Born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria, about 50 miles from Lagos, Sade was the daughter of an African father and an English mother. She grew up in London while studying fashion design at St. Martin’s School of Art along with modeling. Adu grew up listening to Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Al Green, & Billie Holiday to name a few. In the 80’s she sung harmony with a Latin funk group called Arriva then joined the eight-piece funk band Pride as a background singer. The band eventually signed a deal with the U.K. division of Epic Records under her stage name, Sade. Sade has put out music over the years from 1984-2009. She is still selling out tours all over the world today.