Yes She is BACK and we are so glad the Return of the Amazing, Sexy, Sultry and Ultra Fine SADE Ladies and Gentlemen. As the weather breaks and we head for the Concert Season SADE has got to be one of the hottest tickets in years. Lets just feel the music while we take a trip through the mind and soul of SADE…
|Birth name||Helen Folasade Adu|
|Born||16 January 1959 (age 52)
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
|Genres||Smooth jazz, soul, jazz, R&B, quiet storm, soft rock, adult contemporary|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, record producer|
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE (born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade, is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the popular Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.
Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means honor confers your crown. Her parents, Bisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria. Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old  Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. When Sade was 11, she moved to Holland-on-Sea to live with her mother, and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
While at college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals. Her solo performances of the song Smooth Operator attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her. Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums. Their debut album Diamond Life was in 1984. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history, having sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization‘s Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, “By Your Side”, for the album and was billed as a co-producer.
In 2002, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to popular music. Prior to the release of Soldier of Love in 2010, the Daily Mail described her as “famously reclusive”.
- For more details on this topic, see Discography of Sade
- Absolute Beginners OST (Virgin, 1986)
- ^ Holden, Stephen (27 November 1985). “The pop life; Sade’s 2nd album, a refined fusion”. The New York Times. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i Sandall, Robert (31 January 2010). “Sade emerges from her country retreat”. The Sunday Times. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
- ^ Meaning of Folasade in Nigerian.name
- ^ . http://www.sade.com/gb/biography.html.
- ^ Jessica Berer (May 1985). Sade. Spin. pp. 12. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- ^ http://www.sade-usa.com/home.html Sade.Usa.com
- ^ New Year’s Honours List — United Kingdom – Official announcement in The London Gazette, 31 December 2001, Supplement No.1 S9
- ^ Georgina Littlejohn (2010-03-13). “Sade displays her youthful looks as she dresses down after her glamorous magazine cover hits the shelves”. Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
 External links
- Official website
- Sade discography at MusicBrainz
- Sade at the Internet Movie Database
- Sade at Allmusic
Sade (pronounced /ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY) are an English R&B band that formed in 1983. The band’s music features elements of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and soft rock. The band is named after their British Nigerian lead vocalist, Sade Adu.
Sade’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist. Sade’s US certified sales so far stands at 23.5 million units according to RIAA, and has sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date.
Sade were formed in 1982, when members of a Latin soul band Pride — Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, and Paul Spencer Denman — together with Paul Anthony Cook formed a break-away group and began to write their own material. In 1983, Andrew Hale joined the band, though Cook left in 1984. Sade, named after their lead singer, made their debut in December 1982 at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London, in support of Pride. In May 1983, the band performed their first US show at Danceteria Club in New York City. Sade received more attention from the media and record companies than Pride and finally separated. On 18 October 1983, the band signed with Portrait Records. All Sade albums were released through this label until it was absorbed by its parent label Epic Records in 1986.
On 25 February 1984, Sade released their first UK single “Your Love Is King“. Their debut album Diamond Life was released on 28 July 1984 in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #2 and was later certified 4x Platinum by the BPI. The band embarked on their first major UK tour, augmented by Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Terry Bailey (trumpet) and Gordon Matthewman (trombone). On 8 December 1984, the band released their first U.S. single “Hang on to Your Love“, with the Diamond Life album following on 23 February 1985. Also in 1985, Sade won a BPI “Brit Award” for “Best Album”. A third single, “Smooth Operator“, was released from the album with a video directed by Julian Temple. It was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards—”Best Female Video” and “Best New Artist“. On 13 July 1985, Sade performed at the Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London. Sade Adu became the only African-born artist to appear in front of the live audience of 75,000, and an estimated worldwide television audience of 1.4 billion in 170 countries.
On 16 November, 1985, Sade released their second album Promise in the United Kingdom (released in the US on 21 December 1985). The album peaked at no.1 in the UK and has been certified double Platinum by the BPI. In 1986, Sade Adu was nominated for an American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist and won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In late 1985, Sade went on their first world tour to promote Promise. Augmenting the band were Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Gordon Matthewman (trumpet), Jake Jacas (trombone & backing vocals), Leroy Osbourne (vocals) and Gordon Hunte (guitar). On 28 June 1986, the band performed at the Artists Against Apartheid Concert in the Freedom Festival on Clapham Common in London. In 1987, the band were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Promise.
