Who is Adele? Idols are sometimes thought of as super-human. But Adele, the famous singer, is a human being, just like everyone else. A human being with a super voice!
Adele was born in Tottenham, England to Penny Adkins and Mark Evans in 1988. The father walked out when Adele was two-years old, leaving the mother to care for young Adele. Adele, allegedly, is still not willing to forgive him to this very day.
Adele sang before the age of five and claims that she has been obsessed by voices nearly all her life. Her major influence seems to be Spice Girls; of whom she does a fine impersonation. In order to make Adele look more like the singer Gabrielle, her mom designed a sequin-covered an eye covering for her to wear. The singer said it was quite embarrassing. After moving to Brighton for a few years, Adele and her mom went back to London; first to a place called Brixton, then to West Norwood (which just happened to be the subject of her first record, written when Adele was only sixteen. It was in London that Adele began to discover and enjoy Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child. She also enjoys, and is influenced by, Pink.
Adele was discovered just a few months after graduation and has been making music news ever since. In 2008, she became the first recipient of the BRIT Awards Critic’s Choice and was predicted to be the number one musician through the entirety of the year. If one listens to her singing, they will certainly know why. Adele has a beautifully lush and airy voice. The reviews and awards continue to pile up for the young wonder-girl. However, near the end of 2008, Adele broke off many of her touring dates due to a drinking problem and alleged relational problems with a boyfriend she had been seeing. It appeared that her American breakthrough was over. Then, she did an episode of Saturday Night Live which also featured the then vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The show was the most-watched episode in 14 years, with over 17 million viewers. Her Album “Chasing Pavements” then went from number 46 on the Billboard 200 to number 11 in a matter of days. By the end of 2009, the album had sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Her success continues to increase today. She garnered several awards and sold thousands of albums in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The future still looks bright for Adele.