Adele is a singer/songwriter from London whose soaring vocals and sensitive lyrics and melodies made her an internationally beloved superstar.
Adele was first noticed when her demo tape landed her a deal with XL Recordings in 2006, which led to an opening gig for Jack Penate. After appearing alongside Paul McCartney and Bjork on the BBC show Later with Jools Holland, Adele was officially signed with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008, preceded by the hauntingly beautiful single “Chasing Pavements.” It was enormously well-received, earning the singer awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammys.
21 followed in 2011, featuring the gospel-influenced single “Rolling in the Deep.” 21 spent over 18 weeks at number one, becoming one of the longest-running albums to hold that spot in music history. After suffering a vocal cord hemorrhage, Adele had to cancel her tour and undergo surgery. Amid concerns that she might never be able to sing again, Adele released the CD Live at the Royal Albert Hall, sold over 10 million copies of 21, and took home six Grammys at the 2012 Awards. By 2013, 21 would sell over 25 million copies.
Adele recorded the theme song to the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, in 2012 at Abbey Road Studios. It entered Billboard Hot 100 as well as Top Ten of the U.K. singles chart, drumming up anticipation for her third album. After 3 years of silence, Adele released the first single from her newest album, “Hello,” which debuted at number one and became the first song to sell over a million downloads in the first week of release. 25, released in late 2015, broke the all-time record for single-week U.S. sales, stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 for ten weeks, and won five Grammys, including Album, Song, and Record of the Year, as well as Best Pop Solo Performance and Pop Vocal. The singer gives performances regularly, and is often booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.