By mixing elements
of soul, pop, jazz and R&B, Sade and her band have sold 50 million
records worldwide since their Diamond Life album debut in 1984. The
long-awaited 6th studio album Soldier Of Love was released 8.
February 2010 on Epic Records, and in 2011 Sade will play live
concerts in Europe, US, Canada, South America and Australia.
Helen Folasade Adu
in Ibadan, Nigeria and raised in Colchester, Essex, where she moved at 4 after
her English mother separated from her Nigerian father, she's spent her life
trying to do what feels right, honest and true. Because by comparison nothing
else has seemed as important. When she was growing up, Sade would listen to
soul artists like Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. Singers
uniquely attuned to the complex sensibilities of heartache and hope, who were
skilled enough to create from those feelings, something lasting and
transcendent. Still she didn't think about singing herself. Rather, she
studied fashion at St Martin's art college, only signing on as vocalist when a couple
of old school friends started a band "until they found a proper singer". From
there to singing with early Eighties Latin funk collective Pride, she
discovered a rare delight in songwriting. It was while she was with that group, that Sade
co-wrote 'Smooth Operator' , and it was from there that Sade abandoned
diffidence and finally stepped centre stage to form her own group with fellow
Pride members Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman.
In 1984 their first single 'Your Love Is King' became a top ten hit. And quite
abruptly Sade herself became an icon. If during the Eighties, she seemed to
embody newly discovered values of aspiration and elegance, there was, and
remains, something more fundamental to account for Sade's popularity.
Her music has a resilience that belies its apparent softness. It stays in the heart and
in the head long after the last notes have fallen silent, in the same way that
the embers of a love affair never truly go cold. That's why, just a year after
the first single, she became one of the few recording artists ever to appear on
the cover of Time magazine. Because from the very beginning her music
transcended the pop moment.
Indeed, with the release in 1984 of her debut 'Diamond Life', Sade was speaking
to a global audience. Featuring hit singles 'Your Love Is King', 'Smooth
Operator' and 'Hang On To Your Love' , the album spent 98 weeks on the UK
charts and 81 weeks on the Billboard charts. Sade received a BPI award for Best Album
and a Grammy for Best New Artist. After 'Diamond Life' came 1985's 'Promise',
the rich, evocative second album that yielded hits such as 'Is It A Crime' and
'The Sweetest Taboo', which has become one of the most played songs in radio
history. Like it's predecessor, this too was an international multi-platinum
Three years later, she reconvened the group to
record 'Stronger Than Pride', the 1988 hit album
which produced memorable singles like 'Paradise',
'Love Is Stronger Than Pride' and 'Nothing Can Come
Between Us'. In the album's wake came a
pan-continental tour across Europe, Australia and
Japan that included Sade's first full-scale arena
tour of America.
Throughout their history, the group have always attracted a diverse,
multi-racial audience who are drawn by the band's open-minded
approach to music. Sade have created dance floor classics, songs for
film soundtracks, radio favourites and late night love anthems, at
the same time refusing to be classified simply as a pop group, an
r&b act,a soul band or anything else as one-dimensional.
Instead, like the multi-cultural London streets the
group hails from, their music has thrived by
embracing diversity as a guiding principle.
In 1992, Sade released 'Love Deluxe', a bold, emotionally honest album that won
huge critical and commercial acclaim. In America it spent 90 weeks on the
Billboard charts. The single' No Ordinary Love' was featured in
the Robert Redford movie Indecent Proposal.
In 1994 came the 16 track 'Best Of
Eight years later, in November 2000, 'Lovers Rock' was released. Stripped down and subtle, it is a
deceptively simple record that showcases Sade's talent as a writer
of songs that bear a hallmark of enduring refinement. From the
spare, acoustic 'Sweetest Gift' to the poignant 'All About Our Love'
and the moving 'Slave Song',
this is an album of warmth and
intimacy and sensitivity. In other words, a quite typical Sade album,
although the use of more acoustic guitars and the stripped down
production now gives an overall downtempo pop feel rather than the
usual soul/jazz lounge feeling.
Lover's Rock release in 2000, all
four earlier studio albums, plus the Best Of album have been remastered. The tracklistings and running orders are the same as the existing albums,
- there are no bonus tracks! The booklet artwork has been restored to match the original album
"Lovers Live" was released 18. February 2002 and is available on CD, DVD and VHS. "Lovers Live" was filmed
on the nine-week US tour that was extended over the summer of 2001 due to
popular demand. The DVD includes concert footage, exclusive behind the scenes
action and more.
The 6th and latest studio album "Soldier Of Love" was released
8. February 2010. It was recorded at Peter Gabrielís Real World
studio and once again with the old team of Stuart Matthewman, Paul
Denman and Andrew Hale. The title song is definitely the best track
on the album but also the least Sade-like, Ė with its metallic,
shiny martial beat not far from trip-hop territory, itís the
toughest-sounding thing Sade has ever done. The rest of the songs
are quite typical Sade, although the downtempo R&B production is
closer to Lover's Rock than the previous four first albums.
The Ultimate Collection was released on 9. May 2011. The
double disk set contains 29
tracks including 2 remixes and 3 new songs "I Would Never Have Guessed",
"Love Is Found" and a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Still In Love With
In 2018 Sade wrote and performed "Flower of the
Universe" which appears on the Disney soundtrack to DuVernay's
adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 children's science-fiction
novel by Madeleine L'Engle. The track is classic Sade and was
produced by Grammy-winning No I.D.