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THE singing sensation, nominated for three awards at next week’s Brits, showed great promise as a singer even from a young age. But she didn’t always get rounds of applause from nearby households in Alford, Aberdeenshire.

EMELI Sande has performed to millions at the London Olympics, but her neighbours drew the line at her attempts at singing in the shower as a youngster.

At 10 years old, Emeli – then known by her birth name Adele Sande – loved to perform songs such as The Little Mermaid and Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You to anybody who’d listen.

At Wednesday night’s Brit awards she is nominated for three categories. But she didn’t always get rounds of applause from nearby households in Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Emeli’s sister Lucy recalled: “She was always a singer. Even before school she was singing Disney songs like The Little Mermaid. That was a particular favourite.

“She sang Mariah Carey songs that dad had in his record collection.

“I remember the house would be filled with her singing all the big ballads.

“Those were probably the first songs she sang and I knew how good she was, even when she was just seven years old or maybe even younger.

“Mum and Dad tell me that they used to tend to her crying as a baby until they realised that she was singing.

“She would sing in the bathroom and the neighbours would complain or comment that they could hear her singing in the shower.”

By then Emeli had already shown a talent for music. From six years old, she took choir and recorder lessons at Alford Primary school under the tutelage of music teacher Morag Simpson.

“She was just a wee thing at that point,” said Morag.

“All the children had to play an ocarina, a South American instrument that is a wee cylinder with circles, and I taught her to play the recorder.

“She learned to read music.”

Emeli bagged the lead role in the school’s nativity play, Hosanna Rock.

Head teacher Liz MacLeod said: “She had a wonderful voice and when she sang the song Hosanna Rock solo, it sent shivers down my spine.

“On hearing a 10-year-old sing with such power and depth, everybody remarked on how special it was.

“Obviously, it was long before she became mega-famous but everybody was spellbound.

“It really was special.”

Morag, who remains proud of her protegé, added: “We chose her for the lead role of Mary because we could see her talent then.

“She had a nice soulful song to sing, which she did beautifully.”

Lucy, 24, admits her big sister’s special talent paid dividends on occasions.

She said: “We were in the choir at the same time but it was always her that got the solo parts.

“We would sing together in public at Halloween.

“We’d go round trick or treating and would sing a song.

“I was always the backing singer.

“We’d sing the songs we learned at school. We did quite well out of it.”

Having enjoyed Britain’s biggest-selling album with her chart-topping debut Our Version of Events, these days Emeli is also in demand as a songwriter for acts such as Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Leona Lewis.

But even in primary school, her songwriting talent was beginning to shine through.

Liz said: “She wrote a song for a talent show the children were doing. She didn’t perform it. Her friends performed it for her. It is amazing that she was writing songs for other people even then.”

Lucy, who recently secured a first degree in law but plans to become an English teacher, said: “I have always loved my sister’s songs so much. Even when she started writing her first songs, they were always special.

“They always touched me and I just thought they must touch other people like this.

“As a child Emeli was very good at making up games.

“She’d always be in control of what we were doing and singing.

“It was my birthday the other day and she wrote in the card this song we had written as kids. It was a really bad techno song we had created moves to. She wrote a few lines from it on the card.

“We also wrote a song on guitar as well, about a saviour who wasn’t a fighter, but the techno one convinced us we could write songs, even though it is quite embarrassing.

“The main line was ‘Techno is in the house’. We used to write songs and play at radio stations.

“Now it is inspiring to see her living her dream and seeing her do what she said she would. When I listen to the lyrics to her song River, I think of her and how she has been such a good role model to me.”

As a newcomer, Emeli won last year’s Brits’ critics’ choice award. Her four nominations at next week’s Brits in London are for British album of the year, for Our Version of Events, British female solo artist and best British single, for Next to Me and her collaboration with Labrinth on the song Beneath Your Beautiful.

