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Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with album number four, after baby number two, looking and sounding better than ever; but as she once warned us - it's a Mixed Up World, and juggling young children, with a recording career, international tours, running club nights with husband Richard and her ongoing commitment as the face of cosmetics brand Rimmel, is not without its challenges. How does she manage the balancing act? "I don't really - it's quite chaotic, you have to just not fight it."

Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with album number four, after baby number two, looking and sounding better than ever; but as she once warned us - it's a Mixed Up World, and juggling young children, with a recording career, international tours, running club nights with husband Richard and her ongoing commitment as the face of cosmetics brand Rimmel, is not without its challenges. How does she manage the balancing act? "I don't really - it's quite chaotic, you have to just not fight it." In fact, the singer who reaches her ten-year anniversary in the pop game this year couldn't be happier. "I'm having an amazing time right now. It really is the best it's ever been. I'm still completely excited, and I think that's vital! There's nothing more unsexy than a jaded pop star." And Jaded pop star she is not. Born in London to film director Robin Bextor and then Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Sophie grew up fully aware of life in show business. After stints in children's opera as a young teen and then as the lead singer of rock band The Audience, Sophie emerged onto the pop scene ten years ago with rare poise and a look and sound that was all her own. "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)," which she wrote with Italian producer Spiller was recently awarded the astonishing accolade of 'the decade's most played track on radio. And since her last album, Trip The Light Fantastic in 2007, Sophie hasn't just been holed up in the studio creating the pop soundtrack to 2010 she's been on the road, both on her own and supporting born again boy band Take That on their mega sell out Beautiful World tour.

In 2008, she also expanded her repertoire with successful Soho club night Modern Love. She ran the club and DJed with husband Richard Jones (guitarist with indie band The Feeling) in a tag-team playfully dubbed 'Me and Mr Jones'. "DJing got me back into being really excited about music," she says, "wanting to hear old and new stuff really loud and seeing if it filled the dancefloor." Sophie may be the ultimate pop starlet but she's no pop puppet - she was heavily involved with all parts of her 4th album, co-writing much of it and working with an in-demand team of writer/producers that includes Freemasons, Greg Kurstin, Calvin Harris, Cathy Dennis, Metronomy, Richard X and Armin Van Buuren. Freemasons, the team behind those amazing Beyoncé remixes, have two songs on the record; Heartbreak and the album's first single "Bittersweet," which was released on the 3rd May. "I do what I do and I really enjoy it", says Sophie, "In the past I've tried out different things, but I always come back to the stuff I do best, which is electro pop, and it's also what I really enjoy. Sometimes you can't fight it. There's plenty of time for me to do…whatever it is you're supposed to do when you get old."

Sophie's 4th album, Make a Scene, was released in June 2011 on her own label EBGB's. Since its release, Sophie has been touring and promoting the album all over the world.

(Bio courtesy of Polydor Records)

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