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About Sade


About Sade


Current members: Sade Adu, vocals; Stuart Matthewman, guitar, saxophone; Paul Denman, bass guitar; Andrew Hale, keyboards.
Former members: Paul Cook, drums, from 1982 to 1984.


The members of Sade were originally in a British band called Pride when they broke away from the main group in 1982 for a side project they named Sade, after lead singer Sade Adu. After playing a number of shows in their native United Kingdom as well as the U.S. and elsewhere, the band started receiving attention from the media and record labels. In 1983, the band left Pride behind for good and signed with U.S.-based Portrait Records. Their debut album, Diamond Life, was released in the U.K. in July 1984 and in the U.S. in February 1985.

Early Career:

Throughout the early part of the band's career, their singles and albums were not released at the same time in U.S. as they were in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe. This resulted in Sade having different hits at different times in different parts of the world. In the U.S., the group was most successful from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, with hits that included the songs "Smooth Operator" from the Diamond Life album, and "Sweetest Taboo" from their 1985 sophomore album, Promise. Each of the group's first five studio albums sold at least three million copies in America.

Hiatuses and Returns:

Eight years passed between the band's fourth and fifth studio albums while the members focused on their personal lives and other musical projects. And after the release the fifth album, Lovers Rock, in 2000, the group went on another lengthy hiatus, this time almost 10 years. They emerged in December 2009 with the song "Soldier of Love," followed by an album of the same name in February 2010. Soldier of Love became the group's first album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart and also received a Grammy for Best R&B Performance.


Sade Adu's first name is actually Helen; Sade is her stage name.
Sade was married to Spanish film director Carlos Pliego from 1989 to 1995. She also has a daughter, Ila Adu, who was born in 1996.
The three musicians in the group, but not Sade Adu herself, have a side band called Sweetback that plays jazz/funk music. Sweetback's albums have featured various vocalists, including Maxwell, Amel Larrieux and El DeBarge.

Selected Discography:

2011: The Ultimate Collection (compilation).
2010: Soldier of Love.
2000: Lovers Rock.
1992: Love Deluxe.
1988: Stronger Than Pride.
1985: Promise.
1984: Diamond Life.

Awards Won:

2011: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy for "Soldier of Love."
2002: Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy for Lovers Rock.
1994: Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for the song "No Ordinary Love."
1986: Grammy for Best New Artist.
1985: Brit Award for Best British Album, for Diamond Life.

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