Women In Music Awards 2019 Inspirational Artist winner Louise Wener

Mark Sutherland

In the ’90s, Louise Wener was everywhere. As frontwoman of Britpoppers Sleeper, she sold hundreds of thousands of albums (debut Smart went gold, follow-up The It Girl is certified platinum), appeared on countless magazine covers and TV shows, played huge sell-out shows to legions of lookalike fans and even had Michael Stipe of REM sing her Happy Birthday, live on stage at Milton Keynes Bowl.

Then, suddenly, she was nowhere. After the relative lack of success of Sleeper’s third album ...

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