In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m bringing back my muse posts to highlight some amazing and empowering women. First up is one of my all time favorite singers: Sade!
If Sade isn’t on your Sunday playlist, I’m judging you. Seriously, how could you not love the soulful sounds of this singer? My friends and I actually have a Sade Sunday ritual.
The Nigerian beauty , formerly known as Helen Folasade Adu, started her singing career in college as a background vocalist for the band, Pride. With a powerful voice like hers, it wasn’t long before she was discovered and signed to Epic Records. Sade released her first hit single, “Your Love is King”, in Feburary of 1984. The single was featured on her debut album , Diamond Life, which made her a huge star not only in Europe but in the U.S. The songstress even won a Grammy for “Best New Artist” in 1986.
Sade went on to release six multiplatinum studio album which include Promise, Stronger Than Pride, Love Deluxe, and more. Though Sade has remained quiet since the 2010 release of Soldier of Love, her music continues to influence R&B, Soul, and even Hip-Hop. Sade’s unique voice can be heard as samples on works such as MF DOOM’s “Kon Karne” and “Doomsday”, Curren$y’s “Famous”, and much more.