Emeli Sandé to Release "Our Version of Events" Next Year
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:14:45
Scottish-born singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé, who has been thrilling fans across the Atlantic over the past year with her rich, soulful voice and sophisticated songwriting, will release her debut album in the US, entitled Our Version of Events, in late spring.
Sandé has also been hand-selected by Coldplay to open its current arena tour, including shows in London, Paris, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium this month. She also opened for Alicia Keys earlier this year in London. Keys was so impressed she told Dazed and Confused that Sandè's, "a magnificent new artist... We did some writing together for my upcoming record. I just love her style and her flow – super raw" and Adele, upon viewing Sandè's performance on Jools Holland, simply Tweeted "How incredible is she?"
Those are amazing endorsements. We're sold. And now, some background info on Sandé:
Sandé was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, the daughter of a Zambian father and a Cumbrian mother. A fervent songwriter since the age of 10, she relocated to Glasgow for college where she studied medicine for six years before deciding to commit herself to a life as a musical artist.
Our Version of Events, which will be released in her native land in February, reveals Sandé to be an uncompromising creative force in the vein of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill (each of whom Sandé namechecks as a key influence on her heady, unforgettable sound). Taking a cue from Mitchell and her other songwriting idols, she achieves an irresistible contemporary-yet-timeless quality on Our Version of Events. "I can still relate to a Joni song, even though it's 25 years old, which is what is important to me," she says. "I'm not too bothered about what category my music goes in and there's no point in limiting who you can reach, but I want it to be respected."
Check out the video for "Daddy" here.
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