Born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins on May 5, 1988 in Enfield, North London. She came from a non-musical, but supportive family. She knew it was her destiny to be a singer. “As soon as I got a microphone in my hand, when I was about 14, I realised I wanted to do this,” she later recalled. “Most people don’t like the way their voice sounds when it’s recorded. I was just so excited by the whole thing that I wasn’t bothered what it sounded like.”
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After graduating from BRIT school (that had also graduated famous names like Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash and Leona Lewis), in May 2006, Adele toured around with affiliates Jamie T, Jack Penate, and Davendra Banhart. Through Jamie T’s indie label, Pacemaker Records, she released an album called “Hometown Glory”. By this time, Adele was already a commodity for music executives that many have tried to sign a contract with her. It was XL Recordings that finally met the line.
Adele released her debut album,”19” in U.K. through the label in January 2008. The LP went straight to number one on U.K. Albums chart, thanks to the popularity of its lead single “Chasing Pavements” that also received a unique music video. The album was then prepared for U.S. market with the release date set on June 10, 2008.
In 2009, she was nominated for four Grammys and won two of them: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Two years later, she dropped a second album “21”on January 19 in the U.K. “I’m very excited, nervous, eager, anxious but chuffed to announce my new album! It’s taken a while and it knocked me for six when writing it,” she said of the new release. “It’s different from ’19’, it’s about the same things but in a different light. I deal with things differently now. I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles. Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly this record is called ’21’. The whole reason I called my first album ’19’ was about cataloguing what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years.”
“21” then became Adele’s biggest album to date. It ruled the Billboard Hot 200 chart for multiple weeks and earned the singer a total of six Grammys at the 2012 Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year. It additionally spawned several hit singles that dominated Billboard Hot 100, including “Someone Like You”, “Rolling in the Deep”, “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Turning Tables”.
Later that year, Adele confirmed that she’d written “Skyfall” for the 23rd James Bond movie of the same title. The song went on to become another hit for the singer, debuting at No. 8 on Hot 100 and being nominated for several prestigious awards. It won the Best Original Song trophies at both the 2013 Golden Globe Award and the 2013 Oscars.
In October 2015, Adele’s fans finally got the first taste of the album, which was eventually announced as “25”. A snippet of the first single “Hello” was premiered during a commercial break on U.K.’s “The X-Factor”. The song was released in full a few days later, along with its music video. It became the fastest selling album of 2015 in just one week.
Adele Backing Tracks: Chasing Pavements… Hello… Hometown Glory… Rolling In The Deep… Skyfall… To Make You Feel My Love…