R&B Singer

Sade is a Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter, best known for her work as the lead vocalist of the English band Sade. She has enjoyed a successful solo career since 1985, releasing multiple albums that have sold over 50 million copies worldwide. Her unique blend of soul and R&B has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1986.

Full Name
Jan 16, 1959
Net Worth


Sade Adu, known professionally as Sade, is a Nigerian-born British singer, songwriter and actress. She was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria to Adebisi Adu and Anne Hayes. Her family moved to London when she was four years old. As a young adult, she attended Dunraven School and studied fashion design at Saint Martin's School of Art.

In 1983, Sade formed the band Pride with some friends from college. The group released their debut album Diamond Life in 1984, which became an international success. The album featured hit singles such as "Smooth Operator", "Your Love Is King" and "Hang On To Your Love". The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and earned her two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her single “Smooth Operator”.

In 1985, Pride released their second album Promise which included popular hits like "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Is It a Crime". The band released two more albums before disbanding in 1989. In 1992, Sade embarked on her solo career with her fourth studio album Love Deluxe which spawned the hits "No Ordinary Love" and "Kiss of Life". In 2000, she released her fifth studio album Lovers Rock which featured the hit single "By Your Side". Since then she has gone on to release three more successful studio albums: Soldier of Love (2010), Bring Me Home (2011) and The Ultimate Collection (2012).

Sade has been nominated for numerous awards throughout her career including 12 Grammy nominations. She has also won multiple American Music Awards, Brit Awards and NAACP Image Awards among others. Throughout her career she has sold over 50 million albums worldwide making her one of the best-selling female artists of all time.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Sade Adu is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 16, 1959, Sade Adu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to London</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Moves to London with her mother and enrolls in the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Forms Band Pride</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Forms the band Pride with her college friends. The band performs funk and jazz covers for local clubs.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1982</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs Record Deal with Epic Records</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Signed a record deal with Epic Records and releases her debut album Diamond Life.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1985</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Prominent Single "Smooth Operator"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases the single "Smooth Operator" off her second studio album, Promise. It becomes one of her signature songs.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Grammy Award for Best New Artist</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins a Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2011</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Comeback Album "Soldier of Love" </h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases Soldier of Love, her first album in ten years. The album earned her three Grammy Award nominations.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> Her Music is Timeless</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sade's music is timeless. She has been making music since the 1980s and her songs still resonate with people today. Sade has a unique style that blends elements of R&B, jazz, soul, and pop to create a sound that is all her own. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She is an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sade is an inspiration to many. She has had a long successful career despite the ups and downs of fame and fortune. Sade has remained grounded in her values, displaying humility and grace throughout it all. </p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> Her Lyrics are Deeply Moving</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Sade's lyrics are deeply moving and often speaks to the depths of our emotions. Whether she is singing about love, loss, or heartache, her words always cut through to the core of a listener's experience.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Nigerian Singer to be Signed to a Major Label</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Sade was the first Nigerian singer to be signed to a major label when she signed with Epic Records in 1983.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Started Her Career as a Model</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming a singer, Sade started her career as a model and had some success appearing on magazine covers in the UK.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Was an Opening Act for Other Acts</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1982, Sade opened up for other acts such as Culture Club, Wham!, and Grace Jones.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has Won 5 Grammy Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Sade has won five Grammy Awards throughout her career including one for Best New Artist in 1986.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Was Nominated for an Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1987, Sade was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Smooth Operator" from the movie Absolute Beginners.</p></div>


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