Sade Adu has brought both the millennia and the generation before to sound with melodious rhythms from her dazzling pieces of jazz, RnB, and soul. She is a British singer and songwriter who leads the popular English band “Sade”. Sade carries a subtle yet fierce aura that has shaped her enigmatic appearance over the years. She is known for hits like “Sweetest Taboo” and “Smooth Operator”. Like most of her colleagues, Adu has a story to tell about her career. Here are some lesser known facts about the talented singer.
Sade Adu Bio, Age
Nigerian-born Sade was born Helen Folashade Adu as the daughter of her parents in the Nigerian state of Oyo, where her Nigerian father Adebisi Adu comes from. Her mother Anne Hayes was of English descent. When she was only four years old, her parents divorced and Anne took Sade to England with her brother Banji. She attended Clacton County High School before moving to London to study fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art. Sade, who has always been fond of music, became a background singer for the British band Pride while working as a fashion designer.
Soon she began to perform her own solo performances under the Pride band and attracted a lot of attention. One of her remarkable solo appearances with the band was Smooth Operator, who attracted the attention of the musical actors. Sade, who had become very popular, split from Pride along with the band’s guitarist, Stuart Mathewman, Andrew Hale, and other instrumentalists to form Sade.
After their first gig in the USA, Sade signed a record deal with Epic Records in 1983. The following year she released her first album “Diamond Life”, which was a huge success, topping several album charts nationally and internationally. The band’s second album, “Promise”, was released in 1985 and, like the debut album, was also well received commercially.
The promise became Sade’s first album, which reached its peak on the US Billboard. The album had two singles: “Never as Good as the First Time” and “The Sweetest Taboo”. The latter, which won almost all music rankings, became one of Sade’s greatest hits of all time and brought her great popularity in the industry.
Sade’s third album “Stronger than Pride” followed in 1988 and in 1992 the fourth album “Love Deluxe” was released. After an eight-year break from music and the spotlight, Sade’s fifth studio album “Lovers Rock” came through in 2000 and became a huge success. After the album’s success, Sade received a Grammy for the best pop vocal album in 2002. After another 10-year hiatus, Sade’s sixth studio album “Soldier of Love” was released in February 2010 and received many positive reviews from critics. The following year, the band started their Once in a Lifetime tour, which took them to different parts of the world, including Australia, Asia, and America, while promoting the album.
Sade Adu and her band released the single “Flower of the Universe” in 2018 as the soundtrack for the Disney movie “A Wrinkle in Time”.
Net Worth of the Singer/Song Writer
The legendary singer sits on an estimated net worth of 75 million dollars. Sade owes her financial status to her music and talent. Sade’s lead singer also makes a lot of money through her various sponsorship contracts. She tried her hand at acting in 1986 when she starred in the film Absolute Beginners, an adaptation of Colin MacInnes’ book of the same name.
Personal Life – Husband, Daughter
Like many of her peers, Sade Adu has an interesting story to tell from her personal life. As she traveled the universe, Sade found love in the people she worked with and did her best to nurture that love. During her stay in London, Sade had a relationship with Robert Elms, an English writer with whom she lived in Wood Green. It is not clear what came between them, but in 1989 word got around that the singer had married Carlos Pliego, a Spanish film director. The marriage lasted six years, after which the couple parted ways in 1995.
Sade then moved to the Caribbean where she met Bob Morgan, a Jamaican music producer. In their relationship, their daughter Mickalia was born in 1996, and she came out in 2016 as a transgender with the name Izaak. Sade is in a relationship with Ian Watts, a former Royal Marine.