She’s notched up more than 1.6million sales of her album in the UK, close to another one million worldwide and is making inroads in the US, having toured with Coldplay and in her own right too. Earlier this month she appeared on US TV shows Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ellen.

Mum Diane and dad Joel admit they have to pinch themselves as Emeli’s career continues to reach new heights.

“It seems like a daydream, to be honest,” said council worker Diane. “When she was little she always loved music and performing on the recorder.

“When she got a little bit older and was in P7 or S1, I noticed that it didn’t bother her getting up on stage.

“I could see the lyrics she was writing and how deep she was going into the songwriting by the time she was 13 or 14.

“There was a lot of music around but I think Emeli had the music in her from the moment that she was born.”

Born in Sunderland to Diane and Zambian-born dad Joel, a teacher at Alford Academy, Emeli spent a few months in Zambia before her parents moved back to the UK, eventually settling in Scotland.

Diane said: “Emeli was born in the same year Joel and I finished off our degree courses in England.

“We went back to Zambia in October 1988 because Joel had finished his mechanical engineering course he had been sponsored to do.

“But I was pregnant with Lucy at the time and I got malaria so things didn’t really work out in Zambia.

“I came back to Cumbria because that was where my sister was in 1989.

“Joel came back and we moved up to Alford in 1992. He got a teaching position in Alford.”

Joel added: “I knew when Emeli was six or seven years old that she had something special.

“From then on I realised she wasn’t shy about making music. She tried to imitate the popular singers of the time and tried to get the sound the exact same as the records.

“She was standing in front of a lot of people from a young age. She was happy to be heard in front of adults.

“She would sing Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On and she would try to reach all the notes.

“She sang Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston songs and later, at the age of 12, it was songs by Alicia Keys.

“She picked up on Nina Simone from my music collection.

“We played lots of different music in the house including gospel, R&B and blues.”

Cutbacks in music education led Emeli’s music teacher Morag to take voluntary redundancy from Alford Primary in 1997.

She currently teaches up to 2000 children each week as part of the Government’s Youth Music Initiative and says Emeli’s success is inspiring a new generation.

“I have gone up in the estimation of the children in the schools I am teaching in now because I taught her,” said Morag.

“The kids think I am wonderful now. They are all sticking in with the choir.

“There were lots of musical kids when I taught Emeli but she stood out as being talented enough to go on and do something with her music.

“I would never have guessed how far her talent would take her. I couldn’t have predicted that.

“It is really amazing.”

Source – DailyRecord.co.uk

Sir Elton John has chosen Emeli Sande to perform at big Oscar party on February 24th. She’s the Scottish singer who’s about to break as big as Adele here in the US with her album “Our Version of Events.”

I went to see Emeli last night in Hollywood at the Key Club in a showcase sponsored by Pfizer and Chapstick (Viagra joke can be made here). She was absolutely sensational, mind blowing, unique. By accident I’ve seen Emeli sing three times in LA since Saturday and she’s just been outstanding and astouding each time.

Each year Elton gets a cutting edge act to perform at his all star celebrity party set up next to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Proceeds from the dinner and party benefit his and David Furnish’s Elton John AIDS Foundation, one of the few charities that really achieves its goals and has vanquished AIDS in many parts of the world.

In the past they’ve had Nelly Furtado, the Scissor Sisters, and even Prince at the party. They also get the creme de la creme of celebs, from Sting and Paul McCartney to Hugh Jackman (this year’s co chairman of the dinner) to Sharon Stone and Quincy Jones.

Today in a release Elton called Emeli’s album “a true work of art. I predict that by next year she will be a multiple Grammy winner.”

Indeed, he’s right–the next year is going to be a big, slow build for Emeli. I just hope she can keep calm as her career explodes. I do think people are going to be fighting to get into the EJAF Oscar party to see her– and maybe hear her sing with Elton on at least one song. After hearing her last night, it’s easy to imagine her big soulful voice on one of his many hits.


British singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé‘s music is like an enveloping hug; we want to snuggle with that warm, comforting voice of hers all day long!

The talent-stuffed individual recently stopped by and performed a flawless live version of her smash hit single Next To Me

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We ADORE Emeli’s lyrically rich, thought provoking songs! Her musical abilities shine in a world overly saturated with mediocre talent…

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Yesterday it was confirmed by Just Jared and Emeli’s label (via Twitter) that at the end of this month (February) Emeli plans to release a remix of ‘Next To me’ featuring Kendrick Lamar.

This is great news and will only help Emeli with breaking America. Kendrick is currently a very in-demand artist in America. I cannot wait to hear this remix, it should be great!

Read Just Jared’s official statement below:

While she already has a large niche fan base, you may not know who Emeli Sande is yet, and that is why she is this week’s pick for JustJared.com and KIIS FM 102.7‘s JJ Music Monday!

The 25-year-old British singer just had a huge weekend being introduced to the U.S. music industry at parties celebrating the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Emeli performed at the Universal Party on Saturday (February 9), created huge buzz at Clive Davis‘ annual party later that night (pictured below), and now she has a remix version of her song “Next to Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar coming out later this month!

So what do you guys think? Are you excited? Let us know your reaction in the comment section or in our chatbox!

A few days ago Emeli attended her first ever Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Awards Party. Emeli did several interviews while on the red carpet. View some of the interviews below. Emeli says that Frank Ocean has been her favorite new artist this year, once the tour is done she is writing more music, and much more!


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With 1 million copies sold in the UK alone, last year saw Emeli Sande beat Adele’s ’21′ to become the highest selling LP in the nation in 2012. Now, with the US slowly but surely catching onto her well deserved hype, tonight will see the ‘Heaven’ genius perform live at the ‘ChapStick Sessions concert’ at Hollywood’s Key Club, in association with MySpace with support from Skylar Grey. So, ever to eager to catch up with the acts you care most about, That Grape Juice caught up with Ms. Sande before the hotly anticipated show’s live stream hits the air in a matter of hours. Check it out below…

TGJ: Hi Emeli! How are you?

Emeli: I’m good thanks. I’m actually getting ready for gig at the ChapStick Sessions tonight, so all is well.

TGJ: Great, we’re looking forward to it. So,we love ‘Our Version’ and in December it hit sales of 1 million copies sold in the UK, what are your thoughts on its commercial success?

Emeli: It was very unexpected. I made an album that I loved but you never know how people are gonna react, so I’m very happy. I think a lot of it was word of mouth, you know friends telling friends which has been great(laughs).

