The 80s weren’t simple for my dad and mom. My mum is English and Dad is from Zambia, the place he’d been a high engineer, however he couldn’t discover work after transferring to the UK – he was a window cleaner for some time. It was an honourable job, however he was at all times looking for a approach out.
Scottish nature is beautiful. We moved to Aberdeenshire once I was 4 and at weekends we’d take a picnic and an inflatable boat to the River Don. You are taking these moments as a right as a child.
All people’s a musician in Zambia. Visiting household there gave me a deeper understanding of myself. It was so alien being brown in Scotland. Culturally, I didn’t absolutely slot in both place, however for a lot of mixed-race folks that’s the life you agree with. You must be a citizen of the world.
Mum and Dad knew I cherished music from a younger age. We couldn’t afford tickets to Cinderella, so Mum cycled to work as an alternative of taking the bus till she’d saved sufficient cash. I watched The Little Mermaid repeatedly, and my dad wrote out all of the lyrics of Below the Sea, so I may practise singing.
My associate and I met once we collaborated on a monitor for my new file. Having her data as a classical pianist was lovely. Slowly we received nearer… and right here we’re. It’s so good to have a chunk of music to mark how we met.
Popping out this yr taught me that it’s important to be your self. I’m fortunate to reside in a spot the place I can announce my relationship with a girl.
All people is non secular. Once I was youthful I learn the Bible and tried to seek out religion there. Now I feel on a wider scale.
Rihanna informed me she appreciated my hair and I used to be so starstruck, I actually couldn’t communicate and simply stared at her. Subsequent time, I’ll have a script prepared.
Receiving an MBE for my companies to music was a proud second. There’s rejection and hardship earlier than you break into this business, so recognition at any stage is at all times pretty.
Chopping my hair was most likely the place to begin of embracing myself. We attempt to management the pure issues about ourselves as a result of we’ve been informed to be one thing else. Each a part of my life now could be genuine and it feels so refreshing.
My mum has at all times stated that you may’t please everyone and need to let go every so often. It’s a aid to let life circulate.
Pigeons scare me. I had a face-off with one as soon as, and the pigeon gained. It unfold its wings, made the loudest sound ever and I fell and twisted my ankle. Everybody in my household laughs about it.
Emeli Sandé’s new album, Let’s Say for Occasion, is out on 6 Might on Chrysalis Data