Hope Sandoval is an American singer-songwriter best known for being the lead singer of the bands Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions and Mazzy Star. With the latter, she has released a number of albums including ‘Among My Swan,’ ‘She Hangs Brightly’ and ‘Seasons of your Day.’ She has also collaborated and toured with several artistes including The Chemical Brothers, Richard X, Le Volume Courbe, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Death in Vegas, to name a few. Born in East Los Angeles, California, Sandoval grew up in a Mexican American family. She kicked off her career in 1986 with a folk band, Going Home, before joining Mazzy Star. Besides being the lead singer, she also writes lyrics for Mazzy Star. A very private and shy person, Sandoval hardly interacts with the audience while on the stage yet she manages to impress them with her extraordinary performances.
Childhood & Early Life
Hope Sandoval was born on June 24, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, USA. Her family is Mexican American.
She studied at Mark Keppel High School. She, alongside her friend Sylvia Gomez, formed a folk music duo called Going Home in 1986.
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In the late 1980s, Hope Sandoval performed with a band named Opal alongside Kendra Smith and David Roback. After Smith's departure during a UK tour, Sandoval took over as the lead vocalist and then formed an alternative rock band called Mazzy Star along with Roback.
Mazzy Star released their first studio album titled ‘She Hangs Brightly’ in 1990. They soon released a hit single titled "Fade into You" from their second studio album ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ that was released in 1993.
In 1996, the group came up with its third album titled ‘Among My Swan’ which garnered the group its highest-ranking track on the UK Singles Chart when the single "Flowers in December" charted at #40. Following the release of the album’s single "I've Been Let Down", Mazzy Star went on a hiatus.
Sandoval formed the group The Warm Inventions in the year 2000. A year later, she released her debut solo album titled ‘Bavarian Fruit Bread’ which featured two covers: Jesus and Mary Chain's "Drop" and "Butterfly Mornings" from the 1970 movie ‘The Ballad of Cable Hogue.’
The singer and her group The Warm Inventions released two EPs between 2000 and 2002. In 2009, they came up with their second album titled ‘Through the Devil Softly’.
Sandoval and her group Mazzy Star collaborated once again to release the song "Common Burn" in October 2011. Two years later, they released their new album ‘Seasons of Your Day’.
In 2016, she and The Warm Inventions released a 7" vinyl track under the title "Isn't It True". Their third album ‘Until the Hunter’ came out in November that year. The album’s second single "Let Me Get There" was released in September.
Sandoval covered "Big Boss Man" for Mercury Rev's album ‘Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited.’
Hope Sandoval has collaborated many times with Massive Attack on multiple hit tracks including "Four Walls", "Paradise Circus," and "The Spoils".
Her band Mazzy Star released the album ‘So Tonight That I Might See’ in 1993. It spawned the single "Fade into You" that became the band's first and only single to make it to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #44.
Family & Personal Life
Hope Sandoval is known to be extremely reserved and shy. She has not revealed any detail about her personal relationships to the media and her fans.