by Marlynn Snyder
With the Stateside arrival of Emeli SandÃ© impressive Our Version of Events, the British invasion continues. However, the biracial beautyâ€™s (herÂ mother is British and father is African) soulful pop songs have already garnered her a No. 1 debut on the U.K. album chart.
After winning a BBC talent contest as a teenager, she went on to study medicine in her native Scotland before returning to her first love. Early fans include fellow musicians Coldplay; Adele, and Alicia Keys, who cowrote and produced the albumâ€™s track â€œHope.â€
Drum and bass elements drive the addictive first single â€œHeaven,â€ but SandÃ©, 24, also has a knack for powerful, emotionally resonant ballads, like the melancholy beauty â€œClownâ€ and the forceful yet vulnerable â€œBreaking the Law.â€ â€œIâ€™m not too bothered about what category my music goes in,â€she says.â€œBut I want it to be respected.â€
Get used to seeing SandÃ©â€™s signature shock of platinum blonde hair; sheâ€™s a talent with a long run ahead.