Emeli Sande

FRESH: ‘Sparrow’ – Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé returns with her stunning new single “Sparrow”.

by Christopher Smith

“Sparrow” is the much-anticipated new single from Emeli Sandé. More than a household name and with one of the most recognizable voices in pop, soul and R&B, she’s the singer-songwriter who knows the unsteady time we’re in and is back with a single to uplift and inspire.

In this time of low self-esteem and shaken identity, “Sparrow” gives courage and hope. It’s a deeply rousing call to action, an anthem of strength with a drumbeat and a gospel choir that complements the urgency and greatness of Sandé’s message.

It was in writing the song that Sandé was able to sit by herself; no producers, no collaborators, and bring to life a striking first line that had been in her mind for years, “I got wind beneath my wings, I think this time I’m gonna make it to morning” begins “Sparrow”, a slow-building, sparse piano melody that grows into a melodious, powerful anthem with a soaring vocal. The process, and the freedom that came with it Sandé says, was spiritual. She felt it spark within her.

With over 340 million video views, 19 million singles sold including 3 number one UK singles and over 6 million albums, Emeli has dominated the music industry and captured the hearts. Her debut album, “Our Version of Events”, released in 2012, was the biggest selling album of that year and the second biggest of 2013. It broke the chart record for the most consecutive weeks inside the top 10, breaking the 50-year record previously held by The Beatles. The Aberdonian has won numerous accolades including 4 x Brit Awards (Critics Choice, Best Album and Female Solo twice, most recently in 2017 for her second album, Long Live the Angels) and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for services to Music.

Having initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chipmunk, the multi-instrumentalist’s solo success saw her become a highly sought-after writer for an array of international acts. Sandé wrote and co-wrote tracks for everyone from Alicia Keys, Rihanna (alongside her friend, the producer Naughty Boy) and Katy Perry. She’s also performed at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics and at the White House for President Barack Obama.

“Sparrow” is a song to bring hope in all its forms, a song to lift us out of the darkness, and let us soar, “It’s hard to find poetry in the world anymore, I miss the romance and I just want to breathe some love into humanity”.

“With the heart of a sparrow, tell me what arrow could ever bring you down?”

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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