Eliza Doolittle (born Eliza Sophie Caird, 15.4.1988) Eliza Doolittle is a singer-songwriter from London, signed to Parlophone. Doolittle rose to fame in the run-up to the release of her debut album, entitled Eliza Doolittle.
Childhood: Eliza Doolittle was born in Camden, London and supports Arsenal football team. Her father is John Caird, a theatre director and her mother is Frances Ruffelle, an actress and a singer. Her maternal grandmother is Sylvia Young, the founder and principal of the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
Music: Eliza Doolittle's first release was a self-titled EP featuring four tracks, including 'Rollerblades', 'Moneybox', 'Police Car' and 'Go Home'. The EP was released in November 2009. Jamie from The XX remixed 'Money Box' and the tracks on the EP received airplay on a number of BBC Radio 1 shows, including Rob Da Bank's, Jo Whiley's and Nick Grimshaw's. Following the release of her album, Eliza Doolittle was also booked to support Paloma Faith on her November 2010 tour. Eliza Doolittle has been compared to Paloma Faith, as well as other female contemporaries such as Lily Allen. Prior to her mainstream success, Doolittle had undertaken a tour of the nation's secondary schools, dubbed the 'Playground Unplugged' tour.
Doolittle has supported her studio releases with live gigs supporting the likes of Jamie Cullum and Alphabeat. Her first single proper was 'Skinny Genes', which was released in April 2010. The song has been used on a TV advert for very.co.uk. The second single from Eliza Doolittle is entitled 'Pack Up' and was released in July 2010, reaching number 12 in the UK Singles chart.
Eliza Doolittle recorded the song 'Running For Life', which was featured in the film AdULTHOOD, starring Danny Dyer, Ben Drew (aka Plan B) and Noel Clarke.
Eliza Doolittle was asked to be a contestant on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in late 2010, along with regular team captains, Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding.
Personal Life: Eliza Doolittle dates the UK hip-hop artist Monsta Under The Bed, a member of the hip-hop super group Children of the Damned.
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The singer's second album release is imminent. How's she feeling?
For a singer whose debut album comfortably reached the upper echelon of a platinum record, Eliza Doolittle has waited quite a while since the 2010 release of her eponymous debut. The follow-up to her smash hit first record will be released in a matter of weeks so before life takes yet another crazy turn for Ms. Doolittle, we caught up with her at the Oxjam Music Festival in London's Shoreditch.
Eliza Doolittle Prepares To Take The Charts By Storm Once More.
Coming from a performance background, there's little wonder that Doolittle, born Eliza Caird, wasn't naïvely rushing to taste platinum fame straight after her first major hit of success. Her father John is an accomplished stage director, her mother Frances Ruffelle a Tony-winning musical theatre actress whilst her maternal grandmother is Sylvia Young, who founded the renowned theatre school.
With her second album due to be released in a matter of weeks, Eliza Doolittle seemed surprisingly calm and relaxed as we chatted backstage at the Oxjam Music Festival in Shoreditch, London. The follow up to her platinum selling debut album will be out on 14th October and is titled 'In Your hands'. It sees the 25-year-old singer taking on matters such as heart break and overcoming challenges.
Having come from a musical background; her mother is a Tony award winning theatre actress, her father a stage director and her grandmother is none other than Sylvia Young, famous for her self-named theatre school; it's no wonder she's calm and relaxed. She has the ancestry, the talent and is prepared to put the hard work in, and so far it seems to have worked. Doolittle has gained an avid fanbase, achieved plenty of chart success, sold out various venues around the world and was given the chance to be a torch bearer for 2012's London Olympic Games which she described as an 'amazing, crazy, cool honour'. This album looks set to emulate that success.
Releasing this album certainly didn't come easy for Doolittle. After her record label got sold, she was told they wouldn't release it, a period in time she recalls as 'scary'. However, during this time she was able to use it wisely and managed write what have turned out to be her favourite songs on the album and this delay also contributed to a change of sound for the record, a more ballad driven album was produced compared to the pop music style of its predecessor.
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Now in its seventh year, Oxjam shows no sign of slowing down. Oxjam's reputation is one that continues to attract some of the UK's biggest performers. Passed acts include Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Jarvis Cocker and Fatboy Slim. The Oxjam Music Festival sees gigs taking place all over the UK throughout October put together by members of the public to raise money for Oxfam. A truly worthwhile cause and a brilliant chance to check out local talent as well as well established artists.
The second day of Oxjam's launch party saw Eliza Doolittle and Ghostpoet play alongside the likes of Chloe Howl, FuseODG and The Fox Problem, who are now a quartet thanks to the addition of former Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke.
This was more than a gig. It was a party!
The Take That star wants to perform in exchange for a charity donation.
He may have sang about lighting up the sky with boy band Take That in their hit 'Rule The World' but Gary Barlow probably never intended to do such things literally. Now it seems The X Factor judge is one step closer to that goal after he offered to perform at the Blackpool Illuminations switch-on ceremony on Friday (30th Aug).
