“Swingpunk” – The Financial Times
“Fabulous” – Vogue
“We want to be them” – New Woman
“Silky & sexy like a night in a smoke-filled Parisian jazz club” – BBC Music
“Accomplished” – The Times
“… the Andrews Sisters-style close harmonies are immaculate… they weave past and present together so deftly…” Clive Davis, The Times.
When you start out retro, you don’t expect to become true originals – but that’s the position The Puppini Sisters (Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Emma Smith) are delighted to find themselves in. In the ten years since they began, it’s extraordinary how many others have followed their trailblazing lead, whether it’s the gorgeous close harmony singing style, the swing-style re-workings of modern pop songs, or their impeccable retro-futuristic fashion sense.
With four albums under their waist-cinching belts and a fifth ‘The Highlife’ set for release this March, the Puppini Sisters are now regarded as the world’s leading close-harmony group, and count Prince Charles, The Manhattan Transfer and Michael Bublé amongst their fans.
The group was founded in 2004 by Marcella Puppini after she was inspired by the film The Triplets of Belleville (2003) by Sylvain Chomet and it’s Oscar nominated film soundtrack by Benoit Charest, and in 2005 they were signed by Universal Classics and Jazz. They released their first album ‘Betcha Bottom Dollar’ in 2006, produced by the Oscar nominated Charest – the album was labelled the fastest selling jazz album of all time when it hit no. 1 in the UK Jazz Charts and subsequently went gold.
The Puppini Sisters quickly became musical pioneers of the neo burlesque/swing scene in the early noughties and continue to this day as mainstays of the underground performance art scene. Since then, the group have collaborated with Michael Bublé and have appeared on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Koko and The Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, l’Olympia in Paris, The Great Hall of Conservatory in Moscow, The Roxy and The Greek in L.A. (both with Cyndi Lauper), B.B. King’s in New York, The Montreal Jazz Fesival and Glastonbury Festival.
The Puppini Sister’s television appearances include Royal Variety Show, The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing, Loose Women, This Morning, Big Brother’s Little Brother, Hell’s Kitchen, Jonathan Creek, The View (on ABC), Carole King and Friends at Christmas (BBC4), The Late Late Show, The View (US) and Michael Buble’s Christmas Special on NBC.
The Puppini Sister’s multi-platinum selling ‘Jingle Bells’ collaboration with Michael Bublé paved the way for further recording collaborations, numerous worldwide TV appearances, Christmas Specials, The Graham Norton Show and a live show with Michael at The O2 Arena in London.
Their new album ‘The Highlife’, released March 2016, was funded completely by a Pledge campaign and produced by Fred DeFaye with musical arrangements and original compositions by Marcella Puppini and Kate Mullins including the self penned first single Is This The High Life. The album also features classics from the Thirties to the Fifties (Tico Tico, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive) and jazzy reinventions of pop hits (Changes, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)
Following on the success of ‘The High Life’, The Puppini Sisters released a Deluxe Double Edition, featuring remixes of all tracks. The idea came from the Verve Remixed series of the early 2000s, which were popular at the time The Puppini Sisters first got signed to Universal.
This new album, their sixth, sees the Puppini’s work with an international extended family of friends and regular collaborators: The Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles, 30 Hurts, Kyoshi Island, F:III-Y (from chart-topping Electro Swing outfit Caravan Palace), The Real Tuesday Weld, Bart & Baker, Andrew Beaton, Martin Kolarides, and Peter Ibbetson.