Je Ne Sais Quoi: Sade
SADE and I are friends. I’ve known her for 20 years. We’ve shared sadness, heartbreak and shed a few tears together. In fact, freshman year college, I fell asleep to the soothing sounds of SADE’S voice every single night for three months.
Of course SADE and I are not personal intimates and it must be incredibly jarring for celebrities when people like me claim to know them. The truth is we don’t know them at all, do we? But in my mind, SADE and I go way back and, without her knowing, she helped me through those awkward teen years. I was obsessed with her album Promise and its combination of smooth jazz, R + B and funk.
Born in Nigeria, HELEN FOLASADE ADU was raised outside London and after attending the prestigious Central Saint Martins art + design college, she actually had dreams of becoming a fashion designer. She even launched a menswear line and modeled for a while before joining British soul band Pride. After years of success and refusing to leave Pride for a solo career, in 1984, SADE recorded Diamond Life and became a worldwide phenomenon and one of Britain’s most successful artists.
The self-confessed tomboy continues to inspire fashion designers around the world with her trademark style. In fact, SADE’S three distinct personal style elements — her glamorous braided ponytail, her bright red lips and her oversized gold hoop earrings were the inspiration for Olivier Rousteing’s Spring 2013 collection at Balmain.
My music comes from the heart, and when we’re making an album, we put our whole heart in and everything we’ve got. It isn’t about making a hit album; it’s not about second-guessing and predicting what people want to hear or what they want to buy. There’s sort of integrity in that.
Whatever anybody might say about me, when I feel the warmth we get back from the audiences, particularly in America, I think it’s worth all the bullshit. I actually prefer singing live now, I feel much more comfortable than I did. I used to be a bit frozen and worried about my vocal performance, as if I hadn’t learnt the language properly. It’s much easier for me to express myself now.
Making music or any form of art is about making mistakes, and knowing when you’ve done the right thing, and making that choice. It’s all about choices. If you’re making a sculpture, you start with a piece of clay and you chip away. It’s what’s left that matters.
When asked why she looks so incredible at 53, SADE said, I move a lot. I’m always doing stuff. I don’t lounge around much. I’m active because I know it’s good for me. I’ve even tried yoga, but my life just doesn’t seem to allow that kind of movement.
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