Sade Adu got both millennials and the generation before echoing melodious rhythms from her mindblowing tracks of Jazz, RnB, and soul. She is a British singer and songwriter who heads the popular English band ‘Sade’. Sade carries with her a subtle yet fierce aura which built her enigmatic exterior over the years. She is popularly known for hit tracks like ‘Sweetest Taboo’, Smooth Operator. Like most of her counterparts, Adu has a story to tell with regards to her career. Here are lesser known facts about the talented singer.
Sade Adu Bio, Age
A Nigerian by birth, Sade was born Helen Folashade Adu to her parents in Oyo State of Nigeria where her Nigerian father Adebisi Adu hails from. Her mother Anne Hayes was of English origins. When she was only four, her parents got divorced and Anne took Sade alongside her brother Banji, to England. She attended Clacton County High School before moving to London to study fashion design at Saint Martin’s School of Art. Sade who was always inclined to music became a backup singer for a British band, Pride, besides her fashion design work.
She soon began doing her own solo gigs whilst under the Pride band and started to draw lots of attention. One of her remarkable solo performances with the band was Smooth Operator which drew attention from music stakeholders. Sade who had become very popular, split from Pride alongside the band’s guitarist Stuart Mathewman, Andrew Hale and other instrumentalists, to form Sade.
After her first show in the US, Sade bagged a record deal with Epic Records in1983. The following year, she released her first album ‘Diamond Life’ which was a massive hit; it topped various album charts nationally and internationally. The band’s second album, ‘Promise’ was released in 1985 and like the debut, it did well commercially.
Promise became Sade’s first album to peak the US Billboard. The album had two singles ‘Never as Good as the First Time’ and ‘The Sweetest Taboo’. The latter which made its way to almost all music rankings became one of Sade’s greatest hits of all time and shooting her to great prominence 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 hiatus from music and the spotlight, Sade’s fifth studio album Lovers Rock came through in 2000 and was a huge success. Following the success of the album, Sade received a Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2002. After another 10-year hiatus, The sixth studio album by Sade ‘Soldier of Love’ was released in February 2010 and received lots of positive reviews from critics. The following year the band started their Once in a Lifetime Tour which took them to different parts of the globe including Australia, Asia, and the Americas as they promoted the album.
Sade Adu and her band released a single ‘Flower of the Universe’ in 2018 as a 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. Sade has her music and talent to thank for her financial status. The Sade lead singer also makes a lot of money from her various endorsements. She dabbled into 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 counterparts, Sade Adu has an interesting story to tell with regards to her personal life. As she traveled the universe, Sade found love in people she worked with and did her best to nurture this love. While in London, Sade was in a relationship with Robert Elms, an English writer whom she lived with, in Wood Green. It is not clear what came between them but in 1989, word broke that the singer had married Carlos Pliego, a Spanish film director. The marriage lasted for six years after which the couple went their separate ways in 1995.
Sade then moved to the Caribbean where she met Bob Morgan, a Jamaican music producer. In 1996, their relationship saw the birth of her daughter Mickalia who later came out as transgender with the name Izaak in 2016. Sade is in a relationship with Ian Watts, a former Royal Marine.