Weeks back now, I was watching the Graham Norton Show because my idol, Madonna, was a guest (and I had had the sublime pleasure that week of realizing my cable includes BBC America!). The musical guest was Emeli Sandé who was releasing her debut album the next week. When I heard her perform “Next to Me” I fell instantly in love with her and could not wait for the album to drop! During her brief segment on the show with Graham, he had noted that her first name is actually Adele and she replied that she could not very well use that as her stage name after the wild success of fellow her fellow Brit artist. Her first single, “Heaven”, was released in August 2011 and was a huge hit. The album, Our Version of Events, was released in February 2012. She took the 2012 Brit Awards’ award for Critic’s Choice.
Our Version of Eventswas number 1 on the UK (where the album went platinum) and Scottish album charts, and made top 10 on Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, and Irish charts. In the UK, the album sold 113,319 copies in its first week, becoming the second fastest-selling album of 2012. It also marks the best first week sales for a debut album by a British female solo artist since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream debuted at number one in December 2009 with sales of 411,820 copies.
Sandé’s album is a great soul/R&B album. Her voice is something incredible. That was what instantly drew me to hear. It is so clear and powerful. I absolutely love it. “Heaven” is an incredible singe, and the video is pretty spectacular. “Next to Me” is without a doubt my favourite track off the album, and a single I cannot listen to enough! There is a real quality to her songs, filled with a raw kind of emotions. “Clown” is an example of one of these raw ballad-y songs off the album. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s beautiful. “Daddy” is another example of her raw power. I can’t sing the praises of this album enough!
Check out her website: Emeli Sandé