What’s next for Emeli Sandé?

The only way is up, it seems, for Emeli Sandé, the Scottish singer whose debut album Our Version Of Events was one of the smash soul hits of 2012.

Now after an exhausting year in which she featured at many an international festival, the star is now becoming a staple on US TV and working on several other projects including an autobiography. The book will talk about her rise on the music scene and how she came to produce such an enticing mix of funk, pop and soul. Sandè is also busy with her new album and has already produced a few songs that appear to be influenced by her passion for hip hop, especially the lively British scene. “I learned a lot from British rappers,” she said recently. “And that’s why every time I’m invited to sing on their records, I accept immediately.” Her collaborations have included Professor Green, who invited her to sing on Read All About It, Tinie Tempah on Let Go and Chipmunk on Diamond Rings“From them”, said Sande, “I learned an important lesson, because in rap you’ve got to be absolutely sure of the strength of your lyrics, your voice is in the foreground. “Sometimes you can hide behind a melody. In rap it’s not possible. There’s nothing to separate the artist from the audience. Singing with them was one of the most exciting experiences of my career.” And the results of these collaborations will certainly part of the new CD.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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