Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Born 10 April 1979.
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Sophie Ellis Baxter live in the Teepee at Radio 2 in Hyde Park

Sophie Ellis Baxter performs live in the Teepee at Radio 2 in Hyde Park.

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Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor (born 10 April 1979) is an English singer, songwriter, model and occasional DJ. 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.

Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in September 2001. The album reached number two on 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.

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  1. Review of Make a Scene

    Make a Scene 2011

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    One amazing track rather overshadows the rest of this fourth album.
  2. Review of Trip The Light Fantastic

    Trip The Light Fantastic 2007

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    Sophie’s certainly made the pop record she wants to, and if it all sounds a tad 2002...
  3. Review of Shoot From The Hip

    Shoot From The Hip 2003

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Too many of the tracks here are predictable. 'Party In My Head' does not inspire me to...
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