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.