Meet the British singer Adele.
No, not that one.
Er, perhaps that’s why she goes by her middle name – Emeli.
Emeli Sandé. She is Britain’s latest musical import, here, to the states — and perhaps their best kept secret (well, next to Prince George of Cambridge). It seems that one is constantly bombarded with inquiring shrieks of “who is that,” whenever her melodious vocals ease out of my speakers. Especially — though not limited to — her opening euphony on Kendrick Lamar’s “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” remix. Although be that as it may, it’s always gratifying to +1 Sandé’s fan club.
Sandé has toppled the international charts. At one point, her debut album — Our Version of Events — had been on the United Kingdom’s top 10 albums chart for 65 weeks; downing a record The Beatles held for 50 years.
In the states, many have obsessed over the sultry songstress, unknowingly. That “Next To Meeeeeeeee” high note you’ve tried to hit, while driving in your car — like no one’s watching — that’s Emeli Sandé’s song. Sandé is no one-hit wonder, though. Tracks such as “Daddy” and, my personal favorite, “My Kind of Love,” are global hits; and exactly why Our Version of Events was England’s best-selling album of 2012.
The singer-songwriter was also featured on Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby soundtrack — executive produced by Jay Z — delivering a rousing rendition of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love”. At only 26, Emeli Sandé is embarking on extraordinary success.