The name of UK pop/R&B singer Emili Sandé might not yet familiar to most Americans, but if current charting trends are any indication, this fact may very well change in the next few months. As Billboard reports, Sandé’s debut album Our Version Of Events (released January 2012) is currently within 6000 units of surpassing Adele’s 21 as the top selling album in the UK in 2012.
Raised in Scotland, the half-English, half-Zambian Sandé’s early successes in the UK music scene have come primarily as a songwriter for other artists such as Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole and Chipmunk, although as an artist she has had the interest of major labels pretty much since the beginning. Early comparisons have already been made to UK divas Adele and Leona Lewis, for different reasons. Sandé’s voice and performance sounds more similar to the latter than to the former, which is to be expected considering that she has actually written songs for Lewis.
As to the Adele comparisons (other than the record sales)—well, there’s another, more interesting connection there. Emili is actually Sandé’s middle name. Her first name? Adele. To keep from causing confusion, Sandé smartly began going by “Emili” when Adele first started making a splash in the music scene.
Comparisons aside, Emili Sandé has a triple-threat combination of songwriting skills, great performance ability and a near-flawless voice that is captivating the attention of British fans. Our Version Of Events has hit Number 1 on the UK sales charts for five non-consecutive weeks so far, and Sandé performed for both opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games a few weeks ago. As she continues to grow in popularity (and with several tour dates scheduled in the States this fall), the rising star of Emile Sandé may be visible “across the pond” in the not-too-distant future.