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Born May 5, 1988 in north London, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is a soulful singer-songwriter simply known as Adele.
Adele began singing at age 4, and was majorly influenced by soul and R&B artists, primarily Pink, Mary J. Blige, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, graduating in May 2006. In September of that same year, Adele was signed to XL Recordings when her demo was discovered on Myspace. Her first major single, "Hometown Glory," was released in October 2007, and appeared on her debut album, 19.
19 was met with huge commercial success, going double platinum in the US and hitting platinum four times in the UK. Adele had a difficult time breaking into the US market at that point until she appeared as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live in October 2008. 19 topped the iTunes charts the next day and landed the number 11 spot on the Billboard 200. She received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards.
In January 2011, Adele released her second studio album, 21, which was widely known to have been inspired by a recent breakup. The album won her 6 Grammy Awards in 2012, including Album of the Year.
Adele has been named Billboard's Artist of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. She recently won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her song "Skyfall" for the James Bond film of the same name. She is currently working on her third studio album.
On October 19, 2012, Adele gave birth to a son with partner Simon Konecki. This is their first child together.