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Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Among My Swan 
• So Tonight That I Might See 
• She Hangs Brightly 
Hope has also collaborated with several different artists.
See Hope's discography for all of her appearances. Also check out the Mazzy Star discography at Mazzy Star Boulevard.
If there are any tour dates scheduled, they will be listed here.
Hope Sandoval: Vocals, guitar, keys, glockenspiel, harmonia, backing vocals
Colm O'Ciosoig (formerly of My Bloody Valentine): Drums, bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals
Alan Browne: Bass ("Drop", "On the Low", "Around My Smile")
Jill Emery: Bass ("Around My Smile")
Julian Goldwhite: Guitar ("Around My Smile")
Arve Hendrickson: Trumpet ("Lose Me On the Way")
Bert Jansch: Guitar ("Butterfly Mornings", "Charlotte")
Paul McQuillan: Guitar ("On the Low", "Around My Smile")
Nicole Presley: Backing vocals ("Drop")
Mike Prosenko: Guitar ("Drop")
Produced by Hope Sandoval & Colm O'Ciosoig
All songs written by Hope Sandoval except:
- "Drop", by William Reid (The Jesus & Mary Chain)
- "Butterfly Mornings", by Richard Gillis
- "Feeling of Gaze", "Baby Let Me", by Hope Sandoval & Colm O'Ciosoig
- "On the Low", "Around My Smile", by Hope Sandoval, Colm O'Ciosoig, Paul McQuillan, & Alan Browne
Hope Sandoval was born June 24, 1966 and grew up in east L.A. with her Mexican-American family. She started her career together with her friend Sylvia Gomez in a band called "Going Home", a folk duo formed in 1986.
Hope had admired Kendra Smith as a teen-age Dream Syndicate fan. Sylvia Gomez handed Kendra Smith a demo tape which was comprised of Hope Sandoval on vocals and Sylvia on guitar. David Roback offered to produce some recordings for them and they went into the studio and recorded an album that to this day is yet to be released.
Hope and Sylvia played gigs in California throughout the mid '80s, and stayed friends with both Kendra and David. During the Opal tour in Decemeber '87, Kendra left the band and disappeared. David called Hope to see if she would be interested to take Kendra's place in Opal. They found Kendra and had some discussions. They did two more shows together but then she flew home. Keith Mitchell flew home and the next day he flew back with Hope. After that tour Opal became Mazzy Star.
To date, Mazzy Star has released 3 albums: She Hangs Brightly (1990), So Tonight That I Might See (1993), and Among My Swan (1996). Two new songs will be released October 31, 2011: "Common Burn" and "Lay Myself Down".
Hope writes almost all the lyrics for Mazzy Star. Hope is a very shy and private person. "For me recording is better," says Sandoval. "Live, I just get really nervous. Once you're onstage, you're expected to perform. I don't do that. I always feel awkward about just standing there and not speaking to the audience. It's difficult for me."
In addition to Mazzy Star and The Warm Inventions, Hope has collaborated with a variety of artists including The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Chemical Brothers, Death In Vegas, Bert Jansch, Richard X, Air, Vetiver, and Le Volume Courbe. In 2008, Hope had a song, "Wild Roses", on a compilaton CD from Air France titled In The Air.