She took us around her hometown, kept on chasing pavements and set fire to the rain, but no journey could compete with the adventure that is Adele's stunning career.
The Name’s Adele
Her full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, though you really only need to hear the first. Singer-songwriter Adele rose to fame extremely quickly after her graduation from the BRIT School in 2006. In fact, it was only months later that she’d recorded three songs and sent them to a friend, who uploaded them to the fabled Myspace (who remembers that?!). The songs became an internet success, which led to Adele receiving a phone call from Richard Russell, XL Records boss! The rest is hit making history.
Her debut album 19 came soon after! One song included on the album is “Hometown Glory”, the first that Adele had ever written at the raw age of 16. It was born after her mother tried to persuade her to leave her hometown of West Norwood. Judging by the lyric “the people I’ve met are the wonders of my world”, we can probably guess how that conversation went down!
Cover or No Cover?
Another incredible track from the 19 album is “Make You Feel My Love”, and you may or may not know that this is a song originally written and released by Bob Dylan for his 1997 album, Time Out of Mind. Many have covered the song but it was Adele’s version that the world fell in love with almost instantaneously.
Adele was quite clear to her manager that she didn’t want a cover on her debut album. She was adamant that “it kind of implies that I’m incapable of writing enough of my own songs for my first record”. However, once she heard it for the first time she soon agreed that it’s a “stunning song”, and that it summed up everything she wanted to say on the album.
We couldn't leave this incredible talent from our brand new Rockschool Vocals syllabus for 2021. In Grade 4 you can put your own stamp on "Someone Like You" (more on this later) and in Grade 5, "Chasing Pavements". We can't wait to hear your versions of these amazing songs.
On top of that, if you’re a James Bond fanatic, you can give “Skyfall” from our Piano Grade 3 syllabus a go. You’ve already voted for it as one of the Top 10 Rockschool Piano Tunes of all time, so what are you waiting for?
The Comeback QUEEN!
The second album release for Adele would be 21, and would you believe that it far surpassed the success of the first?! With hits like “Rolling In The Deep”, “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire To The Rain” then you may not be at all surprised. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Adele in 2011. Whilst touring 21, Adele suffered a vocal cord haemorrhage. She would need an extended period of rest before she was able to sing again, which is of course devastating for a woman in the peak of her singing career. She had throat microsurgery, and went on to make the comeback to end ALL comebacks!
Billboard Artist of the Year, Billboard 200 Album of the Year, Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year, a modest 6 Grammy’s… the list goes on for the awards that were showered upon Adele and 21. It turned out to be, and still is, the best-selling album of the 21st century. So how’s that for a recovery?
We couldn't possibly finish up on this blog without talking about the new album. 30 is everything we've come to expect from Adele and we're obsessed with it. Check it out if you haven't already!