All about singer Hope Sandoval: youth, star rise and success
Sometimes underground artists don't want to become famous, because the big labels that find them after some success, corner the musicians and try to make them into a hit-making machine. Such cases are not uncommon in the music industry, so until now some creators do not go out out of the shadows.
Today we look at the story of the American singer's formative years Hope Sandoval, who became the voice of the indie scene of the late '80s and early '90s.
The Early Years and the Emergence of Mazzy Star
Sandoval has been interested in music since childhood. Her early work was greatly influenced by the band The Rolling Stones, whose records the girl listened to when she was very young.
Together with her fellow student Silvia Gomez Sandoval organized Folk Duo in the early '80s. One of the recordings of Hope singing along with Gomez on guitar fell into the hands of To David Roback - to the pioneer of the paisley underground movement in California. At that time the musician was a member of Opal, where Kendra Smith was the vocalist. After Smith left the band, Roebuck suggested Hope occupy her place.
During the UK tour, Sandoval and Roebuck began writing songs together: the singer was responsible for the lyrics and David for the music. After a while the musicians decided to change the name of the band. Thus the band appeared Mazzy Star.
In 1990, it comes out. debut She Hangs Brightly, the new band's album, in which the performers announced themselves as a band with original style. The big breakthrough in Mazzy Star's work was the single "Fade into You" from their second album. The band's new song climbed to No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached No. 3 on the Modern Rock Track. In 1995 the album So Tonight That I Might See, released after the track, became platinum.
In 1996, the band's third album was released Among My Swanwhich was not as successful as the previous one. In spite of this in support of the record Mazzy Star went on tour through America and Europe. A year after the release the band stopped The first time they were reunited was in 2009.
In 2000, the band gave a series of performances in Europe, in which the sounds of new the band's compositions. Hope said the material was meant to be fourth Mazzy Star album, however, at that time the singer began to solo career.
In 2013, Mazzy Star released last album titled Seasons of Your Dayand later went on tour in the USA. After that, the band did not release much material other than the EP Still. Although there was no official announcement of a cessation of activity, the duo had been for some time inactive, And in 2020, Mazzy Star co-founder David Roebuck died of cancer.
In 2000, Sandoval assembled a group called Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventionswith whom she released her debut album, Bavarian Fruit Bread, a year later. Drummer Colm O'Kiosoig and Scottish musician Bert Jansch worked with Hope on the album, performing the guitar parts. The band has since released two mini-album, but they were not very successful.
Eight years after its first release, The Warm Inventions released a full-length album Through the Devil Softly. In 2010 Sandoval and her musicians performed at festivals in Minehead and New York.
In 2016, after a short break, the band started musical activity again. Then Warm Inventions released the single "Isn't It True"The indie-rock musician Jim Putnam. In November of the same year, Until the Hunter was released.
Hope worked closely with the English trip-hop group Massive attack. Her vocals can be heard on "Paradise Circus", "Four Walls", "The Spoils". A music video was made for the last song, in which she participated Cate Blanchett.
A woman of mystery: the secret of the singer's success
Hope's success lies in her mystery. Despite the fact that the girl has been performing on stage and is a public figure for quite a long time, all of her performances are practically in the dark, apart from the small amount of light in which the singer appears. Hope is described as. closed of the performer, hence her shyness and obscurity.
Her performances are different from those of other musicians: she gives exactly musicrather than a stage extravaganza. Sandoval is interesting because in her distinctive music dissolves the listener. That's the magic of her performing genre, which is characterized by its light psychedelia and seductive hoarseness in his voice.
Hope Sandoval today
At the moment, Hope is living in California. Since both during her participation in Mazzy Star and now the musician is quite little She has not talked to the press, and little is known about her personal life. Despite the years that have passed, Sandoval is still BeautifulAs is her voice.
The singer's last known work was cover version for the blues song "Big Boss Man". The composition was released on the album by the New York band Mercury Rev. in 2019.