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Emeli Sande opens up on split in new album

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Danielle McGrane

Emeli Sande faces her marriage break-up head on in her second album.

The Scottish singer, who had the biggest selling album of 2012 with her debut Our Version Of Events (selling 1.39 million copies) went through some enormous personal changes in the process of writing her second album.

Sande married her childhood sweetheart but after a year it was over.

"Nobody wants a relationship to end, especially when you're married, especially when this is a ten-year long relationship," Sande told AAP.

The singer didn't shy away from the emotions she was feeling and poured them into her music.

"It wasn't really a conscious decision, I feel like music really was therapy to me just getting all these emotions out and being able to self-reflect. I'd look back at the lyrics and go 'wow that's how I'm actually feeling' like maybe on the outside I'm not dealing with it and going through it, but it really was therapy for me," she said.

"The songs where I was really telling the truth were the songs that came out the most powerful and I felt had to be on the album."

The result is Long Live The Angels, an inspiring album that charts Sande's journey to self-discovery as she found her own feet, and moved back into the heart of London from rural Hertfordshire.

"I didn't really know who I was without him (her ex-husband) which is difficult but at the same time I've really started to feel a sense of confidence and strength," she said.

Her journey to self-discovery also brought her to Zambia, where her father Joel grew up, and where she met members of her family for the first time sparking a musical awakening.

"It was just music everywhere. We would light fires at night and just sing these incredible harmonies, you can't even put your finger on what the harmony is it's just so natural in everyone's blood, so that really made me understand myself," she said.

Her father has always been influential in her musical career, running the school choir when she was growing up and introducing her to the music of Whitney Huston and Nina Simone.

On this album he features on a track called Tenderly alongside The Serenje Choir from Zambia.

"That trip was really life-changing for me because it's a part of my identity I really had no connection with growing up but it's half of me ... now I know this whole other side of me. It just felt amazing."

*Emeli Sande's album Long Live the Angels is released on November 11

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