Members: Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer Denman, Andrew Hale
Genre: R&B, Soul, Soft Rock
Hometown: London, England
Albums: Diamond Life (1984); Promise (1985); Stronger Than Pride (1988); Love Deluxe (1992); Lovers Rock (2000); Soldier of Love (2010);
Awards: 3 Grammy Awards
Hits: "Smooth Operator," "The Sweetest Taboo," "Paradise"
Other: Lead singer Sade Adu is a member of The Order of the British Empire.
Throughout the 1980s, there were few bands bigger than Sade. With a pleasing blend of R&B, soul and soft rock, the quartet enjoyed considerable success throughout much of the decade. More than 25 years after they formed, Sade remains an indelible part of the decade and continues to record and perform for their fans across the globe.
Sade was founded in 1983, when three members of the band Pride, Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman and Paul Spencer Denman, joined with Anthony Hale. Not too soon after, the band released their debut album, 1984's Diamond Life. The record was initially released in the United Kingdom, but made its way to the states in 1985.
Although it was not a large hit immediately, the album became successful after the single "Your Love is King" hit airwaves. The track broke into the top 10 in the U.K., and had a respectable showing in the U.S. as well. The popularity of the song pushed the album to the top five on the Billboard 200 and it was certified quadruple platinum.
Later in '85, Sade released their follow up album, Promise, and it was immediately popular. The record reached the top spot on the charts, and spurred the band to take a worldwide tour. It also earned significant critical praise, and the group won the Grammy for Best New Artist. Sade's success continued in 1988 with the release of Stronger than Pride. The album was another top 10 hit, and contained a number of popular tunes including "Paradise" and "Love is Stronger than Pride."
Though the '80s were kind to Sade, the band took it much easier during the next 10 years. After recording an album early on, 1992's Love Deluxe, the rest of the decade was much quieter, and by the mid '90s, Hale, Denman and Matthewman formed their own band.
However, Sade quickly reemerged in the 2000s with the release of Lovers Rock. The record sold nearly 4 million copies in the United States alone and was hailed as a significant comeback for the band, and earned them another Grammy, this time for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Despite its popularity, fans would have to wait for new material. In February 2010 they got their wish with the release of Soldier of Love
. The album debuted at the top spot proving that, although its been 27 years since they formed, Sade still resonates with fans.
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Sade at Staples - Concert of a lifetime! It had been ten years since we last saw Sade in concert and it was definitely long overdue. I attend dozens of concerts a year and this was by far one of the best of the summer, if not ever. The production and effort that went into the show was truly incredible in light of her long concert tour and the fact that she has been on the road for a couple of months already. Comments I heard from my friends included: "Amazing", "Mind-blowing", "Incredible"...you get the idea. Even friends who are not part of the "soul" or "easy listening" crowd truly appreciated this night. Sade is in a class of her own and I would recommend that any music fan splurge for the experience of a lifetime because nobody knows how long it will be before the next one! August 22, 2011
Sade and John Legend Rocked! Jason at the Austin office - thanks so much for getting us tickets last minute to the Sade / John Legend concert! Sade was amazing and as she herself said she hasn't been to Austin in a long, long time! It was great to hear her - as I am not sure when or if we would get the chance to again! Great concert! September 9, 2011