Adele Emeli Sand (born 10 March 1987), better known professionally as Emeli Sand, is a Scottish recording artist and songwriter. Sand first became known to the public eye after she featured on the track 'Diamond Rings' by the rapper Chipmunk (2009). It was their first top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she featured on 'Never Be Your Woman' by the rapper Wiley, which became another top ten hit. Simon Cowell called Sand 'his favourite songwriter at the minute'. She has written for a number of artists, including Cher Lloyd, Parade, Susan Boyle, Gabrielle, Preeya Kalidas, Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole, Tinie Tempah, and Mutya Keisha Siobhan. In 2010, she signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing. She later announced that Virgin Records had given her a record deal. Sand released her first solo single 'Heaven' in August 2011.
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