Sade – Smooth Operator
Sade are an English soul and R&B band formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sade is the lead singer of the eponymous band.
Helen Folasade Adu, OBE ( born 16 January 1959), professionally known as Sade Adu or simply Sade , is an English lead vocalist of the eponymous band and a R&B soul singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer.
Following a brief stint as a men’s fashion designer and modeling Adu began backup singing for the band Pride. Growing attention from record labels led her, along with other fellow band members, to separate from Pride and form the band Sade.
Following a record deal with Epic Records the band released their debut album Diamond Life (1984). The album sold over six million copies, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the ’80s, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist.
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