DWTS Performance Preview - Jason Derulo and Emeli Sande

By MusicLounge May 03, 2013

DWTS Performance Preview - Jason Derulo and Emeli Sande

Two of today's fastest rising musical stars, both Jason Derulo and Emeli Sande will be appearing on Dancing With The Stars next week to perform live on the show.

 

A fervent singer-songwriter since the age of 10, the now 24-year-old Emeli Sandé got her first big break while still a teenager. But instead of signing to a label, she put her music career on hold and embarked on a six-year degree in medicine. In 2010, with just a year to go, she decided to take time out from her medical studies and dedicate herself to her music full-time, signing a record contract and beginning work on her debut record.

Sandé gracefully flaunts her rich voice and penchant for sophisticated melody on Our Version of Events. The album reveals her to be an uncompromising creative force in the vein of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. Throughout Our Version of Events, Sandé creates a heady and complex soundscape to showcase her towering talent. There’s the strings-drenched epic “Daddy” and the hypnotic “Heaven” But while the record bears a sharp and shining retro- futurist feel, it’s also rife with raw emotion—a phenomenon that Sandé credits to a dogged commitment to acting on instinct.

“I’m not too bothered about what category my music goes in and there’s no point in limiting in who you can reach, but I want it to be respected,” she says. Sandé has already been announced as the winner of the coveted BRIT Critics Choice Award for 2012 and in an unprecedented twist, was also nominated as Breakthrough Artist at this year’s BRITs as well.

“You get so many opinions of which direction you should be going in, and you hear horror stories of people writing 400 songs and the album being shelved,” she says. In Sandé’s estimation, it’s far better to “come knowing what you wanna do. And I know what I want to do.” 

 

Jason Derulo

Following a tumultuous 2012, Miami-born singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor Jason Derulo is gearing up for his comeback.  Back in January 2012, Derulo suffered a catastrophic neck injury while rehearsing for a world tour to support his sophomore album Future History. He reveals that the "emotionally draining" accident gave him a greater appreciation for life and his career.  "That one experience helped me to grow up in a second," he says. "I was on autopilot.  I was going around the world.  I was performing.  I was just literally going through the motions...When that kind of thing is taken away from you, you realize how much you appreciate what you love doing and who you love."  

After five months of physical therapy and working on his upcoming album, Derulo returned with the lead-single from his third album, “The Other Side.”  Produced by Ammo (Katy Perry, Ke$ha) and Martin Johnson (Taylor Swift, Hot Chelle Rae, Hannah Montana, The Used), “The Other Side” became the #1 most added record on the Top 40 charts in 2013 with over 120 adds across the country in its first week: just 25 stations short of the all-time record set by former touring mate Lady Gaga.

Two album in from bursting on the scene in 2009, Jason has sold over 14 million tracks domestically with almost 10 billion in cumulative radio audience and nearly 700 million views on his YouTube channel due to a string of Top 10 singles: "Watcha Say," "In My Head," "Ridin' Solo," "Don't Wanna Go Home" and "It Girl."  The talented performer has sealed his reputation as a global chart-topping star. He was a five-time winner at the BMI Pop Awards, including being honoured as “Songwriter of the Year” in 2011.  Derulo has also received a string of nominations including nods from the Teen Choice Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, the MOBO Awards and others.

His third, untitled album hits stores this fall.  "I spent a year working on this album, and it's become my best work thus far by far," he says of the upcoming release.  "I wanted to make a record that I wanted to listen to all the time.  Not just this year, not just next year, but for a long time."