1. Our Version of Events – her debut album – topped the UK album charts for two weeks in March and went Platinum. It’s the fastest-selling album by a British recording artist since Susan Boyle’s ‘I dreamed a dream’ in 2009. It’s on release in the US next week. You will want to buy it and listen to it. LOTS!
2. Remixes and collaborations abound. It seems as if every song she writes has a multitude of arrangements and voices. I can imagine her live with a massive band, just as comfortable as she is with solo piano. So far, she’s worked with or written songs for the biggest names in UK pop, including Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Wiley.
3. Emeli performed on 25 May this year at Cooper’s Field in Cardiff, as part of the celebration of the Olympic Torch’s progress around Britain.
4. Born in Sunderland and raised in the depths of Northern Scotland . If you’ve never been, this isn’t Edinburgh. It’s VERY rural and a stunningly beautiful part of the world.
5. Although she possesses a stunning, distinctive voice, piano is her instrument. She’s been using both to write songs since the age of 10.
6. She has a tattoo of artist (and so much more) Frida Kahlo on her right forearm.
7. She’s actually on a break from a six-year degree in medicine at Glasgow University. It’s a little scary that she knows a LOT about clinical neuro-science and how our brains work. She certainly writes engagingly about how we all think and love.
8. Fans are getting vocal in support and wanting to find out more. A seemingly official fan site has just been launched.
9. She has been nominated for a BET 2012 award, to be hosted by Samuel L Jackson. She’s up for the Best International Act: UK against Estelle, Labrinth, Sway and Wretch 32. Right now, she’s probably hotter in both the UK and the US than the others, but who knows?
10. Sande is on her way over to you right now. Her mini-US tour takes her to Chicago, LA and New York before coming back home in June and then back with you in July. If you get the chance to catch her live, then do it.