New Contest for my Portland Peeps! Enter to win 2 tickets to see Emeli Sande at the Doug Fir Lounge, 2/2!
A fervent singer-songwriter since the age of 10, the now 24-year-old Emeli Sandé got her first big break while still a teenager. But instead of signing to a label, she put her music career on hold and embarked on a six-year degree in medicine. In 2010, with just a year to go, she decided to take time out from her medical studies and dedicate herself to her music full-time, signing a record contract and beginning work on her debut record.
Sandé gracefully flaunts her rich voice and penchant for sophisticated melody on Our Version of Events. The album reveals her to be an uncompromising creative force in the vein of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. Throughout Our Version of Events, Sandé creates a heady and complex soundscape to showcase her towering talent. There’s the strings-drenched epic “Daddy” and the hypnotic “Heaven” But while the record bears a sharp and shining retro-futurist feel, it’s also rife with raw emotion—a phenomenon that Sandé credits to a dogged commitment to acting on instinct.
“I’m not too bothered about what category my music goes in and there’s no point in limiting in who you can reach, but I want it to be respected,” she says. Sandé has already been announced as the winner of the coveted BRIT Critics Choice Award for 2012 and in an unprecedented twist, was also nominated as Breakthrough Artist at this year’s BRITs as well.
“You get so many opinions of which direction you should be going in, and you hear horror stories of people writing 400 songs and the album being shelved,” she says. In Sandé’s estimation, it’s far better to “come knowing what you wanna do. And I know what I want to do.”
So who wants tickets to see the amazing Emeli – THIS Saturday at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon? (Love that place!) I’ll be there watching the show myself! If you want tickets, enter in the comments below! I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday!
Want to see Emeli but you don’t live in Portland? Fear not! There are still dates left on her schedule! Check her out when she comes to your town!
Feb 01 Seattle, WA Crocodile* TIX INFO
Feb 02 Portland, OR Doug Fir TIX INFO
Feb 04 San Francisco, CA Independent TIX INFO
Feb 06 Los Angeles, CA El Rey TIX INFO
Feb 07 San Diego, CA House of Blues* TIX INFO