On 14 May 1988, Sade released their third album Stronger Than Pride in the United Kingdom (released in the US on 4 June 1988). The album peaked at number 3 in the UK and has been certified Platinum by the BPI. It was preceded by the single “Paradise” which made the UK top 30 (and top 20 in the US). The band toured across the world again, augmented by Blair Cunningham (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), James McMillan (trumpet) and Jake Jacas (trombone & vocals).
In 1989, Sade Adu was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B FemalArtist.
Sade released their fourth album Love Deluxe on 11 November 1992 in the U.K. and November 21 in the US. The album peaked at number 3 on the US Album charts and was certified Quadruple-Platinum (4x), but stalled at no.6 on the UK charts before being certified Gold by the BPI.
In 1993, the band recorded a cover of the Percy Mayfield song “Please Send Me Someone to Love” for the Academy Award winning film Philadelphia, before launching their Love Deluxe world tour. Joining the band were Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), Trevor Murrell (drums), Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion) and Rick Braun (trumpet).
The 1994 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group was awarded to Sade for “No Ordinary Love“, featured in the 1993 film Indecent Proposal. In November, the group released their first compilation album, The Best of Sade. The album hit shelves on 12 November in the UK and on 26 November 1994 in the US, where it peaked at number 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart and was certified Quadruple-Platinum.
In 1996, Hale, Denman, and Matthewman formed their own band as a side project, Sweetback, and released their self-titled first album.
In October 2000 Sade famously came out of retirement to perform at the prestigious MOBO Awards. Her appearance at the MOBO Awards ceremony was her first live performance since the early nineties and started a wave of speculation that a possible Sade comeback was in the cards. On 13 November 2000, Sade released their fifth studio album Lovers Rock in the United Kingdom (released the day after in the US). Their first album in eight years, Lovers Rock peaked at number 18 in the UK (their only studio album not to make the top 10) though was certified Gold by the BPI. It fared better in the US, peaking at number 3. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002.
The band toured the US throughout 2001. The tour resulted in a live album, Lovers Live, which was released in the UK and US in February 2002.
In 2005, the band contributed the track “Mum” to the Voices for Darfur DVD.
Following the release of the “Soldier of Love” single on 8 December 2009, the track debuted at number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart, making it the highest debut of the decade and the third highest all-time on the Urban Hot AC chart. “Soldier of Love” also debuted at number 5 on the Smooth Jazz airplay chart while also becoming the first ever vocal to hit number 1 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown.
After moving 502,000 copies, the album topped the Billboard 200 chart during its debut week. The album is the band’s first number 1 album since the 1986 Promise, which was number 1 on the Billboard charts for two consecutive weeks. The group released the second single from the album, “Babyfather“, in April 2010, followed by a video in May.
On 13 April 2010, the band performed “Babyfather” and “The Sweetest Taboo” on US’ Dancing With The Stars. In September 2010, the group announced the first dates of their global tour to begin in April 2011.
On VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Sade ranked at 50.
- Sade Adu – vocals, lyricist, songwriter
- Stuart Colin Matthewman – guitar, sax, songwriter
- Paul Spencer Denman – bass, songwriter
- Andrew Hale – keyboards, songwriter
 Video / Live performances
- 1993: Life Promise Pride Love
- 1994: Live Concert Home Video
- 2002: Lovers Live
- 2011: “The Ultimate Collection DVD Videos”
 Music videos
 Awards and nominations
- ^ “Top Selling Artists”. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- ^ “Sade Announces First Tour in Eight Years”. VH1. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
- ^ “RIAA – Gold & Platinum”. RIAA. 9 November 1994. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
- ^ “Chart Stats – Sade – Love Deluxe”. Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- ^ “BPI Certified Awards”. BPI. 1 June 1993. Retrieved 2008-05-31.[dead link]
- ^ “The Best Of Sade: Charts”. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-03-31.
- ^ “RIAA – Gold & Platinum”. RIAA. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- ^ Vibe.com article “Sade to debut new single Tuesday”
- ^ Sade web site news
- ^ News-relesaes at prnewsire.com
- ^ “Upcoming Shows / Past Shows at Sade web site
- ^ The Greatest: Ep. 214 “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”
 External links