached No. 3, 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 as well as the Shoot From The Hip Tour were scrapped. After that, Ellis-Bextor paused her musical career to take care of her first child.

Trip the Light Fantastic

In 2004 (17 years ago), she announced that she was working on a third album. She worked with Fred Schneider of The B-52s and Richard Barone (formerly of The Bongos), Shelly Poole (formerly of Alisha's Attic), Cathy Dennis and Kerin Smith (formerly of theaudience) among others to create a disco-pop album which was released on 21 May, 2007 (14 years ago) and is entitled Trip the Light Fantastic.

Before the album two singles were released, Catch You, which charted in the UK through downloads alone at No. 18 and peaked at No. 8 after a physical release and Me and My Imagination which was released on 14 May and charted at No. 23. Her album Trip the Light Fantastic debuted at No. 7 on the UK albums chart and just missed the top twenty the following week, falling to No. 21. The album was certified Gold in Jul. 2008 (13 years ago), for selling over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

Ellis-Bextor supported George Michael (12 walls) on his UK tour leg in Jun. 2007 (14 years ago). Her own UK tour was due to start on the 14th Aug. 2007 (14 years ago), entitled "Trip The Light Fantastic Tour", but, on 8 sep. 2007 (14 years ago), on her official website, Ellis-Bextor said that she had postponed it because she was invited to be the "special guest" on the forthcoming Take That European Tour, which commenced on 11 Oct. 2007 (14 years ago) in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ellis-Bextor stated that her tour would be re-scheduled for Mar. 2008 (13 years ago), with all tickets purchased being valid for the rescheduled concerts. However, the tour was never rescheduled, and Ellis-Bextor subsequently refused to discuss the issue in interviews.

The third single off Trip The Light Fantastic was Today the Sun's on Us, which was released on 13 Aug. 2007 (14 years ago). The track received good reviews, and the accompanying video, directed by Sophie Muller and shot in Reykjavik, Iceland has achieved strong airplay on music channels; this did not help sales of the single, however, which debuted on the UK Singles Chart at No. 64. The single, however, was responsible for the album's re-entry into the top 100, where it spent another two weeks.

On the first of sep. 2007 (14 years ago), Ellis-Bextor took part in Sopot Festival 2007 (14 years ago) in Poland, representing the UK.

She performed "If I Can't Dance" on DanceX, BBC One on 28 Jul. 2007 (14 years ago) and confirmed that it would be the fourth single in an interview with Digital Spy on 2 Aug. 2007 (14 years ago), a position that was later retracted in an interview on her website dated 12 Aug. 2007 (14 years ago). "Love Is Here" was confirmed on her website as the fourth single, however, that release was also scrapped as she was supposed to release a brand new single in late Nov. which was to be included on the following "Greatest Hits" compilation. The release date of the Greatest Hits was pushed back to Mar. 2008 (13 years ago), and subsequently cancelled.

However, "If I Can't Dance" was released in Spain as the fourth single taken from the album, second released there after "Me and My Imagination". The single has been a hit on Catalonian music station Flaix FM, and the song has appeared on several compilations such as Supermodelo 2008 (13 years ago) CD and Disco Estrella 2008 (13 years ago).

4th Studio Album

Ellis-Bextor announced that her fourth studio album was due out in late summer 2009 (12 years ago) on 11 Apr. 2008 (13 years ago). Recording sessions for new songs to be included on her "Greatest Hits" collection proved fruitful, so Ellis-Bextor decided to release a fourth studio album before releasing her hits compilation. She further indicated that she was considering a change in musical direction after the release of her fourth album and Greatest Hits collection.

On 2 Jun. 2009 (12 years ago) two of her new songs, "Off And On" and "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)". appeared on her official MySpace.

Calvin Harris contributed two songs, "Calling It Love" and "Off And On", an outtake from Róisín Murphy's 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)". Her collaboration with Richard X resulted in a song titled "I Still Believe in Magic". She also worked with Groove Armada, The Hoosiers, Dimitri Tikovoi, Hannah Robinson, Metronomy, Matt Prime and Liam Howe from the Sneaker Pimps.

The album has reached #2 at the HMV Top 10 Pop Albums Coming Soon Chart, just behind Go West's new album "Futurenow."

It has been revealed by Peter Maggenis that Ellis-Bextor has recorded a cover of "Revenge," an unreleased song written by Madonna and Rick Nowels from Madonna's 1998 (23 years ago) album Ray of Light recording sessions. The demo version recorded by Madonna leaked to the internet in 2002 (19 years ago). It has been confirmed by Ellis-Bextor herself in an interview in QX magazine, that she recorded the track during her sessions for her debut solo album Read My Lips.

On the 5th of Nov. 2008 (13 years ago) Ellis-Bextor herself went onto her forums to confirm her next single would be "Sophia Loren", and also that she'll be having her second baby in Apr. 2009 (12 years ago). Ellis-Bextor confirmed her fourth album will be released a couple weeks after the album's second single in late Jul. or early Aug. 2009 (12 years ago).

Ellis-Bextor performed an exclusive gig in aid of The Terrance Higgins Trust on 28 Oct. 2008 (13 years ago). The event took place at London's hottest venue Café de Paris, and she sang some new material, plus some previous hits.

In Jan. 2009 (12 years ago) she decided to wait another few months after given birth to her child to release a new single. If "Sophia Loren" will ever become a single is yet unknown. Ellis-Bextor mentioned to replace this song by another one. "Sophia Loren" can be currently heard in the new Rimmel London ad campaign in which Ellis-Bextor also stars. The song was co-written by Ellis-Bextor, frequent collaborator Cathy Dennis, and Christopher Rojas. The latter produced the record which was mixed by London based mix engineer Jeremy Wheatley. In May 2009 (12 years ago) Sophie Ellis Bextor again went onto her forum to tell the fans that she is still working on some new songs for her next album and that she will spend some more time in the studio for it. She also explained that she wants to release it as soon as possible now. Ellis Bextor will do some promotion in Jun. for the song "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)". The album is set for release on the 5th Oct. 2009 (12 years ago).

