SOURCE: Universal Music Enterprises

October 06, 2006 08:01 ET

Imogen Heap's 1998 Debut, "i Megaphone," Reissued as the Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter's Recent Album Prompts New U.S. Tour

"She's a lot more than just some woman with a cool Dickensian name whom you might have heard on the soundtrack to 'Garden State' or between teen traumas on 'The O.C.'" -- Rolling Stone, November 28, 2005

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 6, 2006 -- Charismatic and compelling singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has gained the ear of America in recent years with her electro/alt songs on cult fave movies and television shows as well as her 2005 sophomore album "Speak For Yourself." Yet "i Megaphone," her 1998 debut, has been out-of-print in the U.S. for seven years. As Heap returns here for a November-December tour, that album receives a much-deserved reissue. "i Megaphone" (Almo Sounds/UMe), released November 14, 2006, revisits the songs that marked Heap as the next great iconoclastic female artist, a lineage that includes Patti Smith, Kate Bush, Annie Lennox, Björk and Liz Phair.

After her live debut performing between sets by The Who and Eric Clapton at the 1996 Prince's Trust Concert in London's Hyde Park, the classically trained Heap, from rural Essex, England, signed to Almo Sounds when she was just 17 years old. "i Megaphone" (an anagram for Imogen Heap), produced by David Kahne, Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) and Guy Sigsworth, and featuring the engaging singles "Come Here Boy," "Shine" and "Getting Scared," earned wide critical acclaim. Unfortunately, Almo Sounds, formed by A&M founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, was winding down and Heap soon found herself adrift.

In 2002, she and Sigsworth released a duo album, "Details," under the moniker Frou Frou and it too was critically acclaimed. The following year they covered the Bonnie Tyler classic "Holding Out For A Hero" for the "Shrek 2" soundtrack. Though by then defunct, Frou Frou enjoyed an unexpected resurgence in popularity in 2004 when "Let Go" was featured in "Garden State."

Heap's second solo album, "Speak For Yourself," emerged the following year. Its "Hide And Seek" was heard in the powerful closing scenes of the Season Two finale of "The O.C." and sparked a downloading frenzy. The series' third season ended with her haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." "Hide And Seek" was also featured in the movie "The Last Kiss," the reality series "So You Think You Can Dance" and as the ending song in the premiere episode of this year's new drama "Smith." In addition, she penned "Can't Take It In" for "The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe."

But it is because of "i Megaphone" that America first heard Imogen Heap.

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