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

Biography
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".

Discography
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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1984-Sade - ''Diamond Life''(01)


Diamond Life is the debut album by the English group Sade. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 23 February 1985 by Portrait Records.

Although initially not a big seller, the album was catapulted into the spotlight once the track "Your Love Is King" went top ten. Diamond Life was also highly successful in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where it reached number one for nine, eight and five weeks, respectively.

The album won the Brit Award for British Album in 1985

Side A





SIDE B




Musicians:
Sade Adu – vocals
Andrew Hale – keyboards
Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone
Paul S. Denman – bass
Paul Cooke – drums
Terry Bailey – trumpet
Pete Brown – assistant engineer
Tom Coyne – remastering
Martin Ditcham – percussion
Simon Driscoll – assistant engineer
Dave Early – drums, percussion
Gordon Matthewman – trumpet
Robin Millar – producer
Mike Pela – production engineer
Chris Roberts – photography
Ben Rogan – engineer
Graham Smith – artwork, design, sleeve design



Released: July, 1984 (UK) / February, 1985 (US)
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 5
Lyrics / Copyright from Official Website

 Sade - ''Diamond Life'' on CD
1.Smooth Operator (Sade Adu, Ray St. John) 4:58
2.Your Love Is King (Adu, Stuart Matthewman) 3:40
3.Hang on to Your Love (Adu, Matthewman) 5:54
4.Frankie's First Affair (Adu, Matthewman) 4:38
5.When Am I Going to Make a Living (Adu, Matthewman) 3:25
6.Cherry Pie (Adu, Matthewman, Andrew Hale, Paul S. Denman) 6:20
7.Sally (Adu, Matthewman) 5:20
8.I Will Be Your Friend (Adu, Matthewman) 4:43
9.Why Can't We Live Together (Timmy Thomas) 5:27

 Sade - ''Diamond Life'' on Tape