TGJ: There’s been so much talk regarding your new album. When can we expect it? What can we expect in the way of sound? Producers?
Emeli: I really don’t know yet. At the moment I’m still kind of touring and I’m trying to fit in different times for me to write, but as of now I’m not really sure about it, but I’m excited about it.
TGJ: You’re one of the only UK acts that can boast of having a ‘mega selling’ album and smash hit singles, why do you think this?
Emeli: I’m not sure. You know, there’ve been a lot of artists that have been successful and who’ve done amazing numbers like Ed Sheeran and Adele, and If I’m being honest that’s down to them putting out songs that really mean something in people’s lives. It’s not flashy, it’s just life and I think that’s what made people connect.
TGJ: Right. So, The Brits are in a week’s time and you’re up for multiple what would winning t mean for you?
Emeli: Oh my gosh, winning a Brit would mean be amazing. I mean, winning Critics Choice last year was great but I hadn’t really proved myself yet but coming back this year- with the album being out- winning one would mean so much. It would be the best night of my life (laughs).
TGJ: As successful as you’ve been, very little is known or discussed about your private life. What inspired this decision and do you find it difficult given the social media age we’re in today?
Emeli: Right. You know I think it’s important for me to be able to come home and keep my sanity outside of everything  else. I think it’s important for every artist to be able to do that, which is why I’ve kept some part of my life private.
TGJ: You’ve enjoyed so much acclaim in the UK, how much pressure is there to match this in the US?
Emelie: Thank you.  I mean I’d love to match the success all around the world and it’s great because the album’s started to do really well in Europe. I’ve been doing a lot of shows and letting things happen naturally so I think everything will fall into place.
TGJ: As successful as the One Directions have been, it’s often quite difficult for UK acts to break in the US. Why do you think that is?
Emeli:I think it’s a combination of things. You really can’t go over there for a month or two you know, you really have to invest a huge chunk of your life to make it happen- you know to try and break it. Also, our music can be very specific and sometimes things that work in Europe don’t work elsewhere- you know there are so many different reasons. I think if you put out great music and your patient and willing to put the work in, it’ll work out.
TGJ: Speaking of the US, everyone over there is buzzing over Beyonce’s half-time show. What did you think?
Emeli: Yes! I loved it! I was in San Francisco and I just thought it was amazing and the best part about it was that she was singing live the whole way through. I loved it. She’s amazing. I’d actually love to write for her.
TGJ: We’d love to hear that. Moving on, many were surprised to see you perform three times at last year’s Olympics Ceremony in London, how did that come about?
Emeli:I was so honored to be asked. It was great to represent the country and when the opportunity came around I couldn’t turn it down. It was actually one of the highlights of my last year.
TGJ: You’re performing at the ChapStick sessions tonight. In an era of auto-tune, why is live performing so important to you?
Emeli: Live performances are important because it defines an artist. If you can really move somebody live it’s amazing because in that moment you express yourself and really help people, which to me is the whole point of music.
TGJ: And finally, what else does 2013 have in store for you?
I’m starting to write again which I’m really excited about, and of course there’s the BRITs so yeah, I hope to have a really fun and fast 2013.
TGJ: Emeli, thanks for speaking with us and good luck tonight.
Emeli: Thanks! Bye!

Hello everyone, so today we noticed that Emeli’s debut album ‘Our Version of Events’ turns 1 year old!Congrats Emeli on such a success debut album, the album has stayed in the top 10 on UK iTunes for a whole year! We can’t wait for many of your future albums to copy this success!

Read The Official Charts Companies official statement below:


Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events (4) celebrates its first birthday today with a full year inside the Top 10. The album was released on 10 February 2012, shortly after Emeli was announced as the BRITs Critics Choice winner. Our Version Of Events broke through the one million sales barrier in December, and has gone on to sell a cool 1.5 million copies here in the UK. Emeli Sande currently still holds the Official Chart record for the solo artist with the highest number of consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 with their debut album.

Last night Clive Davis held his annual Pre-Grammy Gala to celebrate a new yea in music. Emeli was among many stars at the event. Emeli even posted a photo of her meeting Jennifer Hudson.

Check out photos from Emeli’s performance below. Photos of her arrival on the red carpet will be uploaded when they are released.

View the thumbnails below and visit the gallery to see them in full by clicking here.

(Note) Emeli will be attending the Grammys tonight, but will NOT be performing this year.

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 A few nights ago Emeli finished off her US tour in California at the El Rey Theater. We have videos from her concert that have been uploaded to Youtube. Click the link to the video you want to see below.

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Our Version Of Events
Our Version of Events is the debut studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. The album was released on 13 February 2012 by Virgin Records, following Sandé's winning of the Critic's Choice Award at the BRIT Awards 2012. Though Our Version of Events is her first release, Sandé has been active in the industry since 2009, most notable appearing on singles by Chipmunk ("Diamond Rings") and Wiley ("Never Be Your Woman"). The album features R&B, soul and pop music. Sandé began working on the album when she was eleven years old.

"Free" is a song by the British quartet Rudimental featuring vocals from English-born Scottish recording artist and songwriter Emeli Sandé. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2013 as the sixth single from their debut studio album, Home (2013). Another version of the single also features American rapper Nas.

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