Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Voice Made in Heaven Puts Shy Emeli Back in Spotlight; REVIEW

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Voice Made in Heaven Puts Shy Emeli Back in Spotlight; REVIEW

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Byline: EMELI SANDE St John at Hackney, E5 RICK PEARSON

LIKE the cat that got the cream only to discover it had a dairy allergy, Emeli Sande found fame only to discover she hated the spotlight.

Having released a charttopping debut, Our Version Of Events, sung to President Obama and enjoyed more air time at the London Olympics than Mo Farah, the 29-yearold Scot talked of "just wanting to disappear".

And that is exactly what she did -- the near-fouryear silence broken only recently by single Hurts, a precursor to the album Long Live The Angels, out next month.

In that time she also split with her husband, though the relationship she seemed most interested in last night was the one between her and the Almighty.

St John at Hackney church provided a suitable setting for a set heavy on religious imagery and between-song sermonising. There was talk of "spiritual journeys" and letting one's light shine.

In fairness, Sande's voice sounds like a gift from above, her note-perfect vocals on Heaven a reminder of why her debut sold nearly five million copies. …

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