Following the release of her new album Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits, Sophie has shared a new version of one of the covers featured on the album with My Favourite Things (Christmas Kitchen Disco Version). She has also announced a special Christmas Kitchen Disco live on her Instagram on Friday 18th December.
Charting at #8 on the Official Albums Chart, Songs from the Kitchen Disco: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Greatest Hits is Sophie’s highest charting album in six years and her fourth Top 10 album. The album is a collection of the songs that sound-tracked her popular lockdown kitchen disco performances, filmed live from her home with her family amidst a mixture of loveable fun and chaos, becoming a virtual escapism for the hundreds of thousands tuning in.
The album features Sophie's biggest and best-known disco songs in one place for the first time ever, including 6 Top 10 hits, such as Murder On The Dancefloor and Take Me Home, plus the lead single Crying at the Discotheque and Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) 2020 (both recorded in Lockdown 1).
One of Sophie’s favourite covers from her lockdown Kitchen Disco was My Favourite Things, which features on her new album, but has been given an extra festive feel as My Favourite Things (Christmas Disco Version). Composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and taken from ‘The Sound of Music’, the track wasn’t originally written as a holiday song, but has since become known as one over the years. Featuring orchestral arrangements from David Arnold and Sam Thompson and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, Sophie gives the track her own unique enchanting spin and says;
“Julie Andrews is so right, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad. Music has been the best tonic of all for finding the joy in 2020 and Rogers and Hammerstein always know how to cheer us up!”
Sophie’s lead single from the album was Crying at the Discotheque, which saw her put a sparkling Studio 54 take on Alcazar’s 1990’s hit and went straight onto the A List at Radio 2 (becoming the most played record on the station in its first two weeks on the A List). The video, created by long-term collaborator Sophie Muller, was filmed recently in empty venues across London and sees Sophie ‘Crying in the “empty” Discotheques’ to raise awareness of the #WeMakeEvents initiative and the lack of support for the live events industry due to Covid-19. The venues included are Bush Hall, Apollo Theatre, St Moritz, Clapham Grand, Heaven, Omeara and The O2.
Sophie also recently launched her new podcast, Spinning Plates, which is in its second season and sees her chat to inspirational women about the balance between motherhood and their working lives in each one hour episode.
She has announced that she will be bringing her virtual disco to the present with a Kitchen Disco Tour next year, with all the frivolity of her original show on live stages across the country. All tickets are available here and full dates are below. If you can’t wait until then, she will be doing a virtual Christmas Kitchen Disco on Friday 18th December live on her Instagram.
Wed 5th Nottingham Royal Concert Hall *Extra date
Thurs 6th Newcastle O2 City Hall *Extra date
Fri 7th Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Sun 9th Birmingham Symphony Hall
Mon 10th Southend Cliff Pavilion
Tues 11th Basingstoke The Anvil *Extra date
Thurs 13th London Palladium
Fri 14th Bath The Forum *Extra date
Sat 15th Bexhill On Sea De La Warr Pavilion
Mon 17th Guildford G Live
Tues 18th Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Weds 19th Leeds Town Hall