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Born Helen Folasade Adu, 16 January 1959, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, and known professionally as Sade, she is an English/Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress who performs with her eponymous band. She has been credited as one of the most successful female artists in history and is recognised as an influence on contemporary music. Sade released six studio albums, of which the first three were all certified multiple Platinum. There was an 8-year hiatus between albums #4 and #5 (which was certified x4 Platinum, and received the 2002 Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album), and a 10-year hiatus between #5 and #6. Soldier of Love (#6) was a debut #1 album in the U.S. and was certified Platinum. Her music has encompassed jazz, soul, R&B, soft rock, dub, reggae, neo soul and lovers rock. Her services to music were recognised with an award of an OBE in 2002, and a CBE in 2017.

Adam Schlesinger


Born in NYC, 31 October 1967; died Poughkeepsie, NY, 1 April 2020. AS is an Emmy and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer who is also bassist in the band Fountains of Wayne. He has written songs and musical scores for film, T.V. and Broadway theatre. He was nominated for an Academy Award for the title song of the 1996 film That Thing You Do!

Ed Sheeran


Born Edward Christopher Sheeran, in Halifax, West Yorkshire, 17 February 1991, ES is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He released his debut album “+” in 2011, after signing with Asylum Records. In 2012, he won an Ivor Novello Award for his song “The A Team” (Best Song Musically and Lyrically). In 2015 he won an Ivor Novello for Songwriter of the Year.

Paul Simon


Born in Newark, New Jersey, 13 October 1941, PS is a singer-songwriter and musician, best known for his partnership with Art Garfunkel in the duo Simon & Garfunkel. In 2006, Time magazine called him one of “The 100 People Who Shape Our World”.

Elliott Smith


Born Steven Paul Smith in Omaha, Nebraska, 6 August, 1969, (died L.A., 21 October, 2003), ES was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. Raised primarily in Texas, he lived for much of his life in Portland, OR. Smith suffered from depression, alcoholism and drug dependence, and these topics often appear in his lyrics. He died from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted. He released five albums. Two albums have been released posthumously: From A Basement On A Hill (2004) and New Moon (2007).

Regina Spektor


Born Regina Ilyinichna Spektor, 18 February 1980, in Moscow. RS is an American-naturalised singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her music is associated with the “anti-folk” scene centered on NYC's East Village. She graduated with honours from NYU’s Conservatory of Music in 2001. Her songs show influences from folk, jazz, punk, rock, Jewish, Russian, hip-hop and classical music. Her 2001 debut album, 11:11, was self-released on CD and sold at her early shows. Rarer, now, than hens’ teeth!


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