Our Version of Events — the debut album from Capitol Records’ artist Emeli Sandé — debuted on the UK Album Chart at No. 1 this week. Due for release in the U.S. on June 5th, Our Version of Events is a powerful platform for Sandé’s rich, soulful voice and sophisticated songwriting. As Q magazine put it: “She’s made an album that deserves to linger in the limelight — passionate, powerful, and possessed of real star quality.” A heady and complex soundscape to showcase her towering talent, Our Version of Events is rife with raw emotion, while bearing a sharp and shining retro-futurist feel.
Sandé will make her North American live debut with a string of stateside showcases beginning Monday, February 27th. In addition to private shows in New York City and Los Angeles, she will perform for the public in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Toronto before returning to the U.S. this summer to open a series of arena shows for her Capitol Records’ label mates Coldplay, whom she toured with in the UK in December.
The Scottish-born singer and songwriter won the 2012 Critics Choice Award at the BRITs (recent winners include Adele and Florence + the Machine) and was also nominated for “Breakthrough British Artist” this year. Besides the industry embrace, critical acclaim, and radio success she’s already earned in the UK, Sandé’s fellow artists are also lining up. With Coldplay tapping her for opening slots on both sides of the Atlantic, other early admirers include Alicia Keys who has been quoted saying “She’s a magnificent new artist…I just love her style and her flow.” Keys also co-wrote and produced the track “Hope” on Our Version of Events and has been writing with Sandé for her next album. Finally Adele was moved to Tweet “How incredible is she?” upon seeing Sandé perform on Later…with Jools Holland.
Emeli’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
02/27 New York, NY The Box (private showcase)
03/01 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery (private showcase)
03/02 San Francisco, CA Café du Nord
03/05 Minneapolis, MN Dakota
03/07 Toronto, ON The Drake
Emeli’s tour dates opening for Coldplay are as follows:
07/23 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
07/24 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
07/26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
07/27 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
07/29 Boston, MA TD Garden
07/30 Boston, MA TD Garden
08/01 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
08/03 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
08/04 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
08/07 Chicago, IL United Center
08/08 Chicago, IL United Center
08/10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center
08/11 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center