"Hope Sandoval" (born 1966) is an American singer-songwriter who was lead singer for Mazzy Star and later Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions.
Sandoval is from a large Mexican-American family in East Los Angeles, California.
Sandoval started her career in 1986 with her friend Sylvia Gomez in a folk music duo called Going Home.
Hope started to sing and perform with the band Opal in the late 1980s alongside David Roback. The two began writing together and renamed the band Mazzy Star. They had what many consider a surprise breakthrough hit single in early 1992. "Fade Into You" — from their album ''So Tonight That I Might See'' — was recorded one year before it became a success (with heavy video rotation on MTV).
The first Mazzy Star album, ''She Hangs Brightly'' was released in 1991. This album was, perhaps, more guitar-centric than later efforts. But, the characteristic echo-effect on the vocals, the limited instrumentation, and the stripped down sound was certainly there. One has only to listen to the track "Be My Angel" to hear the musical inspiration for "Fade Into You". Or "Blue Flower" to hear the rock roots of the band. While not...