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Overview (3)

Born in Falkirk, Scotland, UK
Birth NameElizabeth Davidson Fraser
Nickname The Voice of God

Mini Bio (1)

Ms. Fraser has been described as having "the voice of God", and as "an utterly unique performer whose swooping, operatic vocals relied less on any recognizable language than on the subjective sounds and textures of verbalized emotion. Fraser is primarily known as the vocalist for the Cocteau Twins, a Scottish rock group formed in Grangemouth, Scotland, 1981, and separated in 1997. Their lush and atmospheric wall of sound coupled Fraser's seraphic vocals leave the group a legacy as distinguished pioneers of the 1980s musical subgenre dream pop. In 2008, music magazine Q awarded Cocteau Twins the 'Q Inspiration Award'. Apart from the Cocteau Twins, Fraser provided her vocal talents to the compositions of masters such as Michael Kamen, Howard Shore, Peter Gabriel, Elliot Goldenthal and Craig Armstrong.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Vario

Trade Mark (1)

Powerful soprano vocal range

Trivia (14)

Gave birth to her first child at age 26, a daughter Lucy Belle Guthrie. Child's father is Robin Guthrie. [September 1989]
Gave birth to her second child at age 34, a daughter Lily Reece. Child's father is Damon Reece. [March 1998]
Scritti Politti's Green Gartside said that Fraser was his third favorite vocalist of all time (behind Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson).
Used to have a tattoo of Siouxsie Sioux on her arm.
Performed for two nights as part of the 'Meltdown Festival' at London's Southbank Centre, curated by Anohni. [August 2012]
The youngest of six children. At 16, was forced to leave the family house for having a "punk look".
Had an intense personal relationship with the late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. They recorded the duet: "All Flowers in Time Bend Towards the Sun". The song was written by Buckley and never released commercially. Fraser speaks about their relationship in the BBC documentary, 'Jeff Buckley: Everybody Here Wants You (2002)'.
Was awarded the NME Award for 'Best Female Singer'. [1984]
(January 28, 2016) With her longtime partner Damon Reece, composed an operatic score for The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells (2016), a four-part mini-series.
For some recordings, used foreign words without knowing their meaning, the words acquired meaning for her only as she sang them.
Fraser's vocals were influenced by Bulgarian acapella folk singers featured on the compilation album 'Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares'.
For "Lament for Gandalf", her musical contribution to the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Fraser sings in Sindarin, a fictional language devised by J.R.R. Tolkien, spoken by the Grey-elves.
Her recorded solo work includes renditions of "Strange Fruit" (originally performed by Billie Holiday) and "At Last I Am Free" (originally performed by Chic).
Other than Nina Simone, her musical influences include Tim Buckley, Kate Bush, Pet Shop Boys, Judy Henske, Billie Holiday, Esther Ofarim, Édith Piaf, Björk, Joni Mitchell, Frank Sinatra and Les Voix Bulgares.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on her favorite vocalist] "Nina Simone...she's, she's just done so much. I don't know much about her life but that doesn't bother me, because I've learnt so much about her through her material. She's so vulnerable. And I can really relate to that. A lot of her songs are about being fallible. She's a really dysfunctional person. And dysfunctional people are attracted to each other. I guess that's why I am attracted to her. We both had a rough life. She's familiar."
I'm very perfectionist. I'm getting stronger as a person, but sometimes I just need to get over myself!

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