Emeli Sandé

The 25-year-old Scottish soul singer Emeli Sandé's given first name is Adele, but she chose to start going by her middle name after that other British soul singer named Adele started hitting it big. Names and nationalities aside, Sandé differs from Adele in her steely songwriting, much grittier stuff than Adele's highly polished pop. Her version of soul has caught on in a big way in Britain: Her debut album, Our Version of Events, won the BRIT Awards' prestigious Critic's Choice Award in 2012 and became the UK's best-selling album of the year. The record, which contains a song co-written by Alicia Keys, the U.S. artist she most resembles, splits the difference between bluesy ballads that show off her powerfully elastic vocals ("Suitcase," "Clown") and sweeping, rhythmic numbers, like the skittering opener "Heaven" and the authoritative "My Kind of Love," which stands out as one of the fiercest love songs written in recent memory. With Emily King, Jenna Andrews. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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