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BiographyQuirky pop artist, 21 born and raised in CamdenTown London, Eliza Sophie Caird. Brought up from amusical background – her father John Caird, anEnglish stage director and writer of plays, musicalsand operas who is also an Honorary AssociateDirector of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Hermother is English musical theatre actress and modelartist Frances Ruffelle. Doolittle is thegranddaughter of Sylvia Young, founder of thefamous theatre school.
From a young age Eliza has been used to beingaround musical parents and grandparents andhas been exposed from birth to the theatricaland musical lifestyle. Eliza chose the stage name‘Eliza Doolittle’, the character from ‘My FairLady’, as she had been referred to this as a child.
To gain recognition Doolittle toured the UK with her bandto help enter the charts. This soon tuned into the‘Playground Unplugged’ tour where she performed at thesecondary schools Hagley RC High School, The Magna CartaSchool, The Bewdley School and Sixth FormCentre, Highworth Grammar School and Presdales schooland more.This is a home video of Eliza and her band at KingsdaleSchool.
DiscographyEliza’s debut self titled album ‘Eliza Doolittle’reached number three in the UK’s album chartsreleased in July 2010.Since the release of the album, Doolittle hasmanaged to get 3 of the tracks in the top 25 UKsingle charts which were ‘Pack Up’, ‘SkinnyGenes’ and ‘Rollerblades’
Discography Moneybox• Rollerblades• Go Home Skinny Genes• Mr Medicine• Missing• Back To Front• A Smokey Room• So High• Nobody• Pack Up• Police Car• Empty Hand
Record LabelDoolittle was signed to the Parlophone recordlabel in October 2008.Parlophone is a record label that was founded inGermany in 1896 by the Carl LindströmCompany as Parlophon.In 1920 Parlophon’s label was soon recognisedas a leading Jazz label.
Record LabelCOLDPLAY / BLUR / DAMON ALBARN / CONORMAYNARD / KYLIE / TINIE TEMPAH / CHIDDY BANG /THE NIGHT / THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS / ELIZADOOLITTLE / THE GOOD NATURED / PET SHOP BOYS/ MORNING PARADE / GRAHAM COXON / SKYFERREIRA / BAT FOR LASHES/ GABRIELLE APLIN /JONSI / SIGUR ROS / RICHARD ASHCROFT /GORILLAZ / THE VERVE / BEASTIE BOYS / LADYANTEBELLUM / LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / RICHARDHAWLEY/ NORAH JONESJust a few of the names Parlophone have signed.
Critical Opinion• Fraser McAlpine of BBC Bloggave the album a positive review stating:Let’s start with the voice. It’s a beautiful, expressive thing: high and clear, withthe occasional emotive crack. The pretty melodies and tweeting harmonies(literally, in some cases) are rendered snoozily, as if Eliza’s vocals were recordedjust after waking and stretching from a dream-filled sleep.Michael HannThe GuardianIts hard not to jump to this conclusion about Eliza Doolittle: if Lily Allen sticks toher pledge to retire from music, theres a sparky-young-woman-sized gap in themarket into which she can skip. Her debut album, due in summer, is cut from asimilar cloth to Allens – a collage of tastefully chosen vintage samples, overwhich she trills her tales of being 21 and pretty in London.
Influenced By..This is a short interview I found online in which Eliza explains how her musical parentsand upbringing have influenced her and the sort of music she listens to – whichinfluenced her music.
Influenced ByAfter listening to Eliza’s album it is apparent thatshe has had an impact on three main female Britishpop artists Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash and LilyAllen.Her sound reflects a modern jazz and funk, whichsends off a vintage vibe. She has an excellent bandof 2 or 3 multi instrumentalists who playinstruments such as the ukulele, double bass, guitarand more. This is all merged in to give a 50s stylelook by dressing them in retro pin strippedshirts, white chinos and bow ties. All matching – ofcourse
How Eliza represents herself as a ‘Pop Artist’Pop is a very general genre to specify however I feel thatEliza Doolittle manages to portray pop in a very sweetendearing way with a modern touch. Most would associatepop with Britney Spears or the Spice Girls however I feel thatpop has a new element to it and a more meaningfulundertones in the sounds and the lyrics.Eliza has very sleepy, girly tune to her tracks and voice whichmake her music sound innocent and sweet – this is why I likeher music.Eliza is similar to other pop artist yet she has a veryindividual style, and manages to pull of fashion in a verydifferent way to most (you wouldn’t catch her in anythingbut shorts or dress’s).
How Eliza represents herself asa ‘Pop Artist’Eliza strived to be an original pop artist and thisreflects on her music.Over all looking at Eliza Doolittle she is is not a1st generation pop artist and takes inspirationfrom her theatrical upbringing and othersoul/jazz artists. The more mainstream tracksdon’t indicate this however the other tracks onher album do reflect this.
Eliza Doolittle ‘Image’As Eliza has only released one album she is stillnot that recognised as a ‘leading poop artist’ butshe does has a very individual image. She hashad a good reception from the British public andis often described as being a ‘quirky’ and ‘fun’this makes her more loveable. She is not onlyrecognised through her music, she is a fashionicon too and encourages young people toexpress themselves through music and fashionand hopes that her music can encourage this.