Short Info

MarkEnergetic stage presence
FactBig fan of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.

Russell Craig Mael (born October 5, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Sparks.

Mael was born in Santa Monica, California, to a Jewish family. His father, Al Mael, was a publicist and his mother, Shirley Mael, was a housewife. He has two older brothers, Ron and Alan.

Mael was educated at Beverly Hills High School. He later attended UCLA, where he studied cinema.

Mael’s musical career began in 1966 when he and his brother Ron formed the pop rock band Sparks. The band achieved commercial success with their 1974 album Kimono My House, which included the hit single “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us”.

Sparks has released 20 studio albums and has sold over 4 million records worldwide. They continue to tour and perform to this day.

Mael has also produced albums for other artists, including Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Pet Shop Boys.

In addition to his work with Sparks, Mael has also released two solo albums: Russell Mael (1979) and My Little Problem (1981).

Mael has been married to German-born actress and singer Sophie Mai since 2006. They have two children together.

Mael is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

General Info

Full NameRussell Mael
ProfessionMusic Producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Palisades Charter High School


ParentsMeyer Mael, Miriam Mael
SiblingsRon Mael


Music GroupsSparks, FFS
MoviesKnock Off, Bad Manners

Social profile links


#Marks / Signs
1High-pitched falsetto singing voice
2Energetic stage presence


1Big fan of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman.



Top of the Pops: The Story of 19792014TV Movie documentary writer: "Number One Song in Heaven"
Alan Partridge2013writer: "The Number One Song in Heaven"
Bunheads2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Some Jerk with a Camera2011TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever2009writer: "The Willys", "Eaten by the Monster of Love" - as Russell C. Mael
The Intimate Strangers Are Here2008performer: "Suburban Homeboy", "Intro", "Intro Reprise", "Likeable", "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us", "Moon over Kentucky"
Gilmore Girls2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Brothers in Arms2005TV Movie documentary writer: "Beat the Clock", "How Can I Get to Carnegie Hall?" - uncredited
It's All Gone Pete Tong2004writer: "Musak"
Knock Off1998performer: "Its a Knock-Off"
Unlawful Entry1992writer: "NATIONAL CRIME AWARENESS WEEK"
Rad1986producer: "Music That You Can Dance To" / writer: "Music That You Can Dance To"
Fright Night1985producer: "ARMIES OF THE NIGHT" / writer: "ARMIES OF THE NIGHT"
Heavenly Bodies1984writer: "Breaking Out of Prison"
Get Crazy1983writer: "Get Crazy"
Valley Girl1983writer: "Angst in My Pants", "Eaten by the Monster of Love"
Top of the Pops1979TV Series writer - 4 episodes


Gilmore Girls2006TV SeriesBohemian Troubadour
Rollercoaster1977Russell Mael (uncredited)


Knock Off1998
Growing Pains1984

Music Department

Unlawful Entry1992composer: song "National Crime Awareness Week"


Sparks Lil' Beethoven: Live in Stockholm2005VideoHimself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks2003TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651984TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1974-1979TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Sparks
Musikladen1975TV Series
Disco1974TV Series
The Big T.N.T. Show1966DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Magnificent Tati2009DocumentaryHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2006TV SeriesHimself - Performer

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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