Seal (musician)


Seal (musician)

Infobox musical artist |
Name= Seal



Img_capt = Seal in Frankfurt, Germany (2006)
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel
Born = birth date and age|1963|2|19|mf=y
Died =
Origin = London, England
Instrument = Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Occupation = Singer-songwriter, musician
Years_active = 1989–present
Label = ZTT Records
Sire Records
Warner Bros. Records
URL = http://www.seal.com

Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel (born February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London) is a British soul singer and songwriter. [http://www.askmen.com/toys/interview_100/102_seal_interview.html AskMen.com Bio] His name Olusegun means "God is victorious". [ [http://www.nigerian.name/w/index.php?title=Olusegun Olusegun meaning] Known professionally by his first name, Seal (pronounced "see-ell")clarify is known for his numerous international hits and his marriage to supermodel Heidi Klum.

Childhood and early life

Seal was born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel in Paddington, a district of the City of Westminster in inner London, to a Nigerian mother and a Brazilian father. He graduated with a degree in architecture, and worked in various jobs in the London area. Seal got his famous characteristic facial scars as a result of discoid lupus, which, additionally, caused some hair loss. [ [http://futureloveparadise.co.uk/qna/03scars.html Seal's Future Love Paradise: Q & A: Where did Seal get those facial scars? ] ]

Music career

Early career

After a short time singing in local clubs and bars, in the 1980s he joined Push, a British funk band, and toured with them in Japan. In Asia, he joined a blues band in Thailand for a while before separating from the group and journeying throughout India on his own. When Seal arrived back in England, he met Adamski, a producer who was impressed by him. He was given the lyrics of the song "Killer", which was a huge hit in 1990.

"Seal [1991] "

Seal first came to public attention as vocalist on the Adamski single "Killer" in 1990. The single eventually reached number one in 1990 in the UK. Seal subsequently signed to ZTT Records and released his debut album (produced by Trevor Horn), self-titled "Seal", in 1991. Two versions of the album are known to be in circulation: the original " [http://futureloveparadise.co.uk/anthology/disc-album/seal1edit.html premix] " version and a second, more common version with an updated mix. This is attributed to the demand for a produced single rushing the final album edit, and as Seal puts it, his and producer Horn's "inability to let go." [ [http://futureloveparadise.co.uk/index.html?s=anthology&d=disc-album&p=seal1edit Future Love Paradise - 10 Years on and Still the Web's Best Source of Seal Info ] ]

"Seal" was positively received by critics. The singles "Crazy", "Future Love Paradise", and his own rendition of "Killer" performed well on the charts. In particular, "Crazy" became a hit in the United States in 1991, reaching number seven on the Billboard Music Charts and number two in the U.K. [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/bio/index.jsp?pid=5630 Billboard.com - Biography - Seal ] ]

In April of 1992 Seal performed with the surviving members of the rock band Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Seal performed on his own singing the 1986 hit Who Wants To Live Forever and joined the rest of the acts for the all star finale singing We Are The Champions.

"Seal II [1994] "

His second album, also self-titled "Seal", was released in 1994. A success, the album featured the singles "Prayer for the Dying" and "Newborn Friend", later receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. "Prayer for the Dying" became a minor pop hit in the U.S., peaking at #21 on the Billboard charts. A third single, "Kiss from a Rose", performed modestly when released but was later featured in the film "Batman Forever". "Kiss from a Rose" won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1996, becoming Seal's best performing single on the US market (it topped the Billboard Hot 100 in late August 1995). It is considered his signature song. Later, he recorded a cover of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle" for the "Space Jam" soundtrack.

"Human Being"

After the release of his previous album, in 1998, Seal released "Human Being". The album was the product of a turbulent time in his life, including a split and later reconciliation with producer Horn as well as Seal's parting with ZTT Records and his signing with Warner Bros. Records in 1997. The record was panned upon its release. However, it received Gold record certification by the RIAA just two months after its release date. [ [http://www.riaa.com/ RIAA.com] "Human Being" Gold certification date 01/22/1999, Retrieved July 12, 2007] The album provided three singles, "Human Beings", "Latest Craze", and "Lost My Faith".

"Togetherland"

In 2001, fans awaited the arrival of a new album, announced as "Togetherland". However, after a protracted post-production period the album was cancelled. The official word was that Seal simply didn't think it made the grade, although this conflicts with [http://www.angelfire.com/co2/redwolf707/seal.html other reports] that said the album was turned down by the label because producers felt the album wouldn't be commercially successful. Even so, one single was released from the album. "This Could Be Heaven" was released in the US and featured on "The Family Man" soundtrack. Since December 2006, Seal has indicated that he has plans to excerpt cuts from "Togetherland" and make them available for streaming download. The complete or edited versions of the songs "All I Wanted To Say," "Elise" (also known as "Eliz"), "Love Is Better," and "This Could Be Heaven", are available as streaming audio only on Togetherland co-producer [http://www.henryjackman.net/ Henry Jackman's website] .

Meanwhile, Seal co-wrote and provided vocals for the hit single "My Vision" from Jakatta in 2002. He also recorded a successful duet with French icon Mylène Farmer called "Les Mots" during that same period.

