It was a whirlwind of a year in 2011 for Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé and it looks like 2012 will be just as successful.
The chart-climbing Aberdeenshire star is planning a return gig at Aberdeen Music Hall, hot on the heels of her success performing with top British band Coldplay.
The 24-year-old was originally scheduled to play the city centre venue last month but had to postpone when she was asked by Coldplay to perform with them on their European tour.
The Alford born artist has won the Brits Critics Choice award, 2012 which rewards up-and-coming talent. She will collect her Brits prize at the ceremony which is taking place on February 21.
Previous winners of the critics choice award include Adele, Jessie J and Florence And The Machine.
Sandé who gave up studying medicine at the University of Glasgow to pursue her career in music, has already achieved top ten hits with solo singles Heaven and Daddy.
She also appeared on Professor Green’s number one hit Read All About It, and is currently supporting Coldplay on their European tour.
She was a fourth year medical student in Glasgow when, while vacuuming her bedroom, she wrote the hook for a song called Diamond Rings and gave it to rapper Chipmunk.
Released as a single, with Sandé on guest vocals, it became a top 10 hit and EMI handed her a publishing deal. She has written for a number of artists, including Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Preeya Kalidas, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, and Tinie Tempah.
Sandé’s rescheduled Music Hall gig (due to her tour with Coldplay) will now take place on Friday, April 6, and tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
In the meantime, the former Alford Academy pupil will be travelling to Paris, Cologne, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Frankfurt and Berlin on the Coldplay tour.
Sandé has been described by Simon Cowell as “his favourite songwriter at the minute” and her debut album, “Our Version of Events” is due to be released in February.
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