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Overview (4)

Born in Ibadan, Nigeria
Birth NameHelen Folasade Adu
Nicknames The Lady
Shard
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sade was born on January 16, 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria as Helen Folasade Adu. She is an actress and composer, known for A Wrinkle in Time (2018), True Lies (1994) and Sea of Love (1989). She was previously married to Carlos Scola.

Family (1)

Spouse Carlos Scola (11 February 1989 - 1995)  (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Deep husky vocals
Hoop earrings and a long, tight ponytail
Often wears red lipstick
Usually performs barefoot

Trivia (16)

Daughter Mickalia "Ila" Adu was born on July 21, 1996. Father is producer Bob Morgan.
Her father, Adebisi Adu, is Nigerian, and her mother, Anne Hayes, is British.
Is the lead singer of the pop group Sade which is of course her own name.
Her bandmates are Stuart Matthewmann, Andrew Hale and Paul Denham.
She was once a backup singer in a British pop group called Pride.
Attended and graduated from Clacton County High School in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Attended Saint Martin's School of Art in London, where she studied Fashion design.
Has sold close to 40 million albums worldwide, has had six multi-platinum albums released in 20 years and has received four Grammy Awards including Best New Artist (1985).
Her album "Diamond Life" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Album (1985).
Her name Sade is pronounced "Shah-day". Some people insert an "r" sound before the hyphen because of a misspelled publicity poster when the singer's band was being introduced to the public.
Ranked #34 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Ranked #66 on VH1's Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Has an older brother named Banji.
She moved to the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, to the countryside where she bought a run-down stone-built cottage near Stroud to renovate with her partner Ian Watts (2005).
She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2002 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to the music industry.
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Music. She is a singer, songwriter and composer in London, England.

Personal Quotes (6)

[on deciding to tour] If I'd really thought in depth about making the commitment, then I might not have made it. I was sort of on the edge of the cliff, then just jumped in. I think that's the only way to do things. Otherwise, if you overthink stuff, it doesn't happen.
The magic and the mystery is in the music itself. Knowing too much about someone can take away your attention from what they really do. Then people become celebrities rather than artists, and it's easy to step over that boundary and let yourself go.
[on connecting with audiences] I haven't got in the way of the music, which is actually owned by the person who takes it into their life. It's their music then. It's not me singing to them. It's their own soundscape, their own soundtrack to their lives.
When you go into the studio you've got to be really brave and not think about the end result, but just think in the moment, doing something that you think is right. Feeling it rather than thinking about it. And it's either going to work or it's not. If it doesn't, you don't beat yourself up for making the wrong decisions, because you felt it was right in your heart.
[on possibly marrying again] There's lots of regrets about time wasted and all those mistakes in the past. But there's something lovely about knowing that when it's right, you really know it's right because you've already been through all the wrong.
[on Live Aid (1985)] Bob Geldof is fantastic to have pulled this off. It must be the biggest achievement ever.

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