Sophie Ellis Bextor

Sophie DJs with her husband Richard Jones from band, The Feeling. Together they make up dj duo, Me & Mrs Jones

Sophie has just released her fifth studio album Wanderlust whilst becoming a Semi Finalist on BBC hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Sometimes you can go looking for change. Sometimes change finds you…

Twelve months ago, when Sophie Ellis-Bextor set about making her fifth album Wanderlust, she had no reason to believe this last year would be exceptionally different to any other. Having spent over a decade finessing her pop vision over four albums – in the process selling over five million records – Sophie might have been forgiven for adhering to the old adage about not fixing what wasn’t broken in the first place. There were no prime-time TV dance contests on the horizon; no great masterplan beyond another album of songs that could square up to career high-points such as Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), Murder On The Dancefloor, Take Me Home and Catch You.

Amid the infinite choices that await at the beginning of any creative undertaking, however, there was a single intuition. Closing her previous album Make A Scene was Cut Straight To The Heart – a song cowritten with one of her favourite singer-songwriters Ed Harcourt. Why not pick up where they left off?

For Sophie, Wanderlust represents a welcome, if unplanned, squaring of the circle.

Sophie’s Orchestral Greatest Hits, The Song Diaries, is her seventh studio album. Singles such as Murder On The Dancefloor and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love), which was the most played record on UK radio between 2000 and 2010, have been re-worked with beautiful orchestral arrangements to create new versions of Sophie’s biggest hits and the album includes orchestral versions of 6 top 10 singles.
The Song Diaries is out now.

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