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Soothing vocals combined with synths and drum beats set Emeli Sandé apart from other British imports currently enjoying success in the States. Her honesty and raw emotion make for powerful tunes that are made into instant classics thanks to her amazing voice. On July 7, 2013, the Scottish singer made her Austin City Limits debut performing songs from Our Version of Events.

Before making her solo debut, Sandé was a much-sought-after songwriter, penning tunes for Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Susan Boyle and many others. She also had UK success with rappers Chipmunk and Wiley performing on their songs “Diamond Rings” and “I Will Never Be Your Woman.”

When she began work on songs for her own project, she wanted to ensure the songs made a lasting impression. “I wanted the album to have a real message of hope,” she said in an interview with Billboard. “I wanted to speak about unconditional love.”

Her 2012 debut album Our Version of Events is a “hugely impressive introduction to a dynamic, arresting talent,” wrote The Telegraph. It was the UK’s biggest-selling debut album of 2012, winning Sandé several BRITs Critics’ Choice Awards, including British Female Solo Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. It also secured her a slot performing at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.

“She’s made an album that deserves to linger in the limelight,” wrote Q Magazine, “passionate, powerful and possessed of real star quality.”

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