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Emeli Sande

Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenom at the tender young age of 23.

This UK soul songstress wrote her first song at the age of 11, began participating in music competitions in her teens, and was soon contributing to song afer charting song, including Chipmunk's "Diamond Rings" and Wiley's "Never Be Your Woman." She branched out into more mainstream connections, writing for R&B singer Leona Lewis and pop vocalist Susan Boyle. Given her powerful, passionate vocals and her inherent understanding of what makes a great song, there was little doubt that her debut would be a doozy. After her first solo single, the breakbeat, soulful "Heaven," became a world-wide hit, the buzz for the full-length was all but deafening.

"Our Version of Events" was released just this past February and went platinum within its second week, entering the charts at number one. On top of her Brit Award, Sande now has a record-breaking album to check off her list of to-do's for 2012. Raw and polished, "Our Version of Events" has plenty of soaring horns, dance-inducing beats, and obviously catchy pop hooks. But the showcase is Sande's impassioned vocals, brazen and beautiful. She's got a lot of talent, and she knows exactly how to employ it.


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Recent Release: Our Version of Events   
Release Date: February 13, 2012
Label: EMI, Virgin Records
Band Origin: London