Sade (pronounced "shah-day," ʃɑːˈdeɪ) is an English group, which achieved success in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Its music features elements of soul, jazz, R&B, quiet storm, soft rock, funk, easy listening, and adult contemporary. The lead vocalist, Sade Adu, is the only woman in the band and is the only one to appear on its album and single covers.
On 25 February 1984 Sade released its first UK single "Your Love Is King". On 28 July 1984 it released the debut album Diamond Life in the United Kingdom. In 1984 Sade went on its first UK Diamond Life tour. Augmenting Sade were Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Terry Bailey (trumpet) and Gordon Matthewman (trombone). On 8 December 1984 Sade released its first U.S. single "Hang on to Your Love". On 23 February 1985, Diamond Life was released in the United States. In 1985, Sade won a British Phonographic Institute Award for "Best Album" for the album. The video for "Smooth Operator", directed by Julian Temple, was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards—"Best Female Video" and "Best New Artist".
On 13 July 1985 Sade performed at the Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in London. Sade Adu became the only African artist to appear in front of a live audience of 75,000, and an estimated worldwide television audience of 1.4 billion in 170 countries. On 16 November 1985 Sade released their second album Promise in the United Kingdom. On 21 December 1985 Promise was released in the United States. In 1986 Sade Adu was nominated for an American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist and won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
In 1985-1986 Sade went on its first world Promise tour. Augmenting Sade were Dave Early (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Gordon Matthewman (trumpet), Jake Jacas (trombone & backing vocals), Leroy Osbourne (vocals) and Gordon Hunte (guitar). Sade didn't finish the concert in Frankfurt, Germany, protesting against morbid media attention to private life with friends and families of the band members. On 28 June 1986 Sade performed at the Artists Against Apartheid Concert in the Freedom Festival on Clapham Common in London.
In 1988 Sade went on their world Stronger Than Pride tour. Augmenting Sade were Blair Cunningham (drums), Martin Ditcham (percussion), Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), James McMillan (trumpet) and Jake Jacas (trombone & vocals).
In 1993 Sade went on its world Love Deluxe tour. Augmenting Sade were Leroy Osbourne (vocals), Gordon Hunte (guitar), Trevor Murrell (drums), Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion) and Rick Braun (trumpet). In 1994, Sade won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "No Ordinary Love".
In 1996, Hale, Denman, and Matthewman formed their own band, Sweetback, and released their self-titled first album.
In 2001, Sade went on its U.S. Lovers Rock tour.
In 2004, Sweetback released its second album, Stage 2. In 2005, Sade contributed the bonus track "Mum" to the Voices for Darfur DVD.
|UK||U.S.||U.S. R&B||U.S. AC||IRE||GER||FRA|
|1984||"Your Love Is King" 1||6||54||35||8||7||—||—||Diamond Life|
|"When Am I Going to Make a Living"||36||—||—||—||28||—||—|
|"Hang on to Your Love"||—||—||14||—||—||—||—|
|"Smooth Operator" 2||19||5||5||1||17||11||9|
|1985||"The Sweetest Taboo"||31||5||3||1||11||28||30||Promise|
|1986||"Never as Good as the First Time"||89||20||8||6||29||65||—|
|"Is It a Crime"||49||—||55||—||21||57||46|
|1988||"Love Is Stronger Than Pride"||44||—||—||—||28||51||36||Stronger Than Pride|
|"Nothing Can Come Between Us"||92||—||3||21||—||—||—|
|"Turn My Back on You"||—||—||12||—||—||—||—|
|1992||"No Ordinary Love"||14||28||9||14||—||43||20||Love Deluxe|
|"Feel No Pain"||56||—||59||—||—||80||—|
|1993||"Kiss of Life"||44||78||10||20||—||88||—|
|"Cherish the Day"||53||116||45||—||—||—||—|
|2000||"By Your Side"||17||75||41||18||29||67||—||Lovers Rock|
|2001||"King of Sorrow"||59||—||101||—||—||—||—|
|2002||"Somebody Already Broke My Heart" (Live)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Lovers Live|
1 1985 release in U.S.; follow-up single to "Smooth Operator".
2 1985 release in U.S.