|I Blame Coco
||Eliot Paulina Sumner
|Also known as
||Coco, I Blame Coco
30 July 1990 |
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
||New wave, indie rock, synthpop, reggae fusion
||Vocals, guitar, drums, bass guitar, piano, synth
||Teddybears, Fyfe Dangerfield, Sub Focus, Mew, Miike Snow, Robyn, Fiction Plane, La Roux
Eliot Paulina Sumner (born 30 July 1990, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy), also known as Coco, is an English musician recording under the band name I Blame Coco. 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.
I Blame Coco 
Eliot Sumner began playing music at a young age and writing songs at the age of 15. 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. The band includes Jonny Mott - Keyboards, Alexis Nunez - Drums, Jonas Jalhay - Guitar and Rory Andrew - Bass.
At age 17, Eliot signed a multi-record deal with Island Records. Eliot spent six months writing and recording her debut album The Constant in Sweden with one of her two producers, Klas Åhlund. According to his manager, Christian Wåhlberg, Åhlund had been keen to work with Eliot because he saw the "punk rocker" in her. 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. I Blame Coco's debut single for Island, "Caesar", featuring Robyn, was released in February 2010. Eliot released her follow-up single entitled "Self Machine" on 12 July 2010.
Eliot has worked with Fyfe Dangerfield performing "Only Love Can Break Your Heart", 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. 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. October and November 2010, saw the band embark on their very first headline UK and European tour. The UK tour was supported by Kyla La Grange. Sumner is currently working on her second album. On 14 February, the band appeared at London's Hoxton Bar & Kitchen to showcase some of their new material, which exhibits a more laidback & mature sound. On 10 September, Coco announced that she would be writing the rest of the songs for her second album.
Other work 
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", from his 2010 self-titled début album, Sub Focus. Eliots vocals can also be heard on the Miike Snow track 'Animal'. Aside from music, Eliot also had a small role in the 2007 film Stardust and featured in Burberry Spring/Summer 2008 advertising campaign.
Personal life 
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 Fuchsia Catherine "Kate" Sumner (born 1982). Bridget Michael "Mickey" Sumner (born 1984) is a filmmaker, artist and actress, Jake Sumner (born 1985) is a film director and younger sibling Giacomo Luke Sumner (born 1995). Eliot lost her sense of smell after a brain injury in 2009 and is obsessed with buying broken keyboards.
Sumner was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and then the Fine Arts College, a 6th form college in Belsize Park, north London.
Studio albums 
Featured singles 
Music videos 
|"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"
||Tom & Tabitha
|"In Spirit Golden"
Awards and Nominations 
Virgin Media Music Awards 
||"I Blame Coco"
External links