On Aug. 3, 2009 (12 years ago) Sophie released an exclusive 5-track EP, including past hits, as well her current Top 20 hit "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)" with the Freemasons. The EP didn't include the new song she performed on the iTunes Festival called "Starlight".

Additional recordings

In early 2005 (16 years ago), 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 (15 years ago), 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 Oct. 2008 (13 years ago), Ellis-Bextor covered the Dolly Parton song "Jolene"; the track was released on the soundtrack to the BBC2 sitcom Beautiful People.

In early Nov. 2008 (13 years ago), Ellis-Bextor recorded a track with the French DJ Junior Caldera, and the song's title is "Just Can't Fight This Feeling". The song will be released as the first commercial single from Junior's upcoming first studio album "Dèbut", which will be released in mid-2009. The single is expected to be released in Feb. 2009 (12 years ago). However, the release of he single has been put on "jeopardy", as Junior Caldera is releasing as the third single from the album, the song "The Way". A fan made video with the radio edit of the song was released on Youtube in Feb. 24, 2009 (12 years ago), and reached #78 Top Favorited in France the same day. The single will be released in May 2009 (12 years ago).

In Apr. 2009 (12 years ago) Ellis-Bextor confirmed on Twitter that she is currently shooting a video for the Freemasons' new single "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)".

Other projects

In Aug. 2006 (15 years ago) it was announced that she was the new 'face' of high street fashion chain Monsoon replacing the model Sophie Dahl.

In 2007 (14 years ago), 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 Nov. 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 May 2008 (13 years ago) it was reported that Ellis-Bextor was hired by cosmetics brand Rimmel as one of their new faces. She was apparently taken aboard after wowing Rimmel's bosses in secret screen tests. Contrary to early reports however, Ellis-Bextor will not replace Kate Moss as the main face of the cosmetics giant. A new song performed by Ellis-Bextor is featured in one of the Rimmel London' spot for the line "Sexy Curves".

In 2008 (13 years ago) she features in the short musical movie The Town that Boars Me by photographer Ben Charles Edwards. The movie also features Jodie Harsh, Kelly Osbourne and Zandra Rhodes amongst others. The movie is set to debut in late summer at the Portobello movie 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.

In 2002 (19 years ago) it was rumoured she was the frontrunner to land the role of Bond girl in the James Bond movie Die Another Day. This was just a rumour: Ellis-Bextor never got the part, nor did she confirm to have auditioned for the part. She did, however, audition for the 2001 (20 years ago) movie Moulin Rouge! for the part of Satine, which eventually went to Nicole Kidman.

Ellis-Bextor is appearing as an advocate for Verdi on BBC World News classical music programme Visionaries in Aug. 2008 (13 years ago).

Ellis-Bextor performed live at Manchester's Gay Pride, on 23 Aug. 2008 (13 years ago), having just arrived back from Moscow.

On Aug. 24, 2008 (13 years ago), 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 (9 years ago) Handover Party in the Mall.

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

On 4 Oct. 2008 (13 years ago) she performed at the End Child Poverty Coalition's "Keep the Promise" event at Trafalgar Square.

Personal life

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor was born to Robin Bextor, an award-winning movie director, and Janet Ellis, then an actress, but later better known as a presenter on the TV series Blue Peter (on which Sophie appeared with her mother at the age of six, modelling snoods). Her parents divorced when Sophie was four years old. She has three sisters and two brothers. She has often spoken about being very close to her family growing up and she often takes her brothers and sisters to work with her. Her brother Jackson Ellis-Leach is currently her drummer.

She attended school at St. Stephen's School and later GoDolphin (11 walls) 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.

On 23 Apr. 2004 (17 years ago), she gave birth to her first child, a boy named Sonny. The father is the bass guitarist for The Feeling, Richard Jones, whom she later married on 25 Jun. 2005 (16 years ago) in Italy. Previously, she dated her manager Matt Boyd for six years.

Ellis-Bextor's second son, Kit Valentine, was born on Feb. 7, 2009 (12 years ago) weighing 2lb 10oz. This was her second complicated birth; Sonny was born nine weeks prematurely by emergency cesarean section after Sophie developed pre-eclampsia.


  • 2001 (20 years ago): Read My Lips
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Shoot From The Hip
  • 2007 (14 years ago): Trip the Light Fantastic
  • 2009 (12 years ago): 4th Studio Album
  • Singles:
  • 2001 (20 years ago): "Take Me Home"
  • 2001 (20 years ago): "Murder on the Dancefloor"
  • 2002 (19 years ago): "Get Over You / Move This Mountain"
  • 2002 (19 years ago): "Music Gets the Best of Me"
  • 2003 (18 years ago): "Mixed Up World"
  • 2003 (18 years ago): "I Won't Change You"
  • 2007 (14 years ago): "Catch You"
  • 2007 (14 years ago): "Me and My Imagination"
  • 2007 (14 years ago): "Today the Sun's on Us"
  • 2008 (13 years ago): "If I Can't Dance" (Only in selected European regions)


  • 2002-2003: "Watch My Lips" (United Kingdom and Europe)
  • 2006 (15 years ago): "25 Live" (Supporting George Michael (12 walls) on his tour leg around the United Kingdom and Ireland)
  • 2007 (14 years ago): "Beautiful World Live" (Supporting Take That on their tour in the United Kingdom and Ireland)


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