Sister Bliss (Faithless)

British classically trained pianist, keyboardist record producer, DJ, composer and songwriter Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim),Was born 30 December 1970). she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong, particularly as part of Faithless.she has also Worked With a number of collaborators over the years including Zoë Johnston and, frequently, Rollo’s sister Dido, who began her musical career providing backing vocals for the band. Faithless toured extensively, and while Rollo preferred to stay in the studio, Sister Bliss could be seen on stage with Maxi Jazz. Faithless enjoyed a 17-year career, that included 7 albums, including two number ones, and six top 10 singles. To date, Faithless have sold in excess of 15 million records worldwide and have played live to millions across the world.She released a two-disc compilation entitled Headliners: 02 in 2001.On 10 September 2006 she gave birth to a baby boy named Nate. The track “Nate’s Tune” on the Faithless album To All New Arrivals is dedicated to him. Later on, Faithless founded their own record label called Nate’s Tunes.She released Nightmoves on 14 July 2008.

Bliss formed Faithless in 1995 with Rollo, Jamie Catto and vocalist Maxi Jazz, constructing most of the music herself electronically, and also played the piano, violin, and saxophone while Rollo  produces the band. Faithless Albums include Reverence, Sunday 8PM, Outrospective and No Roots and a greatest hits compilation album. The first four studio albums included a subsequent bonus disc of remixes. Their fifth album, To All New Arrivals, was released in 2006, the next album The Dance, was released on 16 May 2010, The band also work on other musicians’ work, Including the long running Back to Mine sessions as well as The Bedroom Sessions and more recently theRenaissance 3D music project, in conjunction with the Renaissance nightclub. In 2006 Faithless released the controversial single Bombs” from their album To All New Arrivals and In October 2007 they played alongside Talib Kweli and Ozomatli and one of China’s earliest music festivals, Yue, organised by Split Works In 2009, they released dub mix of the track “Sun to Me” from their latest studio album, The Dance, and in 2010 the single Not Going Home was released. Since 2009, their track “Drifting Away” has been the theme tune for the BBC Television’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show website. In 2010, they returned to the Glastonbury Festival after eight years, playing on the Pyramid Stage, performing “Insomnia”, “God is a DJ”, and “We Come 1″. In 2011, Maxi Jazz announced that Faithless would cease to be. They played two nights at Brixton Academy on 7 and 8 April 2011, which were transmitted live via satellite to cinemas across Europe. However, the Faithless Sound System (a stripped down version of Faithless consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Sudha Kheterpal) gave final shows on 22 July 2011 at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium, at the Waterford Music Fest in Ireland on 30 July and in Split at the Riva Discothèque on 12 August. Despite the announcement of their retirement, they currently – albeit only occasionally – continue to perform in the form of the stripped-down Faithless Sound System or via live PA and DJ sets incorporating Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss only. Following Faithless’ retirement from touring in April 2011, Bliss Now presents a weekly show on Ministry of Sound Radio at 7pm on Friday evenings.

SisterBliss has collaborated with Dido, Boy George, Cat Power, Robert Smith (The Cure), The Temper Trap and Example amongst others and has written music for film, TV and theatre. Credits include 2012ʼs film Knife Fight starring Rob Lowe, and directed by 2-times Oscar winner, Bill Guttentag, commissions for Sex & The City 2, Danny Boyleʼs The Beach, acclaimed British film The Hide, Crossing The Line and popular TV drama Life Begins. For theatre, Bliss has written music for The Black Album, The Emperor Jones at The National Theatre in London and an original piece for the London Sinfonietta, which was performed at Fuse Festival, UK.Inspired by her love for discovering new music through her radio show and DJ sets,

In 2013 Sister Bliss launched her own label: Junkdog Records for her solo singles and as an outlet for signing new music she believes in. Junkdog already has a busy schedule of new artists and exclusive originals from the lady herself.The ‘Faithless Sound System’ – a stripped down live act featuring a live PA from Maxi Jazz, DJ set from Bliss and percussion – has appeared at a number of festivals worldwide since Faithless split. She has occasionally appeared at medium-sized clubs in the UK, as a headline DJ act playing sets of house Records, her remixes and also independent artists. On 31 May 2013, she reunited with Maxi Jazz for a Faithless live PA and DJ set at the Electric Brixton nightclub in London, held in aid of the youth academy for Crystal Palace football club. Bliss and Maxi Jazz also performed Faithless songs at a festival in the United States. As well as her own albums, Sister Bliss is a prominent dance DJ and has for a long time toured the circuit on her own, remixed others’ albums and even appeared in music videos, such as Paul Oakenfold’s “Weekend”.

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