Uploaded on Jun 27, 2008
Content owner: Sony Music Entertainment Type: Audio content
birth place: Nigeria
Sade was born in Nigeria in 1959 as Helen Folasade, the daughter of a Nigerian father and a British mother. When her parents divorced, Sade moved to London with her mother. After school she worked as a fashion designer and model while performing with the jazz-funk band, Pride.
By early 1984, she was the lead singer and songwriter for the group, which took her name. Sade's soulful 1984 debut single, 'Your Love Is King', reached the Top 10 in the U.K. and Europe, and propelled her first album, 'Diamond Life', to the top of the charts in Britain and America. Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist, her debut spending over 80 weeks on the Billboard album charts.
Sade toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia and performed at the Live Aid benefit. She then withdrew from the media spotlight in Spain, until returning to recording in 1988, with 'Stronger Than Pride', another R&B hit, followed by another huge world tour.
She retired again, this time to London, where she turned her house into a recording studio. Her 1992 album, 'Love Deluxe', contained the hit, 'No Ordinary Love', which was featured on the 'Indecent Proposal' soundtrack. Yet another tour followed.
In 1997 the singer was arrested in Jamaica following a traffic dispute with local police and fled the country, threatened with arrest if she ever returns.
She followed up with another smash hit, 'Lovers Rock' in 2000, and recorded 'Lovers Live' in 2002.