Music spotlight: Emeli Sande

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 3, 2012 - 6:44 PM

Monday 3/5

Meet the new Adele. Actually, her first name is Adele but, to avoid confusion, she's using her middle name. Emeli Sandé, 24, won the critics' choice award at this year's Brits (England's Grammys, pictured) the same night Adele captured top female artist. Sandé's album, "Our Version of Events," debuted at No. 1 last month in England and her native Scotland. Although she's been writing songs since she was 7, her parents insisted she concentrate on her studies. After three years toward her medical degree, she's a qualified neurologist but took a leave to pursue music. Thanks to Simon Cowell's interest, she's an in-demand songwriter, penning tunes for Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle and Tinie Tempeh. And her own piano-based music -- sort of a cross between Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone, with contemporary rhythms and strings -- has fared well in the U.K. "Heaven" and "Next to Me" both went to No. 2, and she sang the hooks on hits by Professor Green, Chipmunk and others.

  • When: 7 p.m. Mon. 3/5

    Where: Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls

    Tickets: $15. 612-332-1010 or dakotacooks.com

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