2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Seal, the British soul and R&B singer-songwriter, has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. He has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. His eighth studio album “Soul 2” pays homage to what has become known in his home country as “Northern Soul” and evokes the spirit of such ‘70s musical giants as Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Smokey Robinson.
Seal’s first “Soul” album captured, by-and-large, the spirit of the ‘60s, with songs of Sam Cooke (a glorious version of “A Change Is Gonna Come”) and Otis Redding, among others, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide and standing as the top-selling album of the decade in France. “Soul 2” leans more to the ‘70s, digging deep into a time in which artists explored new heights of personal expression and cultural openness with equal measures of inventive creativity and populist immediacy.
As a set, they show a time that defies capsulizing and cliches, a time of complex emotions and issues. And it allows Seal to expand the range and talents he’s shown throughout his career, on such hits as his international 1990 Top 10 debut “Crazy” and the 1995 U.S. No. 1 “A Kiss From a Rose,” which earned him Grammy Awards for song of the year, record of the year and best male pop vocal performance.
“These songs have a definite sound to them,” he says. “Of course, I have to say that because I didn’t write them, but they were great songs. And I had such a good time singing them because they mean something to me. They’ve kind of chronicled my childhood and my adolescence.”