Adele Emeli Sande, best know as Emeli Sande, is an English recording artist and song writer.  She first gained public interest when she was featured on the track “Diamond Rings” with the rapper Chipmunk in 2009.  It was both of their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart.  In 2010, she was featured on “Never Be Your Woman” with the rapper Wiley, which became another top 10 hit.  Simon Cowell called Sande “his favorite songwriter at the minute.”  In 2012, she received the Brit Awards Critic’s Choice Award.  She has written for a number of artists including Alicia Keys, Cher Lloyd, Parade, Susan Boyle, Gabrielle, Preeya Kalidas, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson and Mutya Keisha Siobhan.

In 2010, she signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing.  She later announced that Virgin Records had given her a record deal.  Sande released her first solo single, “Heaven,” in August 2011.  Sande has three number one singles across the UK and Ireland with “Read All About It” with Professor Green, “Next To Me” and “Beneath Your Beautiful” which was a collaboration with Labrinth.  Her first album, “Our Version of Events,” spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK with over a million sales.  In 2012, she performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.

Sande possesses a soprano vocal range.  Sande has said that she wants her music to be remembered as that of Nina Simone, one of her favorite artists.  Sande said, “These days nothing lasts, music is like fast food, you’re in, then you’re out.”  She went on to say, “We choose and consume, feast and forget, then rush on to the next hot thing.  There’s no point chasing that kind of success because it’s so transient.  Far better to follow our own paths and be true to ourselves.”

Sande was one of last years most promising new artists and songwriters in the UK.  She garnered much attention from both record companies and the public alike.  She has confirmed that she is working on her second album and her new EP titled “Who Needs The World?” is set to be released in July 2014.  The second album is set to be released in November 2014.

Check out some of Sande’s biggest hits so far below and be sure to check out her EP when it is released in July 2014.

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