Sade Adu Biography

Sade Adu Adu
( 1959 - )
June 11, 2017
First published on:June 11, 2017

Facts of Sade Adu Biography

Date of Birth: 1959 January 16
Age:59 years old
occupationComposer, Singer, Song-Writer, Record Producer
networth$70 million
nationality Nigerian-British
spouseRobert Elms (1980) Carlos Pliego(1989-1995)
educationClacton Country High School Saint Martin's School
place_of_birthIbadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
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Sade Adu is British singer, composer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as a lead vocalist for the band Sade. She is the most famous solo artist who has sold more than 110 million albums worldwide.


In 2012, she reached at number 50 in the list of VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music. She is a living inspiration, admired by a different current singer like Beyonce, Kery Hilson, Kelly Rowland and Brandy.

Early Life

Helen Folasade Adu or Sade Adu is the daughter of Adebisi Adu and Anne Hayes, and she was born on 16 January 1959 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her father was a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba, and her mother is an English, district nurse.

Sade's parents met each other in London and started dating. They got married in 1955, and after four years of marriage, they welcomed their daughter, Helen Adu. Soon after her birth, her parents separated, and her mother shifted to London.

[ CAPTION: Little Sade Adu in the arms of her father, Adebisi Adu, ][ SOURCE: Hitberry ]

Sade also has an elder brother, Banji Adu Sade was raised by her single mother and grandfather in Colchester, Essex, England. She completed her education at Clacton County High School. At the age 18, she enrolled in Saint Martin's School to obtained fashion design course. She belongs to mixed ethnicity and Nigerian-British nationality.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu Young ][ SOURCE: Hitberry ]

Sade Career

Sade Adu started her early career as a model and also associated with the fashion designing for men's clothing. Later, Sade debuted as a backup singer with British Band Pride.

Along with Pride's guitarist, Stuart Matthewman, they introduced sets at Pride gigs. While in this group, her solo performance for the song Smooth Operator which led the record companies scout her singing talent.

Video: Sade Adu's Smooth Operator;

Adu signed with Epic Records on 18th October 1983 and started recording their debut album  Diamond Life along with the group of "Pride," Stuart, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman.

Sooner, after releasing the album on 16th July 1984, it was in the second position in the UK Album Chart. The album was a super hit at an international level which led to selling more than 1.2 million copies in the UK. It reached to the top 10 list in the United States, sold over 4 million copies.

The album led Sade to become British Female's best-selling debut. In 1985, the album achieved the Brit Award, categorized as Best British Album.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu in Music Week Awards ][ SOURCE: Twitter ]

In 1985, Sade's band released an album, Promise which reached number one position on the US Billboard 200. In 1986, the band won a Grammy Award for the best new artist.

Some of the successful songs like No Ordinary Love and Soldier Love has made her most renowned vocalist in musical Industry.

Video: Sade Adu; No Ordinary Love

Adu has appeared in various concert and also went for a musical tour to promote her albums.Her concert tour "Lover Rock Tour" earned more than 26 million and became the 13th biggest tour in North America running over 40 shows.

Awards and Achievement

Adu is a Grammy Award winner for her commercially successful 2010's album Soldier of Love. Sade's band was on the VH1's list of 100 greatest artists of all time. She achieved honorable award 100 Greatest Women in Music in 2012. She is an idol for all the black women in England who become most successful solo British Female Artist in History.

Moreover, she is also a co-producer of her recorded remix hit single, By your side. She is an actress of the "Absolute Beginners" which is the adapted film of Colin MacInnes book. She portrayed the role of Athene Duncannon and also provides her vocal to the film's tracks.

Personal Life

Sade Adu has married twice. In 1980, she tied the knot with her long-term boyfriend, Robert Elms. The ex-couple wedded in Wood Green, North London.But, she ended her marriage with husband, Robert due to some personal problems.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu with her ex-husband, ][ SOURCE: Instagram ]

In 1989, Sade married with Spanish Flim Director, Carlos Pliego.  She marriage did not last long with her second husband and they ended the marital relationship in 1995.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu with her ex-husband, ][ SOURCE: Hitberry ]

Furthermore, after separating from her husband, she was in a live-in relationship with Jamaican music producer, Bob Morgan. They lived together in the Carribean.

She also gave birth to a daughter Mickailia from her relationship with Bob. According to National Coming Out Day, her daughter Mickailia turns out to be the transgender man in 2016.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu marriage pic ][ SOURCE: ]

Sade is currently single. However, she was also rumored to be dating personalities like Emile Griffith, Maxwelll and Rino Piccolo.

[ CAPTION: Sade Adu with her child ][ SOURCE: Instagram ]

Net Worth

Sade Adu is a reputed and successful singer, songwriter, music composer, recording producer, and actress. Throughout her career period, she released many albums from which she earns a huge amount to her net worth.

[ CAPTION: Instagram: Sade Adu in one of her concerts flaunting he ][ SOURCE: Instagram ]

She received the height of success from her musical tours and concerts which are why she received a huge amount of salary. From her profession, she has accumulated a net worth of $70 million as of 2017 estimation. 

June 11, 2017
First published on:June 11, 2017
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