It has been ten years since anyone has heard from Sade Adu. Sade, pronounced (Shahr-DAY) is a woman and a band. The group was best known in the 80s and later in the 90s for “Lovers Rock.” But now, after being in seclusion, Sade has reappeared and has just released the album “Soldier of Love”.
Sade Abu was born in Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian lecturer in economics and her mother an English nurse. The couple divorced with her mother taking Sade, then 4-years-old, back to England. Sade later moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It was in college she joined the band Pride where she sang backup vocals. She was discovered when singing the solo “Smooth Operator”. Epic Records asked her to sign along with three members of her band.
The band was later renamed Sade and technically formed in 1983. The group’s debut album, Diamond Life, went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984 and sold platinum. In 1985, their third single “Smooth Operator” was released and nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards and Sade was given awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. The same year, Sade released their second album “Promise” in the United Kingdom. In 1986 Sade Abu was nominated for an American Music Award and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist. She also won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
It was in 1988 Sade released their third album “Stronger Than Pride” in the U.K., which reached No. 3. The album came out in the US the following year. It didn’t receive as much attention as the 1990 release “Love Deluxe”. This album did hit Number 3 on the US Album charts and was certified Quadruple-Platinum.
If the group wasn’t known then, they became quite known after releasing two successful singles for the films Philadelphia and Indecent Proposal. For Philadelphia they recorded the song “Please Send Me Someone To Love”. In 1994 they won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “No Ordinary Love”, the single featured in Indecent Proposal. This same year, Sade released their first compilation album “The Best of Sade”. The album peaked at Number 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart.
With the new millennium and eight years later, Sade released “Lovers Rock”. The album reached Number #3 in the US and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade also performed at the MOBO Awards ceremony for the first time since the early 90s. The band toured in the US throughout 2001.
In 2002, Sade was made a member of the Order of the British Empire, an organization dedicated to chivalry, who grants admission to both males and females.
A performer, mother, and famous recluse – Sade has now, in 2009, released “Soldier of Love”. It is Sade’s sixth album. It was released worldwide in February of 2010. The single “Soldier of Love” has already debuted Number 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart already, making it the highest debut of the decade.
When not touring, Sade continues to live in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
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