Sade Adu was born the daughter of Nigerian Bisi Adu and the Briton Anne Hayes in Nigeria. After the separation of their parents, they came at the age of four years with her mother and her older brother Banji to Colchester. She studied fashion design and worked in London as a model before she joined the music business in 1980. First they sang at the Arriva group, followed by two years at Pride. There she met the saxophonist Stuart Matthewman, with whom she composed some pieces. In 1987 she had a role in the film Absolute Beginners and sang the song is killer blow. From 1989 to 1994 she was married to the Spanish film producers Carlos Scola, then they lived together with Jamaican producer Bob Morgan. On 21 July 1996 was her daughter Ila was born.
Founded in 1983
Genre Soul, Jazz, Easy Listening
Singing Sade Adu
Guitar, saxophone Stuart Matthewman
Bass Paul Spencer Denman
Keyboard Andrew Hale
Important former members
Drummer Paul Anthony Cook (to 1984)
Is often wrongly assumed that it is a solo artist Sade. Sade Adu does however with three other musicians since 1984 in itself to line-up. 1984 he was awarded the band a recording contract with Epic Records celebrated the mid-1980s, with their soul and jazz-inspired pop music with great success. Also in 1984 they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1985 at Live Aid. From her debut album Diamond Life sold over six million copies, 1985, the band won their first Grammy. In 1994, the band another Grammy for the song No Ordinary Love, which is also in the soundtrack to the movie Indecent Proposal. After several years break, the band released in 2000 by then her last studio album, Lovers Rock and adopted in 2001 a tour of the USA. The following year (2002) appeared in the recordings of this tour so far the only live album Lovers Live. In 2005, Sade on the project Voices for Darfur the song Mum.
After a long pause, she went back in early 2010 with the single Soldier of Love, which was very successful, especially in North America. On 5 February 2010 was released the same album, which was among others in Italy, France, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, the United States and some other countries to number 1.