Adele: The Rise & Rise of Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins or better known by her chosen stage name Adele is a British singer and songwriter who hails from Tottenham in North London, UK. She was born on May 5, 1988. She is the only child of her parents Penny Adkins and Mark Evans. Adele’s father left her and her mom when Adele was 2 years old. She has since admitted that she could not forgive her father’s attitude.

Music has been Adele’s love since she was 4 years old. She often performed at shows with her mother, performing songs from Spice Girls. Adele wrote her first song “Hometown Glory”, when she was just 16 years old.

Her love for music would continue even when in college. In 2006 Adele graduated from The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in May 2006. Before her rise to fame, Adele would often upload her songs on the site and MySpace. Adele continued to upload her songs online and started gaining a loyal following. Finally, her songs caught the attention of XL Recordings.

Adele began her professional career by contributing to Jack Penate’s song “My Yvonne” after joining September Management and XL Recordings in 2006. She would later release her first single, “Hometown Glory” on October 22, 2007.

A year later, Adele released her debut album “19”. Its flagship song, “Chasing Pavements”, topped the charts in both the UK and the US.
Adele’s powerful vocals earned her first album nomination and victory. Adele’s debut was among the albums nominated for the Mercury Prize 2008. The album containing 12 songs also earned Adele two awards for the category of Best Female Pop Vocal and Best New Artist in the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Adele released her sophomore album, “21”, in 2011. Adele’s second was inspired by her love story. The album had strong influences from both the country music and blues genres. The song “Someone Like You” from the album “21” successfully featured Adele brilliantly at the 2011 BRIT Awards event. Her performance managed to boost sales of albums “19” and “21”. The two songs “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” which were part of the “21” album managed to gain positions in the top 5 of the UK charts. With this, Adele equaled the record that was held by the Beatles record in 1964.

Adele was suddenly unstoppable as her sophomore album continued to break old records and set new ones. “21” successfully displaced Amy Winehouse’s 2006 album “Back to Black” as the best-selling album in the twenty-first century with 3.4 million copies sold in the UK alone. Adele alo became the first and the only singer to have three of her singles, “Chasing Pavements”, “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain”, occupy the first three positions of the Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to her Billboard dominance, Adele is also the second singer after Beyonce Knowles to take home 6 Grammy Awards in a single night. She won 6 categories during the 2012 Grammy Awards, these included; Record of the Year, Best Album, Best Song, Best Solo Appearance, Best Pop Album, and Best Short Music Videos. Adele has been named among the 100 influential people in the world by TIME magazine. She was also listed as the only singer who received a Diamond Certification award from the RIAA (American Recording Industry Association) since the last decade.

Unfortunately, Adele was forced to take a break from active performance after she suffered vocal bleeding in 2011. As a result, she had to undergo a surgical procedure in Boston, forcing her to cancel 6 of her concerts in England and ten appearances in America.

Fortunately for Adele, her recovery was speedy and it didn’t take long for her to return to her record breaking self. She was entrusted to work on and sing the title track for the 2012 James Bond Movie “Skyfall”. The song that was performed with orchestral music successfully debuted in the 8th position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The single also won the Golden trophy Globe Award (2013) and Academy Award (2013) in the category of Best Original Song. In the same year, Adele won the Grammy Awards trophy for the Best Solo Pop Performance category for the song “Set Fire to the Rain”.

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