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Emeli Sandé is breaking records in the U.K. and crossing to over to American audiences. Her soulful debut album Our Version of Events is making waves with some of the largest acts, including Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. And, the Scottish singer-songwriter held her own among the heavy-hitters at Wango Tango.

PHOTOS: Emeli Sandé live at Wango Tango 2013



Sandé’s soulful yet powerful voice and R&B style slowed the tempo of the show, but in an inspiring way. There wasn’t very much flash in the set because it wasn’t necessary.

PHOTOS: Emeli Sandé Wango Tango interview



Everyone in the crowd didn’t just hear, but also felt Sandé’s words as her passionate vocals contrasted from the silence in a way that you could hear the echos fade in between every bar.

The singer then picked up the pace, but remained soulful, with the track “Next to Me.” The chorus rang out as the audience sang, “Next to Me. Oooh oooh.” You could see how much the song meant to people in the crowd. Many sang every word or closed their eyes and listened.


The crowd went crazy when Sandé invited Labrinth on stage for his down tempo track, “Beneath Your Beautiful” from the album Electronic Earth.

The set was so powerful that the crowd roared, but when Sandé left the stage the audience fell silent, as if reflecting on the experience they just had.

PHOTOS: Labrinth backstage at Wango Tango 2013



Fans can expect to hear a lot more about Sandé in the coming months. She’s included in The Great Gatsby soundtrack, with a cover of Beyoncé’s track, “Crazy in Love.”