Emeli Sande: I did not feel under pressure with new album
Emeli Sande did not feel under any external pressure making her comeback album.
The 29-year-old singer took a four-year break from the industry following the success of her debut release 'Our Version of Events', but she has revealed that the success of her first release has minimal impact on 'Long Live the Angels', her second studio album.
Emeli shared: "I didn't feel pressure from the outside. When I write I take myself away and surround myself with friends and musicians, people I love, so any pressure comes from me, nitpicking and making it right.
"I wanted to make something that was worth four years out and reflected what those years of growth were for me.
"I wanted to tell a story of survival, that was very honest about the lows and the highs. I wanted to say you can get through it and find self-love, which I found towards the end, that's the message."
Emeli believes she has become more self-aware in recent years, and thinks that is reflected in her new music.
She told the Scotsman newspaper: "I feel like the last four years changed me. I'm much more realistic in my view of the world and my place in it. I have grown up a lot. Before I shied away from being independent and having responsibilities and being a grown up.
"As long as you do your job writing songs, everything is done for you, which is amazing, but I needed to learn grown up skills and develop knowledge and independence, self-awareness and identity.
"Now I'm more confident in what I want to say. It's a cliché, but it's about understanding yourself and your identity. Over this time I stepped into womanhood and adulthood and understood the reality of life. I went on a crash course of life. It was a coming of age."