A huge hit thanks to such singles as ‘Smooth Operator,’ the record won Sade a Best New Artist Grammy, and her following multi-platinum records created Sade as a top-selling soul and pop musician.
Musician, vocalist. Born Helen Folasade Adu on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria. Raised in London by her English mother, Sade acquired several interests as a teenager, including singing, fashion design and modeling. She sang with a couple of local groups before signing with Epic Records and recording her first album, Diamond Life, in 1984. A tremendous hit in her native England, the record also had mass appeal on the other side of the pond thanks to such singles as “Smooth Operator.” In 1986, she won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Sade’s following multi-platinum records, Promise, Stronger Than Pride and Love Deluxe, created her as a top-selling soul and pop musician. She took a fresh course with her 2000 album, Lovers Rock, that was released eight years after Love Deluxe and included a more mainstream sound. The record, and especially the chart-topping single, “By Your Side,” helped her win over new audiences. A couple of years after, the record and ensuing tour inspired her first live record, Lovers Live.
Sade wed Spanish filmmaker Carlos Scola in 1989; the couple divorced three years after.