Song of the Day, December 26: Breathing Underwater by Emeli Sandé

emeli-sande-breathing-underwaterToday’s song is an amazing burst of growth from a rich musical talent. Emeli Sandé achieved great success with her first album, Our Version of Events, going multiple platinum and logging four Top 10 hits in her native Britain. In the wake of that success, her marriage disintegrated and she buried herself in touring and collaborating on other people’s albums. After a break to re-energize herself, she crafted her sophomore effort, Long Live the Angels, a stunning disc that demonstrates renewed confidence and greater musical complexity.

The standout track is the anthemic Breathing Underwater. Drawing on gospel traditions and the lyrical power of her idol, Nina Simone, Sandé celebrates the power of a spirit tested and renewed. Each challenge she notes is listed as an opportunity for growth. The tone is mature and celebratory, and she makes the most of her powerful voice.

Enjoy this amazing song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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