Anne Hayes then returned to England, taking Sade and older brother Banji with her to live with their grandparents near Colchester , Essex. Beginnings and Diamond Life[ edit ] After completing a three-year course work in fashion design, and later modeling briefly, Sade began backup singing with British band Pride. Diamond Life had international sales of over six million copies, becoming one of the top-selling debut recordings of the '80s, and the best-selling debut ever by a British female vocalist.
Continued success and first hiatus[ edit ] Sade in In late , the band released their second album, Promise , which peaked at number one in both the UK and the US   and became the band's first album to reach number one on the US Billboard The album topped the chart in and spent two weeks at the peak position.
Sade played the role of Athene Duncannon and lent her vocals to the film's accompanying soundtrack. The album peaked at number three on the US Billboard  and has sold 3. In November , the group released their first compilation album, The Best of Sade. The album was another top ten hit in both the United Kingdom and the United States,  certified platinum and four times platinum, respectively.
Lovers Rock and second hiatus[ edit ] Following an eight-year hiatus, the band released their fifth studio album, Lovers Rock , on 13 November and received positive reviews from music critics. Although the single lost out to Nelly Furtado 's " I'm Like a Bird ", it has been listed as the 48th greatest love song of all time by VH1. The tour was announced via the band's website in April Initial dates were rescheduled due to extended rehearsal time. The shows sold well, with many stops adding additional shows.
In August , the tour was extended by eight weeks due to ticket demand. Although many believed the trek would expand to other countries, this did not occur. With over 40 shows, it became the 13th biggest tour in North America, earning over 26 million.
Following the release of Lovers Rock, Sade took a ten-year hiatus, during which she raised her son and moved to the Caribbean. During this time, she made a rare public appearance for an award ceremony that took place in to accept an Order of the British Empire OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music. She recorded a remix of her hit single "By Your Side" for the album and was billed as a co-producer. Soldier of Love, third hiatus and return[ edit ] Sade in The band's sixth studio album, Soldier of Love , was released worldwide on 8 February and was the most recent album in ten years to contain new material.
Soldier of Love became the band's first album to debut at number-one and the band's second album to peak at number-one on the chart. This trek marked the band's first tour in nearly a decade and  ranked 27th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour Mid-Year ", earning over 20 million dollars.
In March , she and the reunited band that also bears her name released the acoustic ballad " Flower of the Universe " for the soundtrack to the Disney film A Wrinkle In Time. About asking Sade to contribute to the album, director Ava DuVernay wrote "I never thought she'd say yes, but asked anyway. BBC called her songwriting "sufficiently soulful and jazzy yet poppy, funky yet easy listening, to appeal to fans of all those genres.
Rapper Rakim of Eric B. Hip hop group Souls of Mischief stated they grew up listening to Sade's music. To be a part of moments like this How much better this There's never been a bad Sade track. I love all different sides. Their marriage ended in Sade has been in a relationship with former Royal Marine Ian Watts since , and from this relationship she has a stepson, Jack.
Morgan has nothing to do with their child and Izaak considers Ian as his father. Honours, awards and nominations[ edit ] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Sade Sade was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE in for services to music, and stated her award was "a great gesture to me and all black women in England".