Sadehad a combination of soul, jazz, funk, quiet storm, R&B, and adult contemporary music. Their lead singer, Sade Adu, is the only one who appears on the album covers and single covers. She is the only consistent member of the group. Their style of music is still used today and is still very popular. They were some of the founders for their contribution of the modern popular music. The best thing they feel that they have achieved is the way they attracted a diverse, multiracial audience.
Sade was formed in 1982 when Helen Folasade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer Denman, and Paul Anthony Cook got together. They began writing their own songs. In 1983, Andrew Hale joined the group and in 1984 Cook left the group. Sade had their debut performance in December, 1982, at Ronnie Scottís Club in London. Then in May, 1983, the group performed in New York Cityat the Danceteria Club. This was their first show in the United states. In 1983 Sade Adu signed with Portrait Records and all Sade albums were released under this label until it was combined with Epic Records in 1986. Sade released their first U. K. single in 1984 and it was called Your Love Is King. They released their debut album in the United Kingdom in 1984, called Diamond Life. In 1984 they went on their, Diamond Life, tour in the U. K..
The groupís first U. S. Single was released in December, 1984. The song was called, Hang On To Your Love. Then in February, 1985, Diamond Life was released in the United States. In July, 1985, Sade performed at Live Aid at Wimbley Stadium in London. Sade Adu was the only African musician to appear in front of a live audience of 75,000. There was also a world wide television audience of 1.4 billion people in 170 countries. The group released their second album, in the United Kingdom, in 1985 and named it, Promise. It was also released in the United states in 1985. The same year they won a British Phonographic Institute Award for Best Album. Their video for Smooth Operator, was nominated for 2 MTV Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist. In 1986 Sade Adu was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul / R&B Female Video Artist and she also won a Grammy for Best new Artist. The group went on their first World Promise tour in 1985 - 1986.
Other awards and nominations followed as well as new releases of albums and singles. There was also changes in the lineup of the band, but Sade Adu stayed on as the lead singer through it all.
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