Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, more commonly known as simply Adele, is a Grammy award-winning English singer and songwriter born in Tottenham, North London on May 5, 1988. She is known for her vocal range and striking voice as well as her introspective and emotionally-charged music that taps into the uncertainties of life. Her impressive career includes a multiplatinum-selling debut album (19), two Grammy and Brit Awards, multiple world tours, and numerous number-one singles in countries around the world.
Adele experienced a rather impressively rapid rise to fame, even given her prodigious gifts and undeniable talent. Her first album, 19, was released in 2006 and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide as of 2020, with certified sales of 7Ã— platinum in both the UK and US markets. The album not only reached number one in the UK but also reached gold and platinum status in countries as far away as Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Singapore, and Mexico. It featured hit singles such as daydreamer, Chasing Pavements, and Cold shoulder, amongst others.
Her success with her debut album started her quickly and steadily meteoric rise, with a number of major awards soon to follow. In February 2009, Adele won her first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Less than a year later, in January 2010, she released her much-anticipated second album, 21, which received critical praise around the world. In 2012, she sealed her dominance of the music industry by sweeping every one of the categories she was nominated in, including best female pop vocal performance and best pop solo performance, at the Grammy Awards.
As her success, recognition, and respect in the music industry grew, Adele embarked on a number of world tours. She has performed to sold-out crowds in arenas and stadiums in every corner of the world, her most memorable performance taking place at London's Wembley Stadium on July 2, 2016, where she performed for more than 120,000 fans. In 2020, 18 years after the release of her debut studio album 19, Adele broke Taylor Swiftâ€™s record for The Biggest 25-Song Collection by Any Female Artist in English Market.
Despite her phenomenal success, Adele hasn't let the fame go to her head and remains remarkably down-to-earth and unaffected by the industry's trappings of decadence and ego. Although her natural ability has played a large part in her success, Adele is careful to constantly work on honing her craft - famously took part in a week-long vocal program to improve her vocal range before embarking on her first tour.
That is something which may be taken as a key to her lengthy musical career, since she is only in her mid-thirties. It is quite safe to say that Adele is just warming up and has at least another two decades of influential, emotionally charged music still to come.