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La Roux

La Roux is the electropop project of Elly Jackson (born 12 March 1988 in London, United Kingdom; singer and keyboardist). It started as a duo in 2008 and became a solo project in 2011, when Jackson’s songwriting and producing partner Ben Langmaid left the group. Her music is largely influenced by 80s pop music including Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Heaven 17, Yazoo and Prince.

The name La Roux (pronounced lah-roo) is reported to be chosen when Elly found it in a book of baby names. La Roux comes from the mix of the French masculine word for “redhead” and the feminine article for “the”, referring to Jackson’s distinctive hairstyle.

In 2006 Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend. Their first project was named Automan and they wrote largely acoustic music.

In 15 December 2008, La Roux released their first single “Quicksand” on Kitsuné Music label, reaching just #129 on UK. This single was followed on 29 June 2009 by their debut album La Roux on Polydor label. The album peaked at #2 on UK albums chart, #158 on US charts, and it sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.

La Roux are an English electropop and synthpop duo made up of singer Eleanor Jackson and synthesizer player, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid
Jackson describes their respective roles as very much a half and half sharing situation...not like a singer producer outfit, but also recognizing that it often can look like a solo act
Their music is influenced by 1980s synthpop including Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Blancmange
The band's name originates from Jackson's red hair
Jackson has been linked to a pop music trend that features androgynous twenty-something women with a strong individualistic attitude
Ben Langmaid is the second half of La Roux but he doesn't participate in any live performances with the band
There are three other Supporting band members Michael Norris (Keyboards and computers), Mickey O'Brien (Keyboards and backing vocals) and William Bowerman (Drums)

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