Eliot Sumner

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Eliot Sumner
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Background information
Birth name Eliot Paulina Sumner
Also known as Coco, I Blame Coco
Born (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 24)
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Genres New wave, indie rock, synthpop, reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, synth
Years active 2005–present
Labels Island Records, Universal Music Group
Associated acts Teddybears, Fyfe Dangerfield, Sub Focus, Mew, Miike Snow, Robyn, Fiction Plane, La Roux, Sting
Website eliotsumner.com

Eliot Paulina Sumner (born 30 July 1990 in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy), also known as Coco, is an English musician. Her debut album was released under the band name I Blame Coco, a name which she has since abandoned. I Blame Coco's debut album, The Constant, was released in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2010. She is the daughter of musician Sting and actress/producer Trudie Styler.


Eliot Sumner began playing music at a young age and writing songs at the age of 15.[1] Some of her earlier demos include "I Blame Coco", "Look The Other Way", "Bohemian Love", "Darkstar", "Never Be", "Voice in My Head", "Avion", and "No Smile" (A song which would later appear on her album, The Constant), many of which were imbued with a heavy reggae influence and elements of pop punk. The song "I Blame Coco", which was co-written with Mr Hudson, was released independently as a 7" single in 2007.[citation needed] The band includes Jonny Mott – Keyboards, Alexis Nunez – Drums, Jonas Jalhay – Guitar and Rory Andrew – Bass.[citation needed]

At age 17, Eliot signed a multi-record deal with Island Records.[2][3] Eliot spent six months writing and recording her debut album The Constant in Sweden with one of her two producers, Klas Åhlund.[1] According to his manager, Christian Wåhlberg, Åhlund had been keen to work with Eliot because he saw the "punk rocker" in her.[4] The electropop sound of her debut album was influenced by Island president Darcus Beese, with Wåhlberg saying that if Eliot had signed to a different label then the music she created with Åhlund would have sounded differently.[4] I Blame Coco's debut single for Island, "Caesar", featuring Robyn, was released in February 2010.[3] Eliot released her follow-up single entitled "Self Machine" on 12 July 2010.[5]

Eliot has worked with Fyfe Dangerfield performing "Only Love Can Break Your Heart",[6] Miike Snow, and Sub Focus performing "Splash". She has also performed with Pete Doherty, Mr Hudson and Plan B.

In April 2010, I Blame Coco supported Mercury Prize nominee La Roux on their UK tour.[citation needed] Throughout Summer 2010, I Blame Coco played several music festivals including Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Benicassim, Wireless, Isle of Wight, Lovebox and Jalouse Rocks.[citation needed] October and November 2010 the band had their very first headline UK and European tour. The UK tour was supported by Kyla La Grange.[citation needed]

Since 2012, Sumner has been working on her second album. In February 2012, the band appeared at London's Hoxton Bar & Kitchen to showcase some of their new material, which exhibits a more laidback and mature sound. She announced that she would be writing the rest of the songs for her second album. In an interview in October 2013, Sting said that Coco's new album would be out in Spring 2014.[7] Later, in April 2014, Coco said in an interview that she would be releasing music under her own name henceforth.[8] She released an EP, Information, on 5 August 2014, and an album will follow in early 2015.

Other work[edit]

Eliot worked with Clint Mansell covering Radiohead's classic song "Creep" on the soundtrack for the 2013 film Filth. Eliot provided guest vocals on the track "End of The Road" from the 2008 Sway DaSafo album, The Signature LP. In April 2010, she provided vocals and appeared in the Sub Focus' single "Splash",[9] from his 2010 self-titled début album, Sub Focus. Eliots vocals can also be heard on the Miike Snow track 'Animal'.[citation needed] Aside from music, Eliot also had a small role in the 2007 film Stardust and featured in Burberry Spring/Summer 2008 advertising campaign.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Eliot Sumner is the daughter of musician Sting and actress/producer Trudie Styler. Eliot has five siblings. Her half-brother Joseph Sumner (born 1976) is the lead singer of the band Fiction Plane. Her half-sister is actress Fuschia Katherine "Kate" Sumner (born 1982). Sister Brigitte Michael "Mickey" Sumner (born 1984) is a filmmaker, artist and actress; Jake Sumner (born 1985) is a film director, and youngest brother Giacomo Luke Sumner (born 1995) is a student. Eliot lost her sense of smell after a brain injury in 2009[10] and is obsessed with buying broken keyboards.[11]

Sumner was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and then the Fine Arts College, a 6th form college in Belsize Park, north London.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


The Constant 86 58 82 88 41 36 72 31


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Caesar" (featuring Robyn) 2010 The Constant
"Selfmachine" 64 53 93 56
"Quicker" 91
"In Spirit Golden"
"Turn Your Back on Love" 2011
"Information" 2014 Information - EP

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Animal" (with Miike Snow) 2009 98 Miike Snow
"Splash" (with Sub Focus) 2010 41 7 Sub Focus

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "Caesar" Hope Audikana[19]
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Tom & Tabitha[20]
"Splash" Nick Frew[21]
"Self Machine" Alex Smith[22]
"Quicker" China Moo-Young[23]
"In Spirit Golden" Hope Audikana[24]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Virgin Media Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 "I Blame Coco" Best Newcomer Nominated


  1. ^ a b "About". I Blame Coco. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  2. ^ McCormick, Neil (1 February 2010). "Coco Sumner: 'Forget my dad! Hear my band'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Machell, Ben (30 January 2010). "Coco Sumner on Sting, shyness and singing". Times Online. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview With Christian Wåhlberg". HitQuarters. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  5. ^ Radio 1, "New Releases", 6 February
  6. ^ "Coco Sumner and Fyfe Dangerfirld Team Up". Glasswerk.co.uk. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ http://www.chartsinfrance.net/I-Blame-Coco/news-88165.html
  8. ^ Poveda, Ona. "ELIOT SUMNER – PullTheMetal". PullTheMetal. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  9. ^ music video
  10. ^ "Coco Sumner: My dad Sting talked me into having life-saving brain scan | Celebrity News". Now Magazine. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  11. ^ Nylon Magazine, October 2010.
  12. ^ "Coco Sumner – Every little thing Sting's daughter does is magic". The Independent. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Discographie Eliot Sumner". Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Discografie Eliot Sumner". Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Discografie Eliot Sumner". Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Discographie Eliot Sumner". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  17. ^ Peak position for The Constant:
    "OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart :: sales for the period 02.11.2010 - 07.11.2010". OLiS. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Discography Eliot Sumner". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's Caesar by Hope Audikana " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  20. ^ "Coco and Fyfe – Only Love Can Break Your Heart". YouTube. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  21. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Sub Focus' Splash (feat. Coco) by Nick Frew " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  22. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's Self Machine by Alex Smith " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  23. ^ Moo, China. "I Blame Coco 'Quicker' on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's in Spirit Golden by Hope Audikana " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 

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