Although she has been compared to other young UK pop soul starlets like Amy Winehouse and Duffy, Adele has a style all of her own. While she is heavily influenced by old-school female R&B and jazz singers, she filters those influences through a unique, almost folkish sensibility, avoiding the vocal histrionics employed by too many of her contemporaries and sounding wise beyond her years. She found success immediately with her excellent 2008 debut album, 19, whose title was also her age at the time of release, and showed she could also pen her own tunes, often in collaboration with Eg White. In 2009 Adele won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Influenced By: Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin...