Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, (born 16 January 1959), better known as Sade, is a British singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the popular Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade

Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means honor confers your crown. Her parents, Bisi Adu, a Nigerian lecturer in economics of Yoruba background, and Anne Hayes, an English district nurse, met in London, married in 1955 and moved to Nigeria. Later, when the marriage ran into difficulties, Anne Hayes returned to England, taking four-year-old Sade and her older brother Banji to live with her parents. When Sade was 11, she moved to live at Holland-on-Sea with her mother, and after completing school at 18 she moved to London and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

While at college, she joined a soul band, Pride, in which she sang backing vocals. Her solo performances of the song Smooth Operator attracted the attention of record companies and in 1983, she signed a solo deal with Epic Records taking three members of the band, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Denman, with her. Sade and her band produced the first of a string of hit albums, the debut album Diamond Life, in 1984, and have subsequently sold over 50 million albums. She is the most successful solo female artist in British history.

In 2002, she appeared on the Red Hot Organization's Red Hot and Riot, a compilation CD in tribute to the music of fellow Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti. She recorded a remix of her hit single, "By Your Side," for the album and was billed as a co-producer.

Personal life
Education: St. Martin's College of Art, BA, 1979.
Fashion designer, London, 1979-83; backup singer for the funk band Pride, 1982; formed band Sade, 1983; signed with Epic Records, 1984; toured throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East, 1985; appeared in the film Absolute Beginners, 1986.
In 1989 she married Spanish film director Carlos Scola. Their marriage ended in 1995. She gave birth to a daughter, Ila Adu, in 1996 after a relationship with Jamaican Bob Morgan(a record producer).
Adu currently resides in Stroud, United Kingdom, with her partner Ian, his son Jack and her daughter Ila. She keeps her personal life private.
She was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in 2002. Prior to the release of Soldier of Love in 2010, the Daily Mail described her as "famously reclusive".

1984: Diamond Life(Epic)
1985: Promise(Epic)
1988: Stronger Than Pride(Epic)
1992: Love Deluxe(Epic)
1992: Remix Deluxe(Epic)
1994: The Best of Sade(Epic)
2000: Lovers Rock(Epic)
2002: Lovers Live(Epic)
2010: Soldier of Love(RCA,Epic,Sony Music)
2011: The Ultimate Collection(double)(RCA,Epic,Sony Music)

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1985-Sade - ''Promise''(02)


''Promise'' is the second studio album by the English group Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 16 November 1985 by Epic Records and in the United States on 21 December 1985 by Portrait Records.

The major hits from this album were "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Never as Good as the First Time", which reached number five and number twenty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Also, "Is It a Crime" was released as a single. While not as initially successful as their debut album, Diamond Life, Promise became the band's first album to top the albums chart in both the United Kingdom and the United States, helped by an appearance at Live Aid and a cameo in the film Absolute Beginners.

The title Promise comes from a letter from Sade Adu's father where he refers to the "promise of hope" to recover from cancer



Sade Adu – vocals, producer, arranger
Andrew Hale – keyboards
Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone
Paul S. Denman – bass
Terry Bailey – trumpet
Lee Barrett – management
Pete Beachill – trombone
Carlos Bonnell – guitar
Pete Brown – assistant engineer
Tom Coyne – remastering
Martin Ditcham – percussion
Simon Driscoll – assistant engineer
Dave Early – drums, percussion
Nick Ingman – arranger
Jake Jacas – vocals
Phil Legg – assistant engineer
Robin Millar – producer
Mike Pela – producer, engineer, mixing, production engineer, strings
Ben Rogan – producer
Graham Smith – design
Toshi Yajima – photography

Released: November, 1985 (UK) / December, 1985 (US)
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 2 weeks)
Billboard #1: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Grammy Nominee: Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

 Sade - ''Promise'' on CD
 1-Is It A Crime 6:20
2-The Sweetest Taboo 4:36
3-War Of The Hearts 6:47
4-You're Not The Man 5:09
5-Jezebel    5:27
6-Mr. Wrong 2:49
7-Punch Drunk 5:21
8-Never As Good As The First Time 4:59
9-Fear 4:09
10-Tar Baby 3:57
11-Maureen 4:20

Sade - ''Promise'' on Tape

A1-Is It A Crime 6:18
A2-The Sweetest Taboo 4:31
A3-War Of The Hearts 6:46
A4-You're Not The Man 5:27
A5-Jezebel 5:27
B1-Mr. Wrong 2:46
B2-Punch Drunk 5:21
B3-Never As Good As The First Time 4:57
B4-Fear 4:06
B5-Tar Baby 3:55
B6-Maureen 4:18