Will Gary & The Take That Boys Be Able To Illuminate Blackpool?
The Script had originally been scheduled to perform alongside Eliza Doolittle and Madness but Danny Donoghue's band were forced to pull out due to a "serious family illness." Upon the news that The Script could no longer play at the event, Take That's Gary offered to step in, offering his band's services via Twitter. "I hear Blackpool are looking for someone to switch the lights on this year? If they'd write a cheque to Children in need I'd do it?," he wrote.
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Is The Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' The Underdog In The Fight For Christmas Number One?
The Justice Collective have finally released their tribute single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' in remembrance of the tragic disaster at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.
The Hillsborough single, released to raise money for the families of Liverpool fans who lost their life during the tragic Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 football fans lost their lives during a FA Cup semi-final match at the Sheffield stadium, has had it's full line-up released, featuring a fair share of star power.
The single, a cover of the 1969 Hollies track 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother,' will be released on December 17th and is already hotly tipped to take this year's Christmas Number One spot. The full line-up is to feature Liverpudlian Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Mick Jones, X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, Spice Girl Mel C, Gerry Marsden, Paloma Faith, Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, Beady Eye's Chris Sharrock, Hollie Cook, Jon McClure, Eliza Doolittle, Beverley Knight, Liverpool FC legend Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool MP Steve Rotheram, Liverpool-born comic John Bishop and members of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Lawson, the Farm, the Zutons, the Beautiful South and Cast.
Families of the victims have already been given a listen to the charity single, which will raise funds for the ongoing legal costs as the victim's families seek retribution from the Government and police, who had covered up the truth about the disaster until earlier this year. Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, commended McCartney for lending his name to the project and spoke of how her son, one of the 96, was listening to the song shortly before he passed on. She said, "I thought, maybe he's handing me this new version and saying 'listen to this'."
The Living Room at The Secret Garden Party had great foresight to book Eliza, pre-chart topping stardom. The Marquee of modest proportions was packed to the rafters with eager on lookers. Squeezed into a tent furnished with sofas, arm chairs and sideboards it was hot, very hot. The refreshments of tea and crumpets were possibly not what the crowd were expecting, or needed. Schedules were running late and the atmosphere was building for an eagerly anticipated show. I caught up with Eliza just before she was due on stage.
CM; So Eliza, your number 3 in the album chart and number 8 in the singles chart, how fabulous is it to be Eliza Doolittle at the moment?
Eliza; Well fabulous might not be the word because we're just trekking around everywhere at the moment but I'm incredibly excited about it all so I'm feeling great.
CM; I've read on your own website that you knew this is what you wanted to do since the age of 12, how certain were you at 12 that this is what you wanted to do?
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London native Eliza Doolittle has steadily been building her reputation through 2010 with two top 40 singles, building on the success of her self-titled EP from last year. Now releasing her debut album, a summer of festival appearances will be followed by an autumn support slot with Paloma Faith.
Those who have heard singles 'Skinny Genes' and 'Pack Up' will already be very familiar with the Doolittle formula of radio-friendly pop melodies backing her sweet vocals. Evident from opening tracks 'Moneybox' and the delightful 'Rollerblades', the hint of soul that infuses the songs pulls them away from being overly sweet, particularly on 'Missing' and the aching 'So High'. Such is the consistency of the record, any of the tracks would likely be hit singles, but over the length of an album they become quite suppressive. Like when you eat too many of your favourite sweets, they're too good to put down but you know you'll feel nauseated later. A little diversity would be welcome as the sugary tones become stifling and make the record on the whole a little too hard to digest in one 45 minute sitting.
Former Les Mis child actress with a passion for romantic, blindfolded, picnics formally harbouring a "cheesy crush" on Southampton's catch phrase spawning crooner Craig David releases her second single this year ahead of her eagerly awaited debut album. Eliza (Sophie Caird) Doolittle has been able to draw on all manner of family artistic endevours for influence and reference (Her mother, Francis Caird, a respected actress and singer even represented the UK in the 1994 Eurovision whilst her highly regarded father is, amongst other things, a Director for the RSC).
Eliza has written songs since she was 12. She says she likes anything from Stevie Wonder to The Arctic Monkeys, and her current favourite song of the week is 'Lets Go Surfing' by those darlings of the NME, The Drums. Championed by Rob Da Bank and Jo Whiley her first single 'Skinny Genes' topped out at #22 when released in April this year. Pack Up should see Eliza better that.
The song and 'sample' (as in 'pack up your troubles in your old kit bag') are paired wonderfully well together. The slight honky-tonk piano refrain has an invitation from Jools wrapped around the keys. The accompanying dirty horns and souring strings add great 50's flavour. The nostalgic rhythm wouldn't be out of place at Jack Rabbit Slims.
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