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Emeli Sande` is a new name to many in the United States, but is quite a big deal in England. Sande got her big break on Trevor Nelson’s BBC Urban music talent show. After winning the intense competition, she was offered a record deal. The contact fell through, but that didn’t deter Sande` from pursuing her career. During her pursuit of stardom, she wrote songs for Tinie Tempa and Devlin.

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Since the release of her first American album Our Version of Events, Simon Cowell proclaimed her as his “favorite songwriter at the moment.” Beyonce and Stevie Wonder have admitted that they would like to work with her. She is favored by Alicia Keys and vocal goddess–Adele.

Shahid Khan had this to say about working with the UK songstress: “When we started together it took the music to something completely original. It took me out of my jazz piano niche, and it took him out of his urban scene. Then we started writing for pop people.”

At the pace Emeli is going, she will concur the U.S. in no time!

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