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Among many English singers and songwriters, who is Adele? What is unique about her? She was an artist who rose to fame due to her distinctive voice and became one of the best-selling artists of all time. 

Her soulful voice filled with emotions and the songs crafted traditionally made her one of the most popular performers. She came from nowhere to establish herself as one of the biggest entertainment brands in the world, right up with Grand Theft Auto, Star Wars, FIFA 2016, and Call of Duty

Moreover, she was achieving in a market that roughly halved its size over the past decade. So apart from her fame, who is adele? And what is her life story? Continue reading to know about her and the success she reached in her field. 

The life of who is Adele 

Who is Adele and what is her success

Early childhood

Adele, fully known as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, was born on May 5th, 1988 in Enfield, North London. She was born to Penny Adkins and Mark Evan, and it was a family with no musical background. 

When Adele was very young and was just 3 years old, her father left her and her mother. So she was raised by her single mother who was 18 years old when Adele was born. She was raised in various working-class neighborhoods of London. 

From four years old, Adele was obsessed with emotive voices and her real musical interest came when she discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald records at a thrift store. Her mother encouraged her to test her limits and explore her creative sides. 

She used to set up a stage show for her in their own home where Adele was the performer and her mother’s friends use to be the audience. She enjoyed singing contemporary pop music and learned to play the guitar and the clarinet. 

When Adele was too little, she spent many hours listening to the spice girls. Her style of music was influenced by these spice girls. Later in life, Adele was heavily influenced by the vocal stylings of female artist Amy Winehouse. And the two later got to perform as a duo together at the Brit Awards.

The interest she had in her music career

At the age of 10, she moved to South London. Adele was not that interested in the traditional classroom settings. She did not enjoy school until she was 14 years old. So at the age of 14, she left public school and attended the BRIT performing arts school. 

Adele too liked to imitate the all-girls band as many teenagers swept with the ‘Spice Girls’ fever in the 90s. She was a fan of British singer Gabrielle. And one day, her father who happened to be a dance producer praised the color of Adele’s voice and so Adele’s spirit in music was lifted. 

The interest adele had in music

Once she got a hold of a real mic, she knew that it was her destiny to be a singer. 

While she honed her talents at a government-funded secondary school for performing arts, she opened a MySpace account to boost her singing career, and she displayed her songs and demos and asked for feedback. Two years after, she got an opportunity to showcase her talent. 

After graduating from BRIT school in May 2006, she toured around with affiliates Jack Penate, Jamie T, and Davendra Banhart. She released an album called “Hometown Glory” through Jamie T’s indie label, Pacemaker records, and it was only available on 7-inch vinyl format. 

This caught the attention of record labels, and she signed a contract with XL recordings. 

How did Adele become famous?

She is known for the emotional connection in her songs. And after being signed to XL, she started to work in the studio on her first album. In January 2008, she released her debut album, 19, and she won the prestigious Brit Critic’s Choice award. The album saw instant success in the U.K. debuting at No.1 and it helped the Single “Chasing Pavements”, to reach the No.2. 

In 2008, she signed a deal with American Label Columbia in Summer 2008, and the album gained real momentum in the States. A series of events helped Adele secure four Grammy nominations. In October, she played on Saturday night live alongside host Sarah Palin, and this made the highest ratings in 14 years. 

According to the Washington Post report, Adele’s debut album hit No.1 on iTunes. Adele won her first Grammy nominations and won two of those in February 2009. 

Through them, she was able to establish her music career firmly as a powerful force. 

Her achievement in music

After the massive success of her debut album. The success of her record took her victory lap in North America. 

Two years later, after she won the Grammy awards,  she dropped her second album “21” on January 19th in the UK. 

She was patient,  more honest,  more forgiving, and more aware of her own flaws, habits, and principles.  She believed that these come within age.  So fittingly this record was called “21“.  This Album became the biggest to date.  It ruled the billboard  Hot 200 chart for multiple weeks and earned the singer a total of six Grammys at the 2012 Grammy Awards. 

The Album 21 of Adele

Additionally, it brought several hit signals that dominated Billboard Hot 100.  This made sales of nearly 17 million copies worldwide and stayed at the top of the charts for longer than any album had. 

She confirmed later that year that she had returned “Skyfall” for the 23rd James Bond movie.  This song went on to become another hit and debuted at number eight on the Hot 100 and was nominated for several prestigious Awards.  This won the best original song Trophies at both the 2013 Golden Globe Award and the 2013 Oscars.

