Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Genres: Dance
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

10 April 1979, Middlesex, England. Growing up as the daughter of Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Sophie Ellis Bextor was always likely to enjoy a spell in the limelight and so it proved, with the guitar pop of Theaudience propelling her to fame in 1997. Her perceived ‘posh’ image and distinctive looks attracted the UK press, and the band enjoyed Top 30 success with ‘A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed’ and ‘I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough)’. The first album turned out to be the last, however, with the lynchpin of the band Billy Reeves departing. In retrospect this helped Ellis Bextor’s career, as her next record became the choice dance music cut of 2000. Spiller’s ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ originated as an instrumental, a sunny Italian house track, but the addition of a vocal line co-written by Ellis Bextor gave the track an irresistible feel-good hook. The singer was able to combine this with a...

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