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Performing July 3rd, 2013
British singer Adele draws inspiration for her songs from her personal life, as many singers do. She shares her heartbreak with us in such a way that we want to thank the man who broke her heart. She’s definitely not a Taylor Swift. America showed Adele our appreciation last year when she went home with six Grammys, including Record of the Year. Adele still reigns over the big voice, soul-pop singer department and seems to be the new “standard” by which to compare upcoming female singers…especially British ones who are also named Adele.
It’s no wonder that Emeli Sande, an upcoming Scottish singer, refused to use her real first name. In an interview with Pulse Denver, she reveals that Emeli isn’t her first name, but her middle name. “It would have been hard to distinguish myself as an artist.” Sure, that’s the reason Emeli.
Emeli goes on to admit that she initially thought it would’ve been cool for them to have the first name. Then Adele won Critics’ Choice at the Brit Awards and became larger than life. She was obviously a little intimidated, because she too won the Critic’s Choice award and now has very large shoes to fill. But, she is a fan of Adele and hopes to one day collaborate with her.
Emeli Sande may always be Adele II to some, but she has proven herself to be an honest songwriter and a powerful performer. She performed with Coldplay on their U.S. tour back in March. She has managed to put together an album, called “Our Version of Events” that debuted on June 5th in the U.S. The album contains mostly must-listen songs. Highlights of the album are “Next to Me,” an upbeat love song that would be the product if Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez ever collaborated on a song. “Heaven” features techno-inspired instrumentals that may distract some from the hard-hitting lyrics.
“Clowns” is a favorite of mine, particularly because of the raw, crystal-clear vocals. It is crafted beautifully and like all of her songs, filled with complex emotions. She speaks for those who cannot translate their own feelings into thoughts. And although, she seems to always be talking about some kind of love, it is always exciting and invigorating. Plus, you can hear her Scottish accent perfectly.
Emeli Sandé will be performing at this year’s Olympic Torch Celebration as well as at the 2012 iTunes Festival in London.