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Imogen Heap

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Havering, Outer London (1997 – present)

Imogen Heap (born December 9, 1977, in Havering, Outer London) is a British / artist. She is known for her work as part of the musical duo Frou Frou from 2002-3, and for her solo albums, which she writes, produces, and mixes. She has released a series of solo albums including Ellipse (in 2009), a North American chart success that earned Heap two Grammy nominations and won her the Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) award.

Heap grew up playing music from an early age, and by her eleventh birthday she was writing her own songs. From the age of 15, she studied at the BRIT School Of Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, South London, recording three tracks for the school’s annual CD between 1994 and 1995, “Aliens” being the title track of the latter.

After being introduced to Nik Kershaw by his manager Mickey Modern, Heap and Kershaw recorded four demos that Mickey Modern took to Rondor Music. Consequently, a few months later Heap signed her first record contract at 18 to independent record label Almo Sounds. During 1996, Heap began working with an experimental pop band called Acacia, which featured her future collaborator Guy Sigsworth and was fronted by the singer Alexander Nilere. While never a full member of the band, Heap was a guest vocalist (as a counterpart to Nilere) and contributed to various Acacia single and album tracks in 1997. One Acacia song, “Maddening Shroud”, would later be covered by Frou Frou.

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  • ifyouwantjoy

    Sparks is actually FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 Oct 5:18am Reply
  • matt5496

    Sparks is actually fantastic

    13 Oct 4:12am Reply
  • tribeonlinefr

    CD-Review "Sparks": http://www.tribe-online.de/music/musik-reviews/imogen-heap-sparks/

    8 Oct 7:20am Reply
  • lightningmonkey

    It's been three months since we had everything but The Beast, and I'm still discovering new things about Sparks on every listen. I'm in love.

    3 Oct 8:06pm Reply
  • Wintermoor99

    ive been an imogen superfan a long time, speak for yourself and ellipse are timeless records i'll never get sick of but i find the new record to be rather flat, which seems dumb because there's actually so much going on but it just slips through my fingers, not a single tune i can seem to get into :(

    28 Sep 9:03am Reply
  • MarcusLMosnter

    Sparks is basically what I look for in an album, glad I found it. <3

    19 Sep 4:55am Reply
  • Ali29_

    I was a little bit disappointed when I heard Sparks for the first time, but it gets better and better now. It beats Ellipse for sure. I think Imogen went too "experimental" in her music and she'll never release an album like Speak For Yourself, but I'm ok with that. She's still an amazing artist and I'm very curious about her next projects.

    10 Sep 11:02pm Reply
  • Mindcircus

    Wish she would make something not so serious, sometimes I think she tries too hard.

    6 Sep 5:15pm Reply
  • PeteJBaker

    It's on UK Spotify. Obsessively bought it on CD as well, since Spotty's 320kb/s quality really doesn't do the production justice.

    1 Sep 4:00pm Reply
  • meriumi

    @fairwesr It is? Which country's Spotify? It doesn't seem to be available in Finland, smh.

    31 Aug 9:07am Reply
  • fairwesr

    It's on Spotify.

    30 Aug 7:36pm Reply
  • meriumi

    Does anyone btw know as a fact that Sparks will not become available on Spotify, or is it only an assumption based on it not being there yet?

    29 Aug 9:08am Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    It really just feels like a collection of songs, rather than a cohesive, flowing work that's meant to be enjoyed as an album [3] I can agree with that, but yes, individually there are some real gems on this release

    28 Aug 6:08pm Reply
  • SamMeansHine

    Such a clever song writer, the ideas behind her songs are original and so thought provoking - unbelievably talented.

    25 Aug 2:42am Reply
  • chocobooo

    Hmm, I'm conflicted. I really like a lot of the songs on Sparks, but as an album it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. It really just feels like a collection of songs, rather than a cohesive, flowing work that's meant to be enjoyed as an album. Musically, it's nice, but not much stands out as amazing, and lyrically, it's hit-and-miss. Nevertheless, I'm just glad to have some new music from Immi. [2] perfectly worded

    23 Aug 9:47am Reply
  • I_Am_Kid_A

    I really enjoyed the album so, here's my review of Sparks from The Mezzanine :-). Hope you enjoy a read http://amusicaltimetravellingdiamond.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/sparks-by-imogen-heap/

    23 Aug 12:05am Reply
  • bkelleher

    It lives up to her previous efforts in terms of my musical tastes. Yayyyy!

    22 Aug 3:14pm Reply
  • ruanLastfm

    "Sparks" does not live up to her previous efforts in terms of my musical taste, however I have appreciation for the intricate creative processes taken, to produce this fine and beautiful listening experience.

    22 Aug 12:50pm Reply
  • cabfedhig

    entanglement is sweet. I loved the spare intimacy and close vocals of Ellipse, but Sparks is a beautiful collection of experiences

    21 Aug 6:00am Reply
  • Deadr0ckSJ

    Hmm, I'm conflicted. I really like a lot of the songs on Sparks, but as an album it doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. It really just feels like a collection of songs, rather than a cohesive, flowing work that's meant to be enjoyed as an album. Musically, it's nice, but not much stands out as amazing, and lyrically, it's hit-and-miss. Nevertheless, I'm just glad to have some new music from Immi.

    21 Aug 2:07am Reply
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