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Emeli Sande has revealed that witnessing racism towards her parents Joel and Diane as a young child helped make her a ”stronger person”.

Emeli Sande says overcoming racism has made her a ”stronger person”.

The ‘My Kind of Love’ singer was one of the performers who graciously lent their time to Unity: A Concert for Stephen Lawrence – which marked the 20th anniversary of the death of race attack victim Stephen Lawrence – at The O2 arena in London last night (29.09.13) and she admits witnessing abuse towards her parents Joel and Diane Sande, who are an interracial couple, at a young age helped shape her morals as an adult.

Speaking at the event, she told BANG Showbiz: ”My parents suffered from racism being a black man and a white woman in the ’80s. It’s always been part of our lives in some way. Luckily, we haven’t suffered or it hasn’t affected our lives too severely. But it’s who I represent, it’s who I am, and it’s made me a much stronger person.”

Having experienced racism firsthand, the 26-year-old songbird feels a kinship with Stephen’s family, especially his mother Doreen, who has tirelessly campaigned to end racism and street violence in the wake of her son’s death in 1993.

She said: ”To be asked to perform and to bring my music here was a big deal for me. The Lawrence family have been part of my life from a distance from when I was very young. To be here now feels really incredible.”

Other stars who performed at the benefit concert include Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding and Rizzle Kicks.

Source: ContactMusic

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Left to right. Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Doreen Lawrence, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Beverley Knight Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Rita Ora, Beverley Knight and Jessie J led a star-studded concert held in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

They were joined by Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran for a tribute performance 20 years after the 18-year-old was killed in a racist attack as he waited for a bus in Eltham, south-east London.

Source: ITV

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EMELI Sandé’s hoping to get US R&B queen Brandy on her second album.

The multi-BRIT winner went to see the Grammy winner in concert this week and ended up giving the What About Us singer an exclusive listen to her new tracks.Chatting backstage, Emeli told me: “I’m hard at work on my new album. “I played Brandy my new music on my phone and we talked about working together. I’m a huge fan.”Celebs including Rochelle Humes, Gabrielle, Natasha Bedingfield, Jahmene Douglas and MKS all turned up to watch Brandy’s amazing set.

She told the audience not to expect any Miley Cyrus antics: “I won’t be twerking. I keep it real classy.”

Source: Daily Star

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Tonight Emeli performed at the Dakota in Dublin, Ireland to celebrate the 5th annual Arthur’s Day. We’ve added photos of Emeli’s performance. View the thumbnails below and view the enlarged images in our gallery here.

Setlist:

Heaven

Breaking The Law

Free

Who Needs The World

My Kind of Love

Beneath Your Beautiful

Read All About It

Lifted

Wonder

Next To Me

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