Emeli Sande: ‘I Found My Identity In Music’
Emeli Sande recently spoke to The Sunday Times magazine, revealing that growing up as a mixed-race girl in Scotland was difficult. The ‘Heaven’ singer said her family were the only mixed-race family in the area, adding: "Apart from my sister, Lucy, there was nobody else there who looked like me…"
The 24-year-old continued: "People knew you in the village. But any surrounding place you’d go to, you become a spectacle. People would stare and it felt like a big thing."
Emeli continued: "We didn’t experience racism or bullying, or anything like that, but I was aware of my difference and it took me a long time to work out where I fitted in.
"And I think I found a lot of my identity in music….They [her parents] didn’t want to fight my battles; they wanted me to be strong and find my own way to deal with it."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)