Sophie Ellis-Bextor on her new album, parenting podcast and sequin obsession

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13 Nov 2020, 18:21

Sophie Ellis-Bextor has come a long way from ‘ to cabaret in her kitchen over lockdown. The singer-songwriter dusted off her hotpants and heels to entertain thousands of fans every Friday night with her home-grown glittering discos with the assistance of her young children. The 41-year-old joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky this morning to tell Chris how the sparkly kitchen rave was born.

‘singer told Chris: “The album came out of Kitchen Disco that we ended up doing through lockdown every Friday at 6.30pm. We were doing these Instagram shows. My house was already waiting for it!

“We already had the disco ball, the sequinned bunting, the lasers, the lights, the smoke machine, the turntable. We were pretty party-ready at any time. We can go from zero to 60 round here,” she laughed.

As to whether her children would follow her into the music business, she said: “They’re pretty independent people. Certainly the eldest two aren’t going to end up in music - and the little one, who knows? I hope they’re fans of it, but I already don’t think they’re fans of mine!”

Talking about her sequin obsession on stage - and in her kitchen -  she shared: “The thing about sequins that I love is that they do a lot of work for you. If you’re covered head-to-toe in these massive sequins which catch the light like that, you can’t just sit down can you? I’m always attracted to that kind of thing anyway, anything twinkly or sparkly. I’m a bit of a magpie, definitely.” 

The mum-of-five said she was ‘naturally introverted’ apart from when she’s performing and has also been enjoying another form of entertaining vocally over the past few months. 

“I’ve really enjoyed doing my podcast," she said. "I’ve been talking to other working mothers, so everyone from Gina Miller to my mum to Myleene Klass and Candice Brathwaite. I’m using it as an opportunity to cast my net far and wide. I’m going off today to do my 24th interview and I’m really enjoying it. 

“It’s been really lovely. It’s called Spinning Plates and was born out of the idea of trying to juggle my home life and my work life this year… Literally trying to do my day job while also trying not to tread on my children. If there’s ever been a year like I’m spinning a lot, it’s this year.”

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