“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”  ~Ella Fitzgerld

HAPPY FRIDAY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!! The weekend’s just around the corner and here we are grooving in a new month,  a new year, with a new artist, a new story of inspiration, and heart warming songs for the next four weeks….

Recording Artist of The Month: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.

Adele  was born on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, London, and began singing at age four asserting that she became obsessed with voices. Early on, Adele developed a passion for music, gravitating toward singers like Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child. But her true, eye-opening moment came when she was 15 and happened upon a collection of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald records at a local shop. “There was no musical heritage in our family,” Adele told The Telegraph in a 2008 interview. “Chart music was all I ever knew. So when I listened to the Ettas and the Ellas, it sounds so cheesy, but it was like an awakening. I was like, oh, right, some people have proper longevity and are legends. I was so inspired that as a 15-year-old I was listening to music that had been made in the ’40s.”

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West Norwood, where she and her mother returned to in 1999, is the subject for Adele’s first record, “Hometown Glory”, which she wrote and composed in 2004 when she was only 16 years old. Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006, crediting the school with nurturing her talent even though, at the time, she was more interested in going into Artists and repertoire         ( A&R) with hopes to launch the careers of others.

Her first two albums, 19 and 21, earned her critical praise and a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers, with the artist selling millions of albums worldwide and winning multiple Grammys.

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