Emeli Sandé, the UK’s top-selling artist of 2012, is finally poised to become a household name in America. Her live performance during last Summer’s closing ceremonies of the London Olympics introduced Sandé to the world, and she’s been on a roll ever since. After two U.S. promo tours and a knockout performance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Sandé has released her UK megahit “Next to Me” here in the States. Later this month, she’ll perform at one of the most high-profile events of the year — the Elton John Oscar Party.
I caught Emeli’s live performance in San Francisco a year ago, and she completely blew me away. Her voice is even better live, and she has a commanding stage presence that exudes sheer star power. I’m so excited to see her impact U.S. radio with “Next to Me,” and even happier to see that the release includes a new package of remixes for the dance floor. Could Emeli Sandé be the next Adele? I sure hope so.