Born in Ibadan Nigeria in 1959, Helen Folasade Adu was raised in Colchester Essex after he English mother left her Nigerian father. Before becoming the lead vocalist for and extraordinary r&b/soul/jazz band, Sade studied fashion design at St. Martin's School of Art in London while also using her beauty to dabble in a little modeling.
While growing up Sade listened and sang to songs by Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and Billie Holiday, all which would later help her to mold her own music. It was not until a few old school friends who were looking for a vocalist as a temporary stand in until they could find a permanent one for there band "Arriva" that Sade began take singing seriously. Soon after she joined the funk band "Pride" where she would co-write her first stateside hit( smooth operator) and also come to differences which caused her to leave the group and form her own taking band members Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman with her.
It was in 1984 their first single 'Your Love Is King' became a top ten hit. Soon after followed by their first album 'Diamond Life'. Featuring hit singles 'Your Love Is King', 'Smooth Operator' and 'Hang On To Your Love' , the album spent 98 weeks on the UK charts and 81 weeks on the Billboard charts. Sade received a BPI award for Best Album and a Grammy for Best New Artist. Followed by her 1985's second album 'Promise', that yielded hits such as 'Is It A Crime' and 'The Sweetest Taboo', which has become one of the most played songs in radio history. Like it's predecessor, this too was an international multi-platinum success.
After a well earned break Sade went back to the studio to record her third album 1988's Stronger Than Pride. It was then she began her tour hitting places across Europe, Australia and Japan that included Sade's first full-scale arena tour of America.
In 1992, Sade released 'Love Deluxe', and continued the unbroken streak of multi-platinum Sade albums, spinning off the hits "Feel No Pain and No Ordinary Love' , which was featured prominently in the Robert Redford movie Indecent Proposal. In America it spent 90 weeks on the Billboard charts. In 1994 came the 16 track 'Best Of Sade' followed by 'Lovers Rock' in 2000. After 40 million record sales, and appearing on the cover of times magazine Sade is recognized as one of the best artist of her time.
The new live-set "Lovers Live" was released 18. February 2002 and is available on CD, DVD and VHS. "Lovers Live" was filmed and recorded on the nine-week US tour that was extended over the summer of 2001 due to popular demand. The DVD includes concert footage, exclusive behind the scenes action and more.