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Emeli Sandé