Presented by Bud Light Music First 50/50/1
Thu, August 1, 2013 at 8:00pm
This is a 21+ show.
The most personal works of art are often the ones that, paradoxically, strike a profoundly universal chord. This quality is a common thread in the creations of Emeli Sandé's favorite artists: figures like painter Frida Kahlo, musicians Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Lauryn Hill, poet Sylvia Plath and author writer Virginia Woolf. With her debut album - Our Version of Events, which was the biggest-selling album of 2012 in the U.K. - her kinship with these artists is clear. Drawn from the depths of her psyche, Sandé's songs have connected on a primal level with audiences around the globe.
People magazine hailed Our Version Of Events as one of the year's best debuts and the Associated Press called it "stunning." "Ms. Sandé has a perspective-altering voice, clear and brassy and weapons-grade," said The New York Times while The Times of London observed that she "combines Winehouse sass and Nina Simone purr."
Sandé was the only artist to perform at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London She's toured with Coldplay and Alicia Keys. The latter was so impressed that she co-wrote and produced the track "Hope" on Our Version of Events and penned three songs with Sandé for her own album, "Girl on Fire." Other early admirers include Jay-Z, Rihanna (who included a new Sandé composition as a bonus track on her latest album) and Adele, who tweeted "How incredible is she?" after watching Emeli perform on television.
Between her own videos (including "Next To Me," "Heaven" and "Daddy") and collaborations on tracks/videos such as Pro Green's "Read All About It"and Labrinth's "Beneath Your Beautiful," Sandé has surpassed 75 million views on VEVO. The video channels have embraced her and she's also appeared on such shows as TODAY, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Rachael Ray, Live! With Kelly and 106 & Park.