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Eliza Doolittle

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Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle Biography

Eliza Sophie Caird, better known by her stage name Eliza, is an English singer and songwriter from Westminster, London. After performing her music in live venues around London from the age of 15, Eliza signed to Parlophone in 2008.Early life Eliza Doolittle was born in Westminster, London, in 1988. She comes from a family with a successful and varied musical background. Her father is John Caird, a stage director and writer of plays, musicals and operas who is also an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company; his father was the theologian and principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, G. B. Caird. Her mother is musical theatre actress and model artist Frances Ruffelle, who...
Eliza Sophie Caird, better known by her stage name Eliza, is an English singer and songwriter from Westminster, London. After performing her music in live venues around London from the age of 15, Eliza signed to Parlophone in 2008.

Early life

Eliza Doolittle was born in Westminster, London, in 1988. She comes from a family with a successful and varied musical background. Her father is John Caird, a stage director and writer of plays, musicals and operas who is also an honorary associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company; his father was the theologian and principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, G. B. Caird. Her mother is musical theatre actress and model artist Frances Ruffelle, who won a Tony Award for her role of Éponine in the English-language version of Les Misérables. Doolittle is the granddaughter of Sylvia Young, founder of the eponymous theatre school. She has a younger brother. Her parents divorced when she was four years old.

Doolittle grew up in Highgate and attended Channing School For Girls, Bedales School, and Westminster Kingsway College. She was used to being around stages and seeing her mother singing and had always wanted to become a recording artist. She chose the stage name of Eliza Doolittle, the Pygmalion and My Fair Lady character, because it was her nickname as a child.

Eliza had a brief career on stage playing Young Cosette in Les Misérables in London's West End in 1996–1997.[citation needed] Her parents had met and began their relationship during the original production when her father was the co-director and her mother played Eponine. Eliza went on to play the lead role in Lucy Simon's Tony Award-winning musical version of The Secret Garden in 2001, when The Royal Shakespeare Company premiered the show in London.[citation needed]

Musical career

Career beginnings

Before entering the charts, Eliza Doolittle toured the UK with her band. Her first release was an EP featuring the tracks "Rollerblades", "Moneybox", "Police Car" and "Go Home", which came out on 29 November 2009. Tracks from the EP were remixed by Plastic Little ("Rollerblades"), Sam Young and Jamie xx from The xx ("Money Box"). The EP received radio plays from Rob Da Bank, Nick Grimshaw, Fearne Cotton and Jo Whiley.

She recorded a song called 'Running For Life' which featured on the soundtrack of the cult British film AdULTHOOD in 2008. Later that year, she performed at Glastonbury on the Pussy Parlour stage, her first festival performance.

2010–2013: Eliza Doolittle

Doolittle at Skyfest, 2011

In early 2010, she took part in musician Shane MacGowan's charity single "I Put a Spell on You", in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Her debut single "Skinny Genes" was released on 12 April 2010, reaching No. 22 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] She told BBC's Steve Lamacq the song is "a funny scenario if you didn’t like someone, if they were really annoying, but you had a good time under the sheets." Doolittle's second release is titled "Pack Up" and was released on 5 July 2010, reaching No. 5 on the Official UK Singles Chart on 11 July 2010.

Doolittle in August 2011 performing at SkyFest

In March 2011, she performed at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas as well at Coachella in California. In April 2011, Doolittle was touring the UK. On 19 April 2011, Doolittle's self-titled album was released in the United States almost one year from the U.K date.

In 2013, Doolittle collaborated with Disclosure on the track "You & Me" from their debut album, Settle. Early that year, she began recording new material for her second album. In an interview with Elle magazine in April 2013, she stated "I'm definitely showing more of myself than I ever have before. I feel like on my last album, I hadn't experienced very much of anything really, and it's been three years or more since then and I have felt and seen things I hadn't before, and I know things I didn't know before. In a way I have answers to questions, but then those answers open up a thousand other questions. I guess I've gone through things that so many people go through at the age I am. I've written almost every day about my every thought and emotion and the album is made up of the songs that mean the most to me".

2013–present: In Your Hands and A Real Romantic

On 7 June 2013, she premiered a new single called "Big When I Was Little", which was released in July 2013. It subsequently joined BBC Radio 1's playlist, and features on her second studio album. On 17 June 2013 the video for the single premiered on her YouTube channel.

Eliza and UK garage artist Wookie wrote a song called 'The Hype' in 2013. Wookie also contributed a remix to her 'In Your Hands' album for her track 'Walking on Water'.

She also featured on 'YNSP' a track from hip hop artist Vic Mensa's INNANETAPE mixtape produced by DJ Dahi.

She had a cameo role as a nightclub singer in The Great Train Robbery, a drama series on BBC One in December 2013.

In 2014, Eliza was invited by Burt Bacharach to sing with him at Henley Festival in the Summer of 2014. She said "I’ve wanted to sing one of his songs since I first heard his music and to be able to do it with him in his show gives me a feeling I can't even describe!"

On 12 December 2018, her most recent album A Real Romantic was released.

Tour

Doolittle toured as the opening act for Paloma Faith's Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful Tour and Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last Tour in 2014.

Filmography

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Night-Club Singer Episode: "A Robber's Tale"
2014 Home and Away Herself Episode #1.5932



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Eliza Doolittle Discography

  • 2010EPEliza Doolittle
  • 2010EPEliza Doolittle Single
  • 2010SinglePack Up
  • 2011SingleRollerblades
  • 2013AlbumBig When I Was Little
  • 2013AlbumIn Your Hands
  • 2013SingleThe Hype (feat. Eliza Doolittle) [Radio Edit]
  • 2013SingleXmas In Bed
  • 2014AlbumThe Hype 2.0 (feat. Eliza Doolittle)
  • 2019SingleSkinny Genes (Unplugged)
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