Music Mondays: Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé followed a rather unconventional path to a career in music. This Scottish-born singer/songwriter actually spent six years studying medicine before she began actively composing songs for other artists. Now Emeli is out with her own well-received debut album called Our Version of Events. The touching video for her track, "My Kind of Love" is a surprising interpretation, but perhaps serves as a nod to her former career path by highlighting a relationship with someone undergoing medical treatment.

Born Adele Emeli Sandé in rural Scotland, the future star has been putting together songs since she was 10 years old. Her parents both contributed to her musical education and Emeli embraced the works of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. She put her musical aspirations aside, though, to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. Emeli never fully abandoned her penchant for songwriting and began penning tracks for artists like Cheryl Cole, Chipmunk, Professor Green, and Susan Boyle while still in school. With one year left in her studies, she decided to leave school to focus full-time on music. She signed a development deal and Capitol Records released Our Version of Events, which is the best-selling debut album in the UK this year. Emeli is certainly making waves in the industry impressing not only critics (she won the BRIT 2012 Critics' Choice Award), but fellow artists like Alicia Keys. She even got to perform at the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. We love this smart and soulful singer's powerful voice as well as the fact that she courageously risked it all by following her heart.

Check out Emeli's video for "My Kind of Love" below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL's YouTube channel. While you're there, don't forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

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