|Emeli Sande King Tuts 2010|
is nominated for several Brit Awards tonight- Best Female, Best Album, Best
Single, Break through Act - http://www.brits.co.uk/ Good Luck Emeli!
Her debut album ‘Our
Version Of Events’ became the UK’s biggest
selling debut album of 2012 and she sang at the Olympic Opening ceremonies in London July 2012. She also found the time to get married in 2012, its been quite a year for her!
won Best British Female 2013.
says after winning Mastercard Album of the Year Award 2013 ' I'm an unlikely
Popstar' - she is such a genuine person : )
I have been
following Emeli since her Oran Mor gig here in Glasgow December 2007. I got come nice shots there that were used
for her promotions in the following years. I first
took shots of Emeli at the Oran
Mor 2007 and she was attracting attention then for her big soul voice. Since
then she has had several chart hit singles.
|Emeli Sande Oran Mor 2012|
I met her
at her sound check King Tuts back in 2010, and was pleased she gave me time to
discuss her music. She said then she hoped to do edgy or rockier soul pop and
was influenced by American soul artists such as Nina Simone. Emeli described
her sound as 'soul with a rockier edge.' She told me her musical influences
came from a diverse range of artists such as rock bands Massive Attack and
Portishead, as well as from folk singer songwriters such as Joni Mitchell. I thought then that Emeli had substance and
heart and a big future ahead of her. I enjoyed the positive messages of her
songs which compare well to some of the rather raunchy or even questionable
lyrics of many pop songs out there. Sande sings of Wonder, Next to Me and My Kind of Love.
piano and clarinet, and sang in the school choir (where her Zambian father was
a music teacher). She was born in Sunderland
and moved to Alford Aberdeenshire when she was four. She was previously a
student at Glasgow Medical school. After attaining her inter-collated degree,
she decided to pursue her dream in music and signed a publishing deal in 2009.
Since then she has written with artists in London
over the past few years, and has co-written songs with well known American soul
singer Alicia Keys.
|Emeli Sande Oran Mor 2007|
I first saw
Emeli perform at her CD launch Oran Mor in 2007 and back then her influences
were mainly soul, and singer songwriters such a singer Nina Simone. Her new
songs for her debut album our Version of Events had more character and rhythm,
structure and vibe around them and a broader range of influences.
ways it seems unbelievable to me her successes this past year and her singing
Abide With Me at the Olympic ceremonies in London
|Royal Albert Hall|
highlight was my trip to see her live at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2012
– one of the most incredible experiences for me and a day I will never forget. I will always remember ascending the narrow
steps right into the venue where the lights shimmered above us and the anticipation
of the concert was palpable…
Emeli said she missed the intense studying in the university library then at King Tuts, but I expect now that she is glad and proud of her decision to move to London in 2009 and pursue her music career! Thank you Emeli for signing some of my prints.
When I got
the email to say I would have a pass for the Albert hall concert it is hard to describe the
feelings. I put myself out there and it can be scary – sometimes I hear
nothing… I guess it is best to try then not try at all! And thank you Emeli for all the exciting concerts, for hearing your voice and wonderful songs live at the intimacy of the Oran Mor
in 2011, and for the overwhelming Albert hall stage concert. Memories to treasure. I can only imagine what 2012 has meant for you
: ). http://www.emelisande.com/
|Olympic Torch Relay Glasgow July 2012|
| Emeli Sande Albert Hall November 2012|
Emeli Sande says – we don’t express ourselves in music but rather that the music expresses us.