Saffron is a Nigerian-British actress, singer, and songwriter. She is most popular for her role as the lead singer in the electronic band Republica.
Saffron's Net Worth
As of 2022, Saffron's net worth is estimated to be $4 million.
Samantha Marie Sprackling
Source(s) of Fame
Date of Birth
June 3, 1968
Place of Birth
Samantha Marie Sprackling was born on the 3rd of June 1968 in Ibadan, Nigeria. Saffron was born to a half-Chinese and half-Portuguese mother. She spent her early childhood in Nigeria until the eruption of the civil war that left numerous dead. Her family relocated to Brighton where she began taking ballet classes with the hope of becoming a ballerina. In her teenage years, Saffron realized she was unable to keep up with the torturous training system implemented at her ballet classes. She immediately transitioned to a singer and songwriter and began landing gigs in Brighton.
Saffron began her career in entertainment at the age of 18 when she was cast in the musical Starlight Express. Following the success of the musical, Saffron was part of Starlight Express’ stadium tour across Japan and Australia. On returning from the tour, Saffron launched her music career singing with N-Joi as a vocal feature on the song ‘Anthem’ before moving on to The Shamen and Jah Wobble. Besides her music, Saffron also pursued a dancing career working as a casino dancer in Italy and performing a stint in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s stage version.
Saffron was bent on establishing an impactful career in music and made appearances in the hit song ‘The One and Only ‘ and N-Jois ‘Mindflux.’ Having proven her versatility in the music industry she signed to the record label Deconstruction Records and released the debut single ‘One Love’ soon after. Saffron followed up her debut with the works ‘Circles’ and ‘World of You.’ In 1994, Saffron met keyboard players Tim Dorney and Andy Todd after a friend recommended adding her vocals to an instrumental they intended to release. The trio immediately began working on writing songs together before eventually recruiting a guitarist and drummer forming the band Republica.
The band immediately released two singles that became popular within the British nightclubs and landed bigger gigs. After recording several songs for their first LP, the band was invited to tour as an opening act for Gravity Kills. Despite having no money, they accepted the opportunity hoping the label would pay for food and accommodation. Unfortunately, the tour was halted halfway through due to low sales.
Instead of returning to London, the band decided to stay in America and find gigs. It was during their time there that their single ‘Ready to Go’ began charting in the UK Single Charts. After 6 weeks in America, Republica returned to London. They released their debut self-titled album that peaked at No. 4 on the UK Album Charts. They followed up their album with the single ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ that quickly climbed the charts.
Besides her commitment to writing music with her band, Saffron collaborated with The Prodigals by providing her vocals for the song ‘ Fuel My Fire.’ Republica released their sophomore album ‘Speed Ballads’ in 1998 and disbanded soon after following the collapse of their label. Saffron continued to work with Cure on the single ‘Just Say Yes’ and Junki X on his album ‘Radio JXL’ Republica has since gotten together numerous times over the years with their latest move being the 2020 release of the deluxe version of the album Republica.
Despite her time in the limelight, Saffron remains mysterious to fans. She currently works as a health worker focusing her time on mentally ill patients