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Sade Adu

Nigerian-British singer and songwriter

Sade Adu

Nigerian-British singer and songwriter
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birthday
16th
January, 1959
Birth Place
Ibadan, Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria
Birth Sign
capricorn
Biography

Helen Folasade Adu CBE (Yoruba: F l ad Ad [f l d d ]; born 16 January 1959), known professionally as Sade Adu or simply Sade ( shah-DAY), is a Nigerian-born British singer, songwriter, and actress, known as the lead singer of her eponymous band. One of the most successful British female artists in history, she is often recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Her influence on music was recognised in the UK with an award of the OBE in 2002, and a CBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and brought up partly in Essex, England, from the age of four, Sade studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London and gained modest recognition as a fashion designer and part-time model, prior to joining the band Pride in the early 1980s. After gaining attention as a performer, she formed the band Sade, and secured a recording contract with Epic Records in 1983. A year later the band released the album Diamond Life, which became one of the best-selling albums of the era, and the best-selling debut by a British female vocalist. In July 1985, Sade was among the performers at the Live Aid charity concert at Wembley Stadium, and the following year she appeared in the film Absolute Beginners. Following the band’s third and fourth albums, Stronger Than Pride (1988) and Love Deluxe (1992), they went on hiatus after the birth of Sade’s child, while the singer experienced widespread media coverage for unsubstantiated claims of mental health and addiction issues.
After a spell of eight years without an album, the band reunited in 1999, and released Lovers Rock in 2000. The album departed from the jazz-inspired inflections of their previous work, featuring mellower sounds and pop compositions. The band then underwent another hiatus, not producing music for another ten years until the release of Soldier of Love. Following that album’s release, the band entered a third period of extended hiatus, and have only released two songs (“Flower of the Universe” for the soundtrack of Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, and “The Big Unknown” as part of the soundtrack for Steve McQueen’s film Widows) to date.

instruments played
Guitar
Vocals
Alma Mater

Saint Martin's School of Art

Associated Acts

Sade (band)

Children

1

Genres

Soul smooth jazz sophisti-pop quiet storm

Net Worth

50 million (2015)

Occupation

Singer songwriter actress

Origin

Essex, England

Partners

Ian Watts (2007 present)

Spouses

Carlos Pliego (m. 1989 1995)

Website
Years Active

1982 present

Name

Sade Adu

Nationality

Nigeria, United Kingdom

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