Spinning Plates

Music, Men, Motherhood - and Me

Spinning Plates
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor shares her experiences, insights and reflections on men, music and motherhood. Sophie Ellis-Bextor' s kitchen discos became a source of much needed escapism, catharsis and sequined joy for a swathe of the population during lockdown. From knackered mothers and fed up fathers, to cooped up partiers with nowhere to go, Sophie' s gloriously chaotic Friday kitchen performances have cheered and revived us. Now Sophie is bringing that same mixture of down to earth candour and optimistic sparkle to her first book. Part memoir, part musings, Sophie will write about the conjuring act of adulthood and motherhood and how her experience of working while raising her five sons has given her the inescapable lesson of how to navigate life in the face of failure and imperfection. Covering relationships, good enough parenting, the importance of delusion and dancing, Sophie writes about the things that take on greater importance as life becomes more complicated. From the non negotiables (solitude, music, glitter) to the unimportant (clean hair, deadlines, appropriate behaviour), this is a book about learning from our experiences and not being afraid to smash a few plates for the sake of what we actually need want and value.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller' s huge number one single, Groovejet and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor. Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in 2001 and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Her subsequent album releases include Shoot from the Hip (2003), Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011). In 2014, Sophie embarked on her debut singer/songwriter album Wanderlust with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and Producer. It proved to be a critical and commercial success: certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart. Sophie followed this release and collaboration up with 2016' s Familia, which saw her return to the dance floor with Come With Us. In January of 2019 with Ed Harcourt as Producer and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie released orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases. The album is available through Cooking Vinyl. In 2020, her regular Kitchen Discos, performed at home during lockdown with her five sons and recorded by her husband, musician Richard Jones, were watched and enjoyed by millions around the world. Songs from the Kitchen Disco was released in 2020 to critical acclaim, along with her chart-topping parenting podcast Spinning Plates, and Sophie is set to tour in 2021.