"Seal IV"

In 2003, Seal released his fourth album, which was again self-titled, except for Australia, where it was released under "Seal IV". Although it did not sell as well as either of his first two albums, this release brought him back into the public eye in the United States and continental Europe. Singles from the album included "Waiting For You", "Get It Together", and "Love's Divine" (released in 2004, and a big hit in several European countries).

"Greatest Hits Album: Best 1991-2004"

In 2004, a greatest hits album entitled "Seal: Best 1991-2004" was released, including a cover of the Bacharach / David classic "Walk on By" and a cover of Echo and the Bunnymen's song "Lips Like Sugar". Also for a small additional fee the album could be bought with a limited edition acoustic CD with acoustic covers of songs such as "Killer" And "Kiss from a Rose".

"Live in Paris"

Also in 2004, Seal performed shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. The July 6, 2004 show was recorded and released about one year after as CD/DVD package, simply titled "Live in Paris".

"One Night to Remember"

In June 2005, Seal recorded a special concert which was subsequently released in 2006, entitled "One Night to Remember", as CD/DVD combination. The DVD includes a special "the making of" documentary in addition to the live performance. Recorded in a historic steel mill, the "Altes Kesselhaus" ("old boiler house"), in Düsseldorf, Germany, this performance includes a special version of Brahms' "Lullaby" which Seal sings in German and then in English for the exclusive audience. Unlike earlier recordings in which Seal is accompanied by his band, a full orchestra and choir of 52 musicians accompanies the singer.

"System"

"System" was released in the UK on November 12, 2007 and in the U.S. on November 13, 2007.cite
url=http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/51003/seal-system/
title=Seal — "System"
work=Pop Matters Music Review
author=Joseph, Mike
publisher=PopMatters.com
date=2007-11-13
] Seal describes the album as more dance-oriented, apparently a return to the roots of his first album. On the track titled "Wedding Day", Seal sings a duet with his wife, model Heidi Klum.The album's first single, "Amazing", was released on September 25, 2007, and was nominated for the "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" Grammy at the 2007 50th Annual Grammy Awards. [ [http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/ GRAMMY.com ] ]

Seal performed "Amazing" and the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" at the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.

Seal also performed "Amazing" at the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in December, as well as the duet "Wedding Day" with his wife. Other performers at the 2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show include the Spice Girls and will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas. He appeared on the American Idol Season 7 Finale, singing with third-place contestant Syesha Mercado.

"Soul"

Seal's seventh studio album "Soul" will be released on 11 November 2008 and contain twelve soul classics produced by David Foster. [ [http://www.seal.com/video.html Soul] . Seal official website. Retrieved on 4 October 2008.] [ [http://auspop.blogspot.com/2008/10/seals-soul.html SEAL'S SOUL] . "auspOp" (4 October 2008). Retrieved on 4 October 2008.]

Personal life

Seal proposed to German supermodel Heidi Klum on December 24, 2004 at 14,000 ft, in an igloo on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia. [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1013954,00.html]

On May 10, 2005, the couple married on a beach in Mexico near Seal's home on Mexico's luxurious Costa Careyes. [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1059829,00.html]

The couple have two sons together, Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel or Henry Samuel, Jr., born September 12, 2005, in Los Angeles, California [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1103758,00.html?cid=redirect-articles/] and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel, born November 22, 2006, in Los Angeles.Seal is also the stepfather of Heidi's 4-year-old daughter Helene "Leni" Klum, whom Heidi had with Renault Formula One team director and Italian businessman Flavio Briatore. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/heidi-klum-gives-birth/2005/09/13/1126377313883.html] Seal is her only father figure, and he has praised Briatore for keeping his distance and not disrupting Leni's life. [http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/07/leni-henry-samu.html]

Discography

tudio albums

*1991 "Seal"
*1994 "Seal"
*1998 "Human Being"
*2003 "Seal IV"
*2007 "System"
*2008 "Soul"

Unreleased

*2001 "Togetherland"

Other albums

*1991 "The Acoustic Session"
*1991 "Violet: Acoustic EP"
*2004 "Best 1991-2004"
*2005 "Live in Paris"
*2006 "One Night to Remember"
*2008 "Live in Hattiesburg"

DVDs

*2004 "Videos - 1991 - 2004"
*2005 "Live in Paris"
*2005 "Live At the Point - 1992"
*2006 "One Night to Remember"

ee also

*List of musicians with multiple self-titled albums
*List of number-one hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
*List of number-one dance hits (United States)
*List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart

References

* Entertainment Weekly, June 3, 1994.
* Guitar Player, October 1994.
* The Independent, May 12, 1994.
* Metro Times (Detroit), June 22, 1994.
* Q, July 1994.
* Rolling Stone, November 28, 1991; August 25, 1994.

External links

* [http://www.seal.com/ Official site]
*MusicBrainz artist|id=f053ae01-dae6-4aae-9883-e8c279fdbef4|name=Seal
*imdb name|id=0780499|name=Seal
* [http://seal.imeem.com Seal's imeem page featuring his entire catalog]
*MySpace|id=seal|name=Seal
*Violet EP at Amazon [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000JQ3KQG]
*The Acoustic Session at Amazon [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00122MY04]


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