By Olona Tywabi
Move over Adele there’s a new girl in town. Opening with a twirl of strings and beats that evokes the glory days of ’90s British dance music, Adele Emeli Sandé, better known professionally as Emeli Sandé, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Sandé first became known to the public eye after she featured on the track “Diamond Rings” by the rapper Chipmunk. Her debut CD, “Our Version of Events,” lives up to the hype that has preceded it from the singer’s native U.K. where it’s been an enormous commercial and critical hit. Born to a Zambian father and English mother, Emeli Sandé (25) is the talk of the town. She studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow, but stopped in her fourth year. She said that education was one of the most important things to her, stating that if her music career failed, she has education to fall back on.
Whilst you were busy playing with your dolls and bicycles, at the age of 11, Sandé she wrote her first song for a school talent show. She states that for her, it was never an option to sing anyone else’s songs. The first official single from her debut album was “Heaven” and was released on 14 August 2011. The song received positive reviews from blogs such as This Must Be Pop and Robot Pigeon. Sandé achieved her first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart after “Read All About” entered at number-one.
Sandé`s debut album includes songs written by her and has been reviewed as having “richly melodic, classically powerful, retro-futurist soul-pop songs”. It’s filled with finely crafted, expertly produced love songs about complex, complicated emotions. Her voice is so angelic and sincere that every time you listen to it you will want to fall asleep listening to her.
Highlights of the album include “Mountains,” a love song intertwined with details of economic struggle; “Suitcase,” sung from the perspective of the one who’s dumped; and “Breaking the Law,” about the lengths to which our heroine will go for her lover.