I’m uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
– Sade Adu
I have no technical training and am completely uneducated in music.
From being at art college, I’ve always hated people that have the gall to think that they’re being incredibly different when they’re doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they’ve seen someone else doing.
Whatever I’m doing, I’m in that moment and I’m doing it. The rest of the world’s lost. If I’m cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what’s the point of doing it?
I don’t get easily bored. I’m not that kind of person.
I am a reluctant celebrity, in some ways.
Once a song’s out there, it’s no longer mine. And that’s the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.
I don’t like looking outrageous.
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you’ve been an insider.
To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don’t feel it, you have to pretend.
When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.
My father was a very difficult man.
When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
I’m not anti-fashion, but I’ve always had a bit of a punk attitude. That’s important, I think. I do my own thing.
If you’re only making an album every 10 years, it better be good.
The anxiety I feel when I’m late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I’m on time.
All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of ‘Dynasty?’ No thanks!
I’m not over the top; I’m not wacky. I’m fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
London was a really multi-racial city … It’s incredible how comfortable people are with race there.
People generally let me be me. People are aware that I’m not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what.
I’ve never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.
My musical career was an accident.
I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn’t bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I’ve ended up with an educated thug.
I just aspire to pick people up. That’s my ambition.
I’m not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists.