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is available for public concerts and events. Sade can be booked for
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Unlike most middle agents that would mark
up the performance or appearance fee for Sade, we act as YOUR agent in
securing Sade at the best possible price. We go over the rider for
Sade and work directly with Sade or the responsible agent for
Sade to secure the talent for your event. We become YOUR agent,
representing YOU, the buyer.
In fact, in most cases we can negotiate for
the acquisition of Sade for international dates and newer promoters
providing you meet professional requirements.
When Sade first came on the recording scene in the '80s, her
record company, Epic, made a point of printing pronounced shar-day
after her name on the record labels of her releases. Soon enough the
world would have no problem in correctly pronouncing her name. Born
Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, she
was the daughter of an African father and an English mother. After her
mother returned to England, Sade grew up on the North End of London.
Developing a good singing voice in her teens, Sade worked part-time
jobs in and outside of the music business. She listened to Ray Charles,
Nina Simone, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holliday. Sade
studied fashion design at St. Martin's School of Art in London while
also doing some modeling on the side.
Around 1980, she started singing harmony with a Latin funk group called
Arriva. One of the more popular numbers that the group would perform
was a Sade original co-written with bandmember Ray St. John, Smooth
Operator, that would later become Sade's first stateside hit. The
following year she joined the eight-piece funk band Pride as a
background singer. The band included future Sade band members
guitarist/saxophonist Stuart Matthewman (a key player in '90s urban
soul singer Maxwell's success) and bassist Paul Denman. The concept of
the group was that there could shoot-offs. In essence, a few members
within the main group Pride formed mini-groups that would be the
opening act. Pride did a lot of shows around London, stirring up record
company interest. Initially, the labels wanted to only sign Sade, while
the group members wanted a deal for the whole band. After a year, the
other band members told Sade, Matthewman, and Denman to go ahead and
sign a deal. Adding keyboardist Andrew Hale, the group signed to the
U.K. division of Epic Records.
Her debut album, Diamond Life (with overall production by Robin
Millar), went Top Ten in the U.K. in late 1984. January 1985 saw the
album released on CBS' Portrait label and by spring it went platinum
off the strength of the Top Ten singles Smooth Operator and Hang on
to Your Love. Her third album, Promise (November 1985), featured
Never As Good As the First Time and arguably her signature song, The
Sweetest Taboo, which stayed on the U.S. pop charts for six months.
Sade was so popular that some radio stations reinstated the '70s
practice of playing album tracks, adding Is It a Crime and Tar Baby
to their play lists. In 1986, Sade won a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Sade's third album was 1988's Stronger Than Pride and featured her
first number one soul single Paradise, Nothing Can Come Between Us,
and Keep Looking. A new Sade album didn't appear for four years.
1992's Love Deluxe continued the unbroken streak of multi-platinum Sade
albums, spinning off the hits No Ordinary Love, Feel No Pain, and
Pearls. While the album's producer Mike Pela, Matthewman, Denman, and
Hale have gone on to other projects. The new millennium did spark a new
scene for Sade. She issued Lovers Rock in fall 2000 and incoporated
more mainstream elements than ever before. Debut single By Your Side
was also a hit among radio and adult-contemporary listerners. The
following summer, Sade embarked on her first tour in more than a
decade, selling out countless dates across America. In early 2002, she
celebrated the success of the tour by releasing her first ever live
album and DVD, Lovers Live. ~ Ed Hogan, All Music Guide
Written by Ed Hogan