Spotlight: Sade Adu

One of the most iconic vocalists of our time, Sade has captivated listeners with her sultry voice and awe inspiring style. One of the most successful British female artists in history, Sade has influenced a culture with a uniqueness all her own. The impact that albums like “Stronger than Pride” and “Love Deluxe” had on us was euphoric. One of Sade’s biggest hits was “No Ordinary Love” which many may remember from the 1993 film “Indecent Proposal” starring Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore. From the beginning Sade was destined for stardom. Born January 16th 1959, Helen Folasade Adu gained attention as a model and fashion designer before joining the band Pride in the early 80’s. Her first record contract was signed in 1983 and Epic was the label. Diamond Life was her first release and spawned classic singles like “Smooth Operator” and “Your Love is King”. From there the momentum never stopped. The album “Promise” was her second album and gave us one of her biggest records to date. “The Sweetest Taboo” was pushed as the single and would eventually sell 4 million copies and become certified platinum by the RIAA. Her music was more popular than ever and most radio stations around the world began placing her older releases back in constant rotation. Her 5th album “Lovers Rock” gave us the single “By Your Side” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2002 for best female pop performance.

I often remember the first time I listened to Bullet Proof Soul and heard sounds and instruments for the first time. Or at least that’s how it felt. Sade has that effect on the listener. There is a serene, sort of melancholy energy that surrounds you and makes you feel like even though the pain is unavoidable there can be a certain peace in embracing the emotional aspect of life. Cherish the Day is a soulful ode to a love that will never stray. The smooth jazz laden drums and the seduction of the baseline on this song do everything for the ambiance of what Sade Adu exudes on her most revealing records. Is it a crime to captivate our souls with such a beautiful voice? “Is It a Crime” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Sade has been compared to legendary artists like Billie Holiday. She has inspired the likes of Kanye West and motivated Beyonce’. With a career spanning almost 40 years her music is powerful and legendary. Her music continues to stand the test of time and she will forever remain one of a kind. Providing all of us with a Diamond Life.

Tyshawn Smith

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