I have loved Adele and her voice ever since the first time I heard Hometown Glory in 2007. There are many great singers out there but few who have that special something that makes them enigmatic and have a way with words that makes them able to connect to people on a deeper level through their own joys and heartbreaks.
Adele is gobby, effortlessly funny and incredibly talented beyond her years. Despite her billowing sail of a voice and song-writing abilities, she is a contradiction in terms displaying an unusual mix of defiant confidence and occasional self deprecation which enamours her to the public all the more. These are the reasons I love Adele…
I believe every word that she sings
She suffers from fierce stage fright and gets flustered around celebrities
…just like any of us would! I love that she doesn't see herself as a celebrity. She was quoted as saying in Rolling Stone Magazine “I was about to meet Beyoncé and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous, and said, 'You're amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I'm listening to God'". Adele took inspiration from Beyonce’s on-stage alter ego ‘Sasha Fierce’ and created her own… ‘Sasha Carter’. The composite of Sasha Fierce and late country icon June Carter is apparently pulled out whenever Adele needs to give herself a shot of confidence.
She flies the flag for voluptuous women
She’s not a music snob
Adele has sited everything from the Spice Girls to Etta James as influences on her own style. There's something refreshing about artists who listen to all genres of music regardless of whether they are deemed to be cool or not. This usually results in an more open-minded approach to song writing and style and keeps things fresh.
"No one really mentions my songs. I think they just assume I haven't written them. I've written my whole album. I love love songs. But I love pop music as well: Girls Aloud, Kylie, the Spice Girls, East 17, Mika. I'm not that into credibilit... I mean, of course I wanna be a credible artist but you gotta have a laugh, innit? I used to be obsessed like that, I was a real indie kid, but I'd secretly go home and listen to Celine Dion. She's got proper ballads!"
I love her makeup
Whenever I see her in interviews or performances, her makeup is always immaculate and usually takes on a 60's vibe with thick black eyeliner and nude lips. Her hair is always gorgeous too and I love the reddish, sometimes strawberry blonde colour. This is a great tutorial by Nic at Pixiwoo on how to achieve the Adele look...
Her sense of humour
She has always struck me as the type of girl I would like to have as a friend, with her infectious cackle of a laugh and dirty sense of humour. I always find myself smiling when I watch her in interviews because she comes across as SO down to earth. Stories like this make me laugh:
“Over the Atlantic there was all this turbulence, the plane was shaking and I just stayed watching my film. But then the air hostesses had to put their belts on – and that’s when I started screaming. In economy. There was a five-year-old boy sitting next to me laughing at me ’cos I thought I was going to die. Very embarrassing. So the air hostess gave me wine until I passed out.” She cackles. “I hate flying anyway, that’s one thing I’m dreading doing more of. You’re not supposed to be in the f***ing air! That’s why we have gravity!”
She keeps it real
Adele has made it clear that she doesn't lead a glamourous life away from the camera and gigs. She enjoys the simple things in life and has the same friends and team since she started out in the business. She certainly isn't planning on becoming a diva...
“If I was walking in a straight line, people would walk round me. People fussing over me. Giving me my water in a bottle with a straw. I was like, I can do it myself. I’m not Mariah.”
She even had embarassing crushes as a teenager:
"Will Young was my first proper love. I was obsessed. The Gareth Gates fans were horrible to me and I wasn't having any of it. We had a fight and I was called into the head teacher's office and sent home. It was serious. It was so embarrassing when I met Will. I've loved him since I was 14, and the first thing that came out my mouth was, 'I voted for you 5,000 times!"
She looked and sounded amazing last night performing on Later With Jools Holland!...