Cleo Sol

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Cleo Sol
Birth nameCleopatra Nikolic
Born (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 34)
Ladbroke Grove, London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
LabelsForever Living Originals
Member ofSault

Cleopatra Zvezdana Nikolic[2] (born 24 March 1990), better known by her stage name Cleo Sol, is a British singer-songwriter. Working closely with her partner, the producer Dean Josiah Cover, she has released five solo studio albums, beginning with the EP Winter Songs (2018), followed by full-lengths Rose in the Dark (2020), Mother (2021), Heaven (2023), and Gold (2023) and is a member of the R&B collective Sault.

Early life[edit]

Cleo Sol was born and raised in Ladbroke Grove. Her mother is Serbian-Spanish and her father is Jamaican. Both are jazz musicians.[3]

Music career[edit]

Cleo Sol made her debut in 2008 featuring on the single "Tears" by Tinie Tempah.[4] In 2011 Cleo Sol signed to DaVinChe's record label Dirty Canvas and Island Records, releasing singles such as "High" and "Never the Right Time (Who Do You Love)".[5][6]

She took a musical hiatus from 2012 to 2017.[1] She returned with the EP Winter Songs, released on 9 March 2018.[7]

In 2019, Cleo Sol was featured on the single "Selfish" by British rapper Little Simz, reconnecting in 2021 with the rapper for the song "Woman".[8][9]

She released her debut studio album, Rose in the Dark, on 27 March 2020, included by Complex and Clash in their end-of-year lists.[10][11] The following year, Nikolic released her second studio album, titled Mother, on 20 August 2021.[12] Surprise albums Heaven and Gold followed in September 2023.

She is a member of the UK based musical collective SAULT who have released eleven studio albums.[13][14][15] The group rarely appears live or does interviews, and Sol rarely performs live.[16]

Musical style[edit]

Cleo Sol has cited influences from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott while growing up on genres such as reggae, Motown and Latin music.[3][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Cleo Sol is married to the English record producer Inflo, who is the father of their child born in 2021.[19]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details
Rose in the Dark
  • Released: 27 March 2020
  • Label: Forever Living Originals
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
  • Released: 20 August 2021
  • Label: Forever Living Originals
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming, vinyl
  • Released: 15 September 2023
  • Label: Forever Living Originals
  • Formats: digital download, streaming, vinyl
  • Released: 29 September 2023
  • Label: Forever Living Originals
  • Formats: digital download, streaming, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Winter Songs
  • Released: 9 March 2018
  • Label: Forever Living Originals
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming


Overview of Cleo Sol singles
Title Year Album
(featuring Gappy Ranks)
2011 Non-album single
"Never the Right Time (Who Do You Love)" 2012
"Code to Crack"
(with Toddla T featuring Scrufizzer)
"Why Don't You" 2017 Winter Songs & Rose in the Dark
"Try and You Try" Winter Songs
"One" 2019 Non-album single
"Sweet Blue"
"Butterfly" 2020 Rose in the Dark
"Shine" Non-album single

As featured artist[edit]

Singles featuring Cleo Sol
Title Year Album
(Tinie Tempah featuring Cleo Sol)
2008 Non-album single
(Little Simz featuring Cleo Sol)
2019 Grey Area
(Little Simz featuring Cleo Sol)
2021 Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Guest appearances[edit]

Miscellaneous recordings with Cleo Sol
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Ladder" 2012 Angel, Mark Asari 7 Minutes Before Time


  1. ^ a b "Music for Your Soul: An Interview with Cleo Sol". No Basic Girls Allowed. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Cleo Sol Biography & History". AllMusic.
  3. ^ a b "Cleo Sol: Get Familiar". Soul in Stereo. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ "GRM Exclusive: 11 Essential Tinie Tempah Tunes". GRM Daily. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Cleo Sol - The Vogue". The Vogue. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Cleo Sol - PRS for Music Foundation". PRS Foundation. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Premiere: Cleo Sol Shares Jazz-Inspired "Still Cold" Ahead Of New EP". Complex. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Little Simz connects with Cleo Sol for "Woman"". Revolt. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  9. ^ "She Got Next: 10 upcoming female artists to watch". Revolt. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Complex UK's Best Albums Of 2020". Complex. 22 December 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Clash Albums of the Year 2020". Clash. 14 December 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  12. ^ Empire, Kitty (22 August 2021). "Cleo Sol: Mother review – intimate, spacious soul-jazz". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  13. ^ Manno, Lizie (22 June 2020). "Sault's Album-of-the-Year Contender Embodies Black Excellence and Justified Fury". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  14. ^ Curto, Justin (9 July 2021). "Song Review: SAULT 'Bitter Streets' Off NINE With Cleo Sol". Vulture. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  15. ^ Homewood, Ben (1 October 2020). "Making Waves: Sault". Music Week. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  16. ^ Akinfenwa, Jumi (8 June 2022). "Cleo Sol review – rare gig shows neo-soul star is a natural live performer". Music. The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. ISSN 1756-3224. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 30 September 2023.
  17. ^ "Get to Know: Cleo Sol". 25 March 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  18. ^ "British-Jamaican Singer Cleo Sol One of Eight Emerging Artists Changing the Sound of Soul". 15 October 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  19. ^ Heron, Tamera (16 July 2022). "How Cleo Sol emerged as the UK's most (reluctantly) coveted Neo-Soul / R&B new-age icon". The Blues Project. Retrieved 26 June 2023.