In October 2015,  the album was announced with the title “25”.  A snippet of the first single “Hello” Vos premiered during a commercial break on U.K.’s  ‘The X Factor.  This was released in full a few days later along with its music video. And this became Vevo’s most viewed clip in 24 hours,  dethroning Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.  It spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. 

The sore throat surgery

When everything seemed to go well and she was having a fantastic career. But then while she was singing live on French radio, she felt like someone put a curtain over her throat. She felt like something popped in her throat. 

And then she found out that she had a polyp on her vocal cord that had hemorrhaged. So she had laser surgery where lasers were put down on her throat, cut off the polyp, and kind of laser the hemorrhage back together and fix it. 

When she found out about issues in her vocal cord,  she went to see a doctor,  and he said that she had damaged vocal cords and there was no option but to cancel her remaining shows. It was like the most powerful young voice in the music business had fallen silent. 

To repair the injury, she underwent an incredibly delicate, high-risk medical intervention.  It was risky because the instrument is not allowed to touch any health issues because it would damage the underlayer of Adele’s vocal cords.  If he pierced that,  that would be no way to preserve the power and suppleness of the voice.

Vocal cord microsurgery is considered risky because sometimes it will leave the damaged voice beyond repair. More than physical damage,  the damage to the career was feared a lot. 

But no one could stop her because on February 12th, 2012, three months after her surgery,  she received six awards at the Grammys, including album of the year and song of the year.  This was a cheering comeback story and for the medical specialists, it was a watershed moment. 

Adele’s personal life

adele family and personal life

Who is adele in her personal life? 

She was a smoker who enjoyed smoking cigarettes in the park while strumming her guitar. She used to smoke 25 cigarettes a day. But then she was forced to cancel shows after she lost her voice. 

Adele made her best songs when she was under the influence of a few too many alcoholic drinks. She could actually consume as much as 10 cups of hot beverage with two sugar cubes each day.

So she worried that she would fall ill from smoking. Doctors warned her that her career would end if she didn’t give up smoking. She also quit smoking for her son Angelo and wants to stay healthy for him. 

Adele family

Adele and her father

Adele’s mother turned down Marc’s marriage proposal and didn’t put his name on her daughter’s birth certificate.  But after a few months, they lived together in a council flat in Tottenham,  but they split up when Adele was 9 months old. 

But he was a part of Adele’s life where he used to take her to the zoo in Regent’s Park and teach her to swim at a local leisure center.  He had no formal agreements with her mother about supporting them financially,  but he would hand over a wad of cash or come around with gifts of toys and clothes.

When she was 3 years old, he moved back to South Wales. 

Adele and her mother

Adele’s mother fell pregnant when she was applying for University,  but instead, she chose to have Adele.  She was thrown out of her family at the age of 18 and so she developed a sense of Independence and moved into emergency housing for single mothers and received assistance from the national childbirth Trust to raise Adele

Adele’s mother was 21 years old and had a whole life in front of her.   She determined to take care of Adele and was not going to stop her from living her life.  Her mother was her best friend of Adele,  and she had established her importance in her music career of Adele.  She was the inspiration behind many of the tracks composed by Adele.

Adele’s marriage life 

She began dating her ex-husbands Simon Konecki in October 2011. In 2012, she had a son named Angelo James. And they both got married in 2018. 

But one year later, she announced her divorce from him. They finally got divorced in early 2021 and it inspired her latest album, 30. She said that she was not happy in her marriage life

She was known to keep her private life close to her chest prior to her current relationship with American sports agent Rich Paul. 

Adele’s net worth

Adele net worth and music success

With the addition of the sales of “30”,  Adele’s net worth increased an additional $25 million. She brought in more than $400 million from 2009 to 2019 mostly from record sales and sold-out concerts. 

She is known to be one of the highest-paid celebrities in the world. And according to Celebrity’s net worth, Adele’s net worth in 2022 is a casual $220 million.

Final thoughts

Adele, singer and songwriter’s personal experience shows how to be yourself and move forward in life.  She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the first woman in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist.

From a very young age, she was so much into music and got influenced by many music artists. She was raised by a single mother and got support from her to achieve in music.  Even after sore throat surgery, she was able to give come back by getting several Grammy nominations.

After so many award-winning albums and songs that topped the charts,  Adele has been named one of the best female artists of the 21st Century.

One thing that is unique about Adele is that most of her albums are titled with numbers. This is because Adele titles them based on the age she was when she wrote them. So album 19 was written by Adele when she was 19 years old, and so the albums 21, 25, and 30. 

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