Archer is an English singer of West Indian descent. She wrote "Sleeping Satellite" in 1988 with John Beck (who also co-wrote "Put Your Records On
" by Corinne Bailey Rae) and John Hughes, whom she met while working at Flexible Response Studios in Bradford, England. They became members of her band and her writing partners - every song on her first album is a collaboration amongst the trio. At first, they called themselves The Archers, but they got a better response from record labels when presented as a solo act.
EMI signed her in 1990, but it took about a year to record the album - the first producer didn't work out. Another year went by with the label sending Archer on the road to get in sync with her 6-piece band. During this time, EMI developed a marketing plan for Archer, sending her on industry showcases and buying radio ads to promote "Sleeping Satellite," her first single. The plan worked: When the song was released, it went to #1 in the UK and Archer earned lots of positive press. She was not keen on celebrity though, and recoiled from the media blitz surrounding her, admitting in interviews that she wanted it to stop.
Archer didn't release more material until 1994, when she put out an EP called Shipbuilding
with no original songs, just four Elvis Costello covers and a few live or alternate versions of songs from her first album. Her next album, Bloom
(1996), was filled with original songs but failed to chart. She and EMI parted ways and Archer took a few years off from music. She appears from time to time with new material, but keeps a low profile.