Known as Emeli Sande to the world, she is one of the popular British singers who rose to prominence after performing as a featured artist in Chipmunk’s Diamond Rings. Singer/songwriter and music composer Emeli sings under the genres like R&B and soul. Currently 27 years old Emeli showed up as a singer in 2009 when she was of 22. Multi-award winner Emeli has composed and released several singles which have successfully been listed amongst top 10 in UK charts.
Popularly known by the stage name Emeli Sande, she was born as actually named as Adele Emily Sande by her parents, Diane Sande-Wood and Joel Sande. She was born on 10th March, 1987 in Sunderland, England. When she was of 4 years old, she along with her family commuted to Alford, Scotland. Having strict yet loving and caring parents, Emeli remembers that she was always a well behaving girl who was extremely shy and nerdy. Emeli is a divorcee to Adam Gouraguine, a marine biologist. The two dated for more than seven years before getting tied into marital relationship. They were engaged in January of 2012 and were wedded in September of the same year. Following their marriage, Emeli legally adopted Gouraguine as her surname but still used Emeli Sande as her professional name. The couple separated after a year of their marriage. However, the separation was revealed only in November of 2014.
After Emeli shifted to Alford, Scotland, she started studying at Alford Academy. Her father, Joel, was a teacher there and hence she maintained high degree of discipline inside and outside the school. 11 years old Emeli wrote a song for the first time. It was the point when she realized that she actually wanted to become a lyric and music composer. When Emeli was of 15 years old, she was approached by Choice FM to participate in their rap competition. A year later, she was offered a contract by Telstar but she turned it down putting education at the first place. She has majored in Neuroscience from the University of Glasgow. Digging a bit more into her personal life, we came to know that Nina Simone and Frida Kahlo had always been major inspirations in her life. She dreamt of reaching the place like Nina Simone so that she would always be remembered while Frida Kahlo was her source of motivation that provided her sense of fearlessness. Emeli once recorded a video of her singing and playing piano to Nasty Little Lady, one of her most preferred songs. The video was sent to BBC Urban Music Competition. The winner of the competition was to receive a record deal but the management team denied offering her the prize after she won the competition. Soon afterwards, she got chance to meet Shahid Khan, lyric and music composer and a DJ from England who is best known by his stage name Naughty Boy. With him, she began writing songs for various artists like Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk, Preeya Kalidas, Professor Green, Alisha Dixon and Devlin. She was soon signed by EMI Records and Virgin Records. In 2009, she as a featured artist collaborated with Chipmunk and released her debut single Diamond Rings. The song was amongst the top 10 in UK Chart. Her second single was Never Be Your Woman which was too released as a featured artist. In 2011, she released her first solo Heaven. The song was placed at second position in the UK Chart and became a part of her debut studio album Our Version of Events which was released in February 2012. The album topped various charts becoming #1 in UK and Ireland having sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Daddy, Next to Me, Read All About It Pt. III, My Kind of Love and Clown are her singles released till this day. Similarly, Read All About It, Wonder, Beneath Your Beautiful, Lifted, This Game Is Over, Free, etc are some singles she has recorded as a featured artist. Her extra-ordinary singing talent has got her nominated in various awards, winning her a bunch of awards like Brit Award, BET Award, Elle Style Award, Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Award, Ivor Novello Award, MOBO Music Award, NARM Music Biz Award, O2 Silver Clef Award, Q Award, Swiss Music Award, The Sun Bizarre Award and Urban Music Award. Her successful music career has earned her a huge net worth which is estimated to be $8 million.
Super talented singer Emeli has achieved a huge success in her singing career and it has all been possible because of her dedication and continuous efforts she made to make her dream come true. Besides making efforts for her career development, Emeli can also be seen making efforts to help people in need. She is an active supporter of various charities which are formed to help HIV/AIDS victim, needy children, improve education and health sector, etc. Elton John AIDS Foundation, Prince’s Trust, Mines Advisory Group, Nordoff Robbins, etc are some charities she supports.
Emeli is undoubtedly a talented singer who is blessed with amazing voice. She has established her as a successful recording artist of Britain within short period of time. Her fans love her for the extra-ordinary voice and personality she has and many of them regards as a role model of their life.