Sarah Blackwood

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Sarah Blackwood
Sarah Blackwood from Dubstar, 2010
Background information
Also known as Client B (in Client)
Born (1971-05-06) 6 May 1971 (age 47),
Halifax, England[1]
Genres Dream pop
Years active 1990–present
Labels Food Records, Toast Hawaii, Mute, EMI
Associated acts Dubstar, Client

Sarah Blackwood (born 6 May 1971, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England) is an English recording artist. She came to prominence as the lead singer of Dubstar, and as Client B in Client.


Blackwood attended a local school, and went to Newcastle University[2] to study interior design. She lived in Manchester when operating exclusively within Dubstar, but lives and works in London as of 2015.[2]

In Dubstar[edit]

Formerly known as The Joans, Dubstar were initially a two-piece band, with Chris Wilkie playing guitar and Steve Hillier singing and playing keyboards. Sarah Blackwood was invited to join the band in August 1993. Blackwood replaced Hillier on vocals in early 1994, though Hillier remained a key member of the group.

The band released three albums with Blackwood on vocals: Disgraceful (1995), Goodbye (1997) and Make It Better (2000). A compilation, Stars: The Best of Dubstar was released in 2004. "Stars" remains the best known single from the band.

Blackwood moved on to other projects but kept in touch with Dubstar members as her debut solo EP in 2008 called Acoustic at the Club Bar & Dining features Wilkie on guitar.[3]


On 12 April 2010, the band released a cover version of The Passions hit "I'm in Love with a German Film Star" for an Amnesty International project. Interviewed by Andrew Collins on BBC 6 Music, Blackwood confirmed that the band were back together and would be going into studio to record tracks for a new Dubstar album, although she would also continue to record with Client.

In Client[edit]

Client performing at Kulturfabrik Krefeld in Germany on 17 September 2005. Sarah Blackwood (left), Kate Holmes (right)

Blackwood joined the band Technique to replace Xan Tyler as singer for a European tour with Depeche Mode in 2002. Shortly afterwards, Kate Holmes, the other member of the band, and Blackwood decided to write together and formed the new group Client. She used the stage name Client B since the band preferred not to highlight the names of its members, rather identifying each as "Client" plus a letter from the alphabet.[4]

Other appearances[edit]

She has also worked with William Orbit, Soman, Die Krupps, Pete Doherty, Douglas McCarthy, Gary Numan, Ian Broudie, Martin Gore, Sacha Distel, Tim Burgess, Carl Barât, Robert Görl, bandmate Chris Wilkie on non-Dubstar projects, Moonbootica, and Mark Nevin of Fairground Attraction, among others.



in Dubstar
in Client

(Sarah Blackwood credited as Client B)


in Dubstar
  • 2000: Self Same Thing EP
as Client B
  • 2007: Client B Acoustic at the Club Bar & Dining


(For details of singles, refer to tables in the discography sections in article of Dubstar and of Client)

Solo singles


  1. ^ Blackwood, Sarah (2011). "Sarah Blackwood, Singer, DJ". London, UK: self-published. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Ford, Coreena. "Newcastle-band Dubstar reform for fundraising gig". The Journal. Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Client B - Acoustic At The Club Bar & Dining". Discogs. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "SARAH BLACKWOOD Interview". The Electricity Club. 29 May 2010. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.