Emeli Sandé

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Adele Emily Sandé, MBE (/ˈsændeɪ/ SAN-day; born 10 March 1987), known professionally as Emeli Sandé, is a Scottish singer and songwriter. Born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, and raised in Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, by an English mother and a Zambian father, Sandé rose to prominence after being a featured artist on the 2009 track "Diamond Rings" by rapper Chipmunk. It was the first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart for both of them. 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.


  • "Music gave me an identity."
  • "I definitely feel, as a woman at a certain age, if you don’t fit into a certain box, it becomes hard for everybody else."
  • "The easiest thing is to start blaming the company – they didn’t let me do what I wanted – but often enough, we stop ourselves because it is scary to take a risk."
  • "You have to be a citizen of the world."
  • "Coming out this year taught me that you have to be yourself. I’m lucky to live in a place where I can announce my relationship with a woman."
  • "Everybody is spiritual."
  • "Cutting my hair was probably the starting point of embracing myself. We try to control the natural things about ourselves because we’ve been told to be something else. Every part of my life now is authentic and it feels so refreshing."

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