Sarah Cracknell

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Sarah Cracknell
Sarah Cracknell Concorde 2.jpg
Sarah Cracknell performing in December 2012
Background information
Birth name Sarah Cracknell
Born (1967-04-12) 12 April 1967 (age 48)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Genres House, alternative dance, synthpop, indie pop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1990–present
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.


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.

Cracknell performing with Saint Etienne at Rise Festival in London, July 2007

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.[1]

Cracknell was Spiller's first choice for the vocals of his number-one hit "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in 2000,[citation needed] 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).

She recorded a duet on Dusty Springfield's 1968 song "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" with Marc Almond for his album Stardom Road, released in June 2007.

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. The album, entitled Red Kite, was recorded in December 2014 and released on 15 June 2015. A series of live shows by Cracknell in support the album were planned for the weeks following its release.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cracknell married Martin Kelly (joint Managing Director 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).[3]

Cracknell is the daughter of Stanley Kubrick's first assistant director Derek Cracknell.


Sarah Cracknell discography
Studio albums 2
Compilation albums 2
Singles 10

The discography of the English singer, songwriter and recording artist Sarah Cracknell consists of two studio albums, two compilations, six solo singles and four singles as a featured artist.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
  • Released: May 1997, February 2000 (US)
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Gut Records/Honey Lane, Instinct (US)
Red Kite
  • Released: June 2015
  • Format: Digital download, CD, Vinyl
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
"—" denotes an album that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Kelly's Locker
  • Released: 12 September 2000
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Instinct
Lipslide - Deluxe Edition
  • Released: 12 November 2012
  • Format: Digital download, CD
  • Label: Heavenly Records, Universal UMC


As lead single[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1987 "Love Is All You Need" / "Coastal Town"
(7" single)
Non-album singles
"Coastal Town"
(12" single)
1996 "Anymore" 39 Lipslide
1997 "Goldie"
"Desert Baby"
2015 "Nothing Left To Talk About"
(featuring Nicky Wire)
Red Kite
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1996 "Gone"
(David Holmes featuring Sarah Cracknell)
75 This Film's Crap Let's Slash the Seats
2003 "Sunset Spirals"
(Xploding Plastix featuring Sarah Cracknell)
The Donca Matic Singalongs
2007 "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten"
(Marc Almond featuring Sarah Cracknell)
Stardom Road
"The Journey Continues"
(Mark Brown featuring Sarah Cracknell)
11 Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

  • 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"


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ [ Cherry Red Secures New Release and Catalogue Gems in Latest Signings]
  3. ^ Marriages and Births England and Wales 1984-2006
  4. ^ a b c Peak positions for singles in the United Kingdom:

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