Emeli Sande Olympic Opening Ceremony Performance

Emeli Sande Olympic Opening Ceremony Performance

The Scottish-born singer and songwriter will perform the hymn 'Abide With Me' to over a billion people

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Adding to an already whirlwind summer for Emeli Sandé is the news that she is performing during the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games today. The Opening Ceremony is a celebration that showcases the best of the Games’ host nation. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter will perform the hymn 'Abide With Me' (written by the Scotsman Henry Francis Lyte) during the Ceremony from Olympic Stadium in London, which when all is said and done, is expected to be seen by an audience of more than one billion people.

Entitled "Isles Of Wonder," the Opening Ceremony details have been a tightly held secret. As one of only a handful of performers, and the only female vocalist, the Scottish-born singer and songwriter was hand-selected by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, who has overseen the creation of this ambitious display. Performing in the most moving section of Boyle's visionary piece, and one that integrates gorgeous dance and innovative interactivity from the audience, all of Emeli’s formidable vocal talents are put to work as she literally is the gorgeous calm before the whole of the world descends upon the stadium.

Emeli’s debut album Our Version of Events was released on June 5th by Capitol Records and has received rave reviews in the U.S. and abroad. The New York Times called it “striking” and an album with “a number of flawless moments” in its June front-page Arts & Leisure feature on Emeli, adding that “what’s magical about this album is how Ms. Sandé’s stance remains unmistakable regardless of what the backdrop is.” It also goes on to praise her “perspective-altering voice, clear and brassy and weapons-grade.”

Our Version of Events has been certified double-platinum in the UK (marking sales of 600,000) and has remained in the Top 10 on the British album chart since its No. 1 debut in late February. With 22 straight weeks in the Top 10, Our Version of Events is the biggest-selling new album of the year in the UK. Individual sales of the album’s tracks have exceeded the one million mark.

After her performance at the Opening Ceremony, Emeli will return to the U.S. to continue her stint opening for Coldplay, who handpicked her for their summer arena tour. In September, Emeli will perform one night of the month-long iTunes Festival taking place at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, along with Usher, Jack White, Norah Jones, One Direction, and others. She has also announced four headlining shows in the U.S. in October. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.

Don't miss Emeli performing on Today on August 10th (from London) and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on August 22nd.

Emeli’s remaining tour dates opening for Coldplay are as follows:
  • 07/29 Boston, MA TD Garden
  • 07/30 Boston, MA TD Garden
  • 08/01 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 08/03 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
  • 08/04 E. Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Emeli’s headlining October tour dates are as follows:
  • 10/08 Washington, DC Howard Theatre
  • 10/09 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
  • 10/10 Boston, MA Paradise
  • 10/13 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse

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