The venue is Sacramento, on a weekday night. Am I crazy or going through teen hood again? Sade and John Legend are playing in Sacramento at the Power Balance Pavilion, more affectionately known as the old ARCO Arena in north Sacramento.
Sade was born Jan. 16, 1959, as Helen Folasade Adu before she became a famous British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. Sade was actually born in Nigeria, and her middle name of Folasade means “honor confers your crown.” Her parents met in London, married in 1955, and moved to Nigeria. Her mother, Anne Hayes brought her back to London when Sade was four to live with her parents.
Sade needs some shoes, Jimmy Choo!
She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and joined a soul band, Pride, singing backup. Her solo “Smooth Operator” attracted attention, upon which she signed a contract with Epic. Her debut album in 1984 was titled Diamond Life. Since then, she has become the most successful female British artist in history with over 110 million albums sold worldwide. She won the 1986 Grammy for Best New Artist. In 2002, she was named Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist by the American Music Awards. She has won a total of four Grammies, including her latest in 2011 for Babyfather and Soldier of Love.
She was married for six years (1989-1995) to a Spanish film director, Carlos Pliego. She has a daughter, born in 1996 from a Jamaican musician. She now lives in Stroud, UK with a partner, Ian, and his son, and her daughter. She keeps her private life just that.
Diamond Life 1984
Stronger Than Pride 1988
Love Deluxe 1992
Lovers Rock 2000
Soldier of Love 2010
Remix Deluxe 1992
The Best of Sade 1994
Lovers Live 200
The Ultimate Collection 2011
Appearing with the fabulous Sade is another legend by the name of John Roger Stephens. His better known stage name is John Legend. Born on October 28, 1978, he is an American recording star, musician and actor. He was won nine Grammies and in 2007, received the Starlight award from the American Songwriters Hall of Fame. Before his debut albums, he was involved in numerous collaborations with artists like Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lauren Hill.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, he is the son of a seamstress and a factory worker. He was home schooled, but started learning the piano at the age of four. At seven, he performed with his church choir. Though his parents divorced at the age of ten, he was the salutatorian from high school. He was offered scholarships to places like Harvard, but chose the University of Pennsylvania. While in college, he started The Counterparts, a jazz and a capella group. He was hired by Lauryn Hill to play the piano on “Everything Is Everything” in her album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
After he finished college, he began producing, writing and recording his own music. He released two independent albums in 2000 and 2001 that he sold at his shows. He started working as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. His break came in 2001 when Devo Springsteen introduced him to Kanye West. After signing to West’s label, he chose his nickname due to his “old school sound.”
His debut album in 2004 was Get Lifted, which debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200. It sold 2.1 million in the US and became platinum. Two of his singles went to number one, while reaching over 3 million albums worldwide. HIs second album, released in 2006, contains collaboration of West, Raphael Saadiq, and will.i.am. Success followed with Once Again in 2006, when he also appeared on Sesame Street. In 2008, he released Evolver. In 2010, he released Wake Up! in collaboration with the Roots. Recently in February 2011, he won three Grammy Awards.
The current tour with Sade is a 50 date tour, where he serves as a guest for the British Soul band, Sade. The list of collaborations is impressive, and includes: Sergio Mendes, The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, U2, Pink, Herbie Hancock, and Kanye West. He has also appeared on numerous television shows, including the Grammies, and the Super Bowl. I think it is time to hear him in concert.