Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Holds the record for most Grammys (6) won in a single night by a female artist (a record shared with Beyonce who also won 6)
May 5, 1988 in Tottenham, North London, England
Graduated the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, England in 2006.
Born to Penny Adkins and Mark Evans, Adele is an only child. Her mother became pregnant soon after meeting Mark in 1987. Because Penny felt that they were too young, she declined Mark's proposal for marriage. An art student when she gave birth to Adele at age 18, Penny split up with Mark 3 years later. Penny organized learning activities for adults, made furniture, and also worked as a masseuse, while Mark moved to Wales. When Adele was 11, she moved with her mother and her new stepfather to West Norwood, a suburb in South London, after living in Brixton, South London for a short period of time. Adele has stated that she is the only person in her family who is musical.
Childhood and Early Influences:
Adele has described herself as being someone who was "obsessed with voices" from as early as age 3. She performed mock concerts for her mother and Penny's friends as she was growing up, modeling herself after The Spice Girls and Gabrielle. Although her favorite artists ranged from Destiny's Child to The Cure, Adele was particularly taken by the music of Etta James. Her music brought Adele to the realization that people "might look back to my music in 50 years' time," just as Adele herself was listening to "music that had been made in the Forties."
High School Years:
When she was 14, Adele recorded a cover of the Blondie song "Heart of Glass" at the suggestion of her stepfather. Realizing that she wanted to pursue music, Adele auditioned successfully for the British Record Industry Trust (BRIT) School of Performing Arts and Technology. Within three days of graduating from the alma mater of such performers as Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis, Adele was offered a recording contract with XL records after a record executive heard one of her demos posted by a friend on MySpace.
Albums and Awards:
Adele released her first studio album in 2008 at age 19, a significant number which also became the album's title. In 2009, her debut album "19" was nominated for 4 Grammy awards, of which she won 2. On January 24, 2011, Adele's sophomore album, "21" was released and ultimately sold over 18 million copies, making it the top selling album of the 21st century. The album was number 1 on the Billboard charts for 21 consecutive weeks, surpassing Whitney Houston's record for a number 1 album by a female artist. Adele's single "Rolling in the Deep" became the top selling single of 2011.
On February 12, 2012, Adele won all 6 Grammy Awards she was nominated for, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year with "Rolling in the Deep."
Adele's personal life has had a prominent impact on her music; she is not shy to admit that "21" was the result of a failed relationship with a man ten years her senior. Adele has not revealed the man's identity. Although acknowledging that she enjoyed the spotlight when she was younger, fame is not a priority for Adele. After finishing up the leg of her tour that she had to cancel in November due to laser surgery on her vocal cords, Adele plans to "go away for awhile" and settle near Brighton, UK England with her partner Simon Konecki.
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