Adele is an English singer and songwriter who rose to prominence as a result of her distinctive voice and has gone on to become one of the most successful singers of all time. She was born in England and raised by a young single mother in a variety of working-class London districts. She began singing modern pop songs at a young age and later developed a passion for Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James. While studying at the ‘BRIT School,’ she explored a career in music in her early teens. Her talent for music drew the attention of record labels, and she got a deal with ‘XL Recordings’ following graduation. Adele launched her first album, ’19,’ in 2008, after generating anticipation in the UK with some well-received live performances. It debuted at No. 1 on the British album chart. She was afterwards praised for her distinct and deep voice. Later, she released her second album, ’21,’ which featured multiple smash singles such as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You.’ Both songs reached the top of the charts in many countries and set numerous sales records. She was also honored with a ‘Academy Award’ for the song ‘Skyfall,’ which she penned and composed for the James Bond film of the same name. She has become one of the most successful performers of her generation thanks to her great voice and outspoken demeanor.
Early Years and Childhood
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born to a Welsh father, Marc Evans, and an English mother, Penny Adkins, on May 5, 1988, in Tottenham, England. Evans abandoned the family when Adele was a child, and she was raised by her mother after that.
Adele began singing at a young age because she had a passion for music. The Spice Girls affected her, and she also liked Lauryn Hill’s ‘Destiny’s Child,’ and Mary J. Blige’s music.
Adele was attracted by Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald’s music when she found it at a local music store when she was 14 years old. Adele’s desire to become a singer was sparked by a theatrical performance by ‘Pink,’ which she watched as an audience member.
She was a student at the Croydon-based ‘BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.’ She penned and composed songs when she was in school, which she eventually posted on her Myspace profile.
She created a three-song demo for a class assignment after graduating in 2006, and it impressed the executives at ‘XL Recording.’ The company approached her and she signed a recording contract as a result.
Adele’s debut album, titled ’19,’ was released in 2008, and was named after the singer’s age at the time of recording. ‘Hometown Glory’ and ‘Chasing Pavements,’ two successful lead singles from the album, launched her to instant popularity.
‘Columbia Records’ and ‘XL Recordings’ signed her to a deal in March 2008. ‘An Evening with Adele,’ her world tour, began later that year and ran through June 2009.
’21,’ her second and highly anticipated studio album, was released in January 2011 and was called after her age at the time of recording. The album was well-received, and she was praised for its traditional American R&B and jazz sound. The album became a tremendous smash because to songs like “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You.”
Adele’s third No. 1 song on the ‘Billboard Hot 100,’ ‘Set Fire to the Rain,’ comes from the album. She went on to become the first artist in history to have three No. 1 singles and an album at the top of the Billboard 200.
She wrote and recorded the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name, ‘Skyfall,’ in 2012. The song was a chartbuster upon its initial release, reaching No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted at No. 8 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100,’ selling over two million copies in its first three days in the United States.
Her album ’25’ was a blockbuster when it was released in November 2015. Her song ‘Hello’ reached No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts the same year.
Work on the Big Picture
In the United Kingdom, her album ’21’ became the best-selling album of the twenty-first century, selling over 3.4 million copies. Adele became the first artist in the United Kingdom to sell three million albums in a calendar year.
Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ which topped the pop, adult pop, and adult contemporary charts in 2012, was named the largest crossover hit of the last 25 years by Billboard.
Achievements and Awards
Adele was nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” in 2009. On VH1’s “100 Greatest Women In Music,” she was ranked No. 5 in 2012. In the same year, the American magazine ‘Time’ named her one of the world’s top 100 most influential people. For the James Bond theme song ‘Skyfall,’ Adele won the ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Original Song’ in 2013. In 2013, she was honored with the title of “Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (MBE) for her contributions to music. She was named on the’Sunday Times Rich List’ in 2017 as one of the wealthiest musicians under 30 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Life and Legacy of an Individual
Adele was dating Simon Konecki, a charity entrepreneur, according to reports from January 2012. She confirmed the couple’s pregnancy later that year, and their son, Angelo, was born in October 2012. Adele married Simon Konecki in 2018 and divorced the following year. Adele divorced in 2019, and the divorce was finalized in 2021. Adele started dating Rich Paul, a sports agent from the United States, in the year 2021. Adele is involved with a number of charitable organizations and has played in a number of charity concerts to raise funds. She’s involved with charity that assist musicians in need, as well as LGBT groups. She also raises funds for organizations dedicated to advancing infant mortality studies.