Eliot Paulina Sumner, also known as Coco, is an English musician recording under the band name I Blame Coco. I Blame Coco’s debut album, The Constant, was released in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2010. She is the daughter of musician Sting and actress/producer Trudie Styler.
Eliot Sumner began playing music at a young age and writing songs at the age of 15. Some of her earlier demos include “I Blame Coco”, “Look The Other Way”, “Bohemian Love”, “Darkstar”, “Never Be”, “Voice In My Head”, “Avion”, and “No Smile” (A song which would later appear on her album, The Constant), many of which were imbued with a heavy reggae influence and elements of pop punk. The song “I Blame Coco”, which was co-written with Mr Hudson, was released independently as a 7″ single in 2007. The band includes Jonny Mott – Keyboards, Alexis Nunez – Drums, Jonas Jalhay – Guitar and Rory Andrew – Bass.
At age 17, Eliot signed a multi-record deal with Island Records. Eliot spent six months writing and recording her debut album The Constant in Sweden with one of her two producers, Klas Åhlund. According to his manager, Christian Wåhlberg, Åhlund had been keen to work with Eliot because he saw the “punk rocker” in her. The electropop sound of her debut album was influenced by Island president Darcus Beese, with Wåhlberg saying that if Eliot had signed to a different label then the music she created with Åhlund would have sounded differently. I Blame Coco’s debut single for Island, “Caesar”, featuring Robyn, was released in February 2010. Eliot released her follow-up single entitled “Self Machine” on 12 July 2010.