Emeli Sande's debut album is the epic 'Our Version of Events'! It was massively successful going straight to number 1 in the UK for the first 3 weeks of it's release. Singles include Heaven, Next to Me and My Kind of Love. Emeli also performed the hymn 'Abide With Me' at the Olympic opening ceremony and she was awesome! More details below from wiki...
Sandé first appeared in the public eye when she sent a video into Trevor Nelson's BBC Urban music competition, where on the video Sandé played the piano while singing one of her favourite songs, "Nasty Little Man". It was later announced that she had won the competition and Sandé was offered a record deal. However, once she met the management to finalise the contract for the recording contract, the management decided against giving Sandé a deal.
Her parents later sent 1Xtra a CD of her songs and Ras Kwame played the songs on his "Homegrown Sessions", and four artists that year were asked to do a show in Soho in the United States. She later met Shahid Khan, who has previously worked with Ms Dynamite and Bashy. Khan said "When we started together it took the music to something completely original. It took me out of my jazz piano niche, and it took him out of his urban scene. Then we started writing for pop people."
Sandé began by writing tracks for artists such as Alesha Dixon, Chipmunk,Professor Green, Devlin, Preeya Kalidas, Cheryl Cole, and Tinie Tempah. While trying to get into the music industry she was studying Medicine at the University of Glasgow, but she decided to stopped in her fourth year. Sandé always said that her education was the most important thing to her, stating if her music career was to fail, she has her education to fall back on. Sandé said that her manager, Adrian Sykes, waited patiently since she was 16, saying "Adrian really respects that I want to get an education behind me. He also knows my parents are keen that I finish university."'
Sandé first appeared in the public eye when she provided guest vocals on Chipmunk's hit single, "Diamond Rings" which she also wrote in 2009. A year later she returned again to the public's attention when she teamed up with Wiley on his comeback single, "Never Be Your Woman", the song became Sandé second top-ten single on the UK Singles Chart. It was later announced that "Never Be Your Woman" was a trail for Sandé with EMI Records to see how well the song charted, with the success the song had, Sandé later signed a record deal with Virgin Records.
Check out Emeli talking about the album track by track below.
An estimated BILLION people from all over the world tuned in to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, and Emeli Sande got to be a feature part of it.