Sarah Cracknell performing in December 2012
|Birth name||Sarah Cracknell|
12 April 1967 |
Chelmsford, Essex, England
|Genres||House, alternative dance, synthpop, indie pop, alternative rock|
|Labels||Heavenly, Gut, Instinct, Cherry Red|
|Associated acts||Saint Etienne|
|Website||Saint Etienne website|
Sarah Cracknell (born 12 April 1967; Chelmsford, Essex) is an English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic music band Saint Etienne. She is the daughter of Stanley Kubrick's first assistant director Derek Cracknell.
Cracknell's career started with the Windsor based indie band The Worried Parachutes in 1982. Following the demise of the band she released a solo single Love Is All You need in 1987. She then formed a new band Prime Time with partner Mick Bund who released a handful of singles. She then appeared on the dance track Fingertips by Lovecut DB in 1990.
Saint Etienne was originally to be an indie dance act featuring various vocalists. After Moira Lambert sang on their initial 1990 single "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" and Donna Savage was heard on the follow-up single "Kiss and Make Up," Cracknell lent her vocals to "Nothing Can Stop Us" and ended up doing the rest of the singing on their debut album Foxbase Alpha. Cracknell has been Saint Etienne's permanent vocalist since then.
Preceded by the single "Anymore" in 1996, Cracknell released a solo album, Lipslide, in May 1997. Originally released in the UK only by Gut Records, the album featured dance, indie and pop tunes and received good reviews from critics, although it was not a big seller (Cracknell has in interviews placed some of the blame for this on lack of proper promotion by Gut). The UK version of the album is now deleted.
Lipslide finally surfaced in the U.S. three years later, when Instinct Records released it in February 2000. With completely different cover art, the original album's tracklisting was also modified: five tracks were removed and four new songs plus a remix were added. Months later, Instinct released the Kelly's Locker EP, which contained the five tracks originally removed from the UK version of Lipslide, along with two previously unreleased songs and a new remix.
Cracknell was Spiller's first choice for the vocals of his number-one hit "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in 2000, but never got to record the song. She has recorded tracks with various artists such as David Holmes ("Anymore", "Gone"), Xploding Plastix ("Sunset Spirals"), Cheapglue ("You've Just Won Me Over") and Paul Van Dyk ("The Riddle (Tell Me Why)," although billed as a collaboration between Van Dyk and St. Etienne but with Cracknell on vocals).
In December 2007, BBC radio began playing "The Journey Continues" by Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell. The song consists of extensive samples from a composition by Elena Kats-Chernin entitled Eliza's Aria, well known to UK TV viewers as the music from the computer-animated 'For the Journey' commercials for Lloyds TSB bank. The single was released on February 2008 on Positiva. The song peaked at #11 in the UK after being released.
Cracknell has collaborated with French pop star Etienne Daho on several occasions. She co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on "Les passagers" from his 1996 album Eden, and also co-wrote "Le premier jour" which was released as a single from his greatest hits compilation Singles. With Saint Etienne, they collaborated on the Reserection EP. Saint Etienne's single "He's on the Phone" (which featured both Cracknell and Daho) was actually an English-language adaptation of Daho's French language 1984 single "Weekend à Rome".
On 21 August 2014, Cherry Red Records announced that it had signed Cracknell to a worldwide deal under which she would release a new solo album, Red Kite, in June 2015. The album will be supported by live dates around the UK in mid June 2015.
Cracknell married Martin Kelly (joint MD of Heavenly Recordings and Heavenly Films) in Kensington and Chelsea, London on 5 December 2004. They have two children, both born in Westminster, London: Spencer Michael (born 2001) and Sam Dion (born 2004).
- Lipslide (Gut 1997 - UK release, Instinct 2000 - US release)
- Lipslide - deluxe edition (Universal - 2012)
- Red Kite (Cherry Red - 2015)
- Kelly's Locker EP (2000)
- "Love Is All You Need" / "Coastal Town"
- "Coastal Town" (12 inch single)
- "Anymore" (2 X CD single) - UK #39
- "Desert Baby"
- "The Journey Continues" (Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell) - UK #11
- "Nothing Left To Talk About" featuring Nicky Wire
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- Red Hot + Rhapsody - "The Man I Love" (w/ Kid Loco)
- Hideki Kaji - "Tokyo to London"
- We Are Icerink compilation - "Supermarket" (credited to Supermarket, this is from Lawrence/Brian O'Shaughnessy of Denim (band), later released on album Novelty Rock)
- The 6ths - Hyacinths & Thistles - "Kissing Things"
- Cheap Glue - Sexy Horses - "You Just Won Me Over" (duet)
- Funky Monkey - Join Us in Tomorrow - "Tomorrow's Girl" (or as edit on 7")
- Étienne Daho - Singles (French live bonus CD) - "Week-end à Rome" (medley with "He's on the Phone")
- Étienne Daho - Eden - "Les Passagers"
- Xploding Plastix - "Sunset Spirals"
- Marc Almond - Stardom Road - "I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten"
- Akasha - "The Last Weekend"
- Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell - "The Journey Continues" (2008) UK#11. Features a sample of Elena Kats-Chernin's vocals from the aria of the ballet Wild Swans, for which Kats-Chernin composed the music. Featured on her 2006 album, also called Wild Swans, it was popularised by a Lloyds TSB advertising campaign.
- Madness - Wonderful (Madness album) - "Elysium"
- Goula, Steve (April 2000). A saint's holiday Saint Etienne's Sarah Cracknell takes a solo spin. CMJ New Music Monthly. p. 15. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
- [ http://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/namepr/view/113822 Cherry Red Secures New Release and Catalogue Gems in Latest Signings]
- Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 124. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.