Emeli Sandé born Adele Emeli Sandé is a British singer and songwriter.
She was born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear to an English mother and Zambian father on the 10th of March, 1987.
She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to Music.
In 2012, she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
Let’s take a look at her biography below.
Emeli Sande Full Name
She was born Adele Emeli Sandé but she is widely known as simply Emeli Sandé .
Emeli Sande Age
She was born on the 10th of March, 1987 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. She is currently 33 years old.
Emeli Sande Hometown
She hails from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK.
Emeli Sande Parents
She was born to to a Zambian father, Joel Sandé, and an English mother, Diane Sandé-Wood.
Emeli Sande Early Life and Education
Her father, having moved from Zambia, met her mother while they were both at the polytechnic in Sunderland. The family moved to Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, when she was four.
Sandé wrote her first song at the age of 11, for her primary-school talent show. The first song she wrote was called “Tomorrow Starts Again” – the song had proper structure and even a middle eight.
Sandé attended school at Alford Academy, where her father was a teacher.
Choice FM invited the 15-year-old Sandé to London to take part in their “Rapology” competition. Richard Blackwood also had her down to MTV’s Camden studios to sing gospel. It was the first London appearance of her career.
By the time she reached the age of 16, she had a record deal with Telstar within reach. However, understanding the opportunity that university could also offer her, she turned down the deal.
She studied medicine, in the five-year MBChB course at the University of Glasgow, but left after obtaining a degree in neuroscience.
She has stated that education was important to her, because, if her music career failed, she would have something to fall back on.
Her manager Adrian Sykes, she said, had waited patiently from when she was 16: “Adrian really respects that I want to get an education behind me. He also knows my parents are keen that I finish university”.
There have been many who have inspired Sandé throughout her life. One important influence was Frida Kahlo, so important that she has a tattoo of the artist’s portrait on her forearm.
Kahlo was inspirational for Sandé due to the unique story of her battle with polio at a very young age that went on to inspire her artwork.
She knew that her decision to pursue music and quit school would require a sense of fearlessness that she gained through Kahlo’s expression of art.
Emeli Sande Personal Life
In January 2012, Sandé got engaged to long-term boyfriend of seven years, marine biologist Adam Gouraguine.
They got married in his home nation of Montenegro on 15 September 2012. Sandé said she would legally take his name, but would still be known professionally as Emeli Sandé.
In November 2014, Sandé revealed that the couple had divorced after two years of marriage.
Howerver, recent pictures on social media indicate that the beautiful artiste is in a romantic relationship with rapper Rychus Ryter born Jonathan Kabamba.
In the post she wrote: “My Love, my King. Thank you for all the light, strength and joy you have brought into my life. I feel capable of anything with you by my side. Righteous Kabamba
Sandé was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music.
On 23 May 2019, it was announced that Sandé has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of Sunderland.
Emeli Sande Career
Sande rose to prominence after being a featured artist on the 2009 Chipmunk track “Diamond Rings”. It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2010, she was featured on “Never Be Your Woman” by the rapper Wiley, which was another top ten hit. In 2012, she received the Brit Awards’ Critics’ Choice Award.
Sandé released her first solo single “Heaven” in August 2011. She has two number-one singles across the UK and Ireland with “Read All About It” with Professor Green and “Beneath Your Beautiful”, a collaboration with Labrinth.
Her album Our Version of Events spent ten non-consecutive weeks at number one and became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK, with over 1 million sales.
In 2012, she performed in both the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. In 2013, at the Brit Awards 2013 ceremony, she won two awards: Best British Female Solo Artist, and British Album of the Year.
In 2016, she released her second studio album Long Live the Angels, which debuted at number 2 on the UK album chart.
In 2017, she won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, becoming her fourth win in total. Sandé was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for her services to music.
She possesses a soprano vocal range. Sandé has said she wants her music to be remembered like that of Nina Simone, one of her favourite artists.
She was first exposed to Simone at the age of eight, hearing her perform the song “Why?” after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Emeli Sande Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter
She goes by the handle @emelisande on Instagram. She goes by @emelisande on Twitter and Emeli Sandé on Facebook.
Emeli Sande Latest Songs
She has quite a number of hit tunes to his credit. Among them is the banger, Sparrow, You Are Not Alone, Honest, Human, among many others. You can download and listen to Emeli Sande’s music .