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Sarah Nixey (born December 21, 1973 in Dorset, England) is a British singer songwriter, best known as the vocalist in Black Box Recorder. Her debut solo album, Sing, Memory, was released in February 2007.

Whilst working as a backing vocalist for the folk band Balloon, Sarah Nixey was discovered by John Moore (who had been the drummer for Jesus & Mary Chain) and Luke Haines (frontman of The Auteurs), who had formed a duo and were looking for a vocalist. The duo convinced Nixey to join them by promising her that she would become famous, and in 1998, Black Box Recorder released their first album, England Made Me to critical acclaim, with the single, Child Psychology attracting criticism for the lyric, “life is unfair; kill yourself or get over it.”

Their second album,The Facts of Life, followed in 2000, and spawned a top 20 single of the same name, which saw the group perform on BBC’s “Top Of The Pops”. A further single followed, and in 2001, Nixey married John Moore, and they had a daughter together. In 2003, Black Box Recorder released their third album, Passionoia; their first and only album for One Little Indian records, following the demise of Nude Records.

In 2004, Black Box Recorder went on hiatus; not officially splitting, but with all 3 members deciding to pursue solo projects.


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  • Zar-Unity

    Sarah Nixey is such a bad ass! (I mean wicked cool).

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Zar-Unity

    Enjoying her new album. Loved sing memory! I listen to her solo and black box recorder stuff while I play classic video games like Yoshi's Island on my computer. It goes together like some wicked magic stirred up in a witches cauldron pot :-)

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Beat_C

    finally new stuff from sarah!

    27 Apr 2011 Reply
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    3 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bitterlife

    you are a "little girl",i love your voice

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Musicflyer

    New fan

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • MotherFist

    The Collector was Sarah's first single release.

    12 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Beat_C

    i agree, nightshift is birlliantly scary, while the collector is very poppy in a good way. should be a single.

    17 Jul 2007 Reply
  • MotherFist

    Her new acoustic versions of 'Masquerade' and 'When I'm Here With You' are sublime.

    11 Jul 2007 Reply
  • GONZIlla

    night shift!! awesome... Black Box Recorder is alive!!!

    12 Jun 2007 Reply
  • LucieAndCo

    Ah, I still love her voice, one hundred percent breathy glamour ... but it's just not the same without the lyrics in contrast. Nice enough Kylie-style elevator pop, no more.

    19 May 2007 Reply
  • FutureLove

    I LOVE Sing, Memory!

    9 Mar 2007 Reply
  • swishcottage

    I'd half-hoped, half-feared Nightshift would be the Commodores' song. I think I'm more than half relieved it's not.

    17 Nov 2006 Reply
  • tkraines

    HELLO @ Black Hit of Space!

    14 Nov 2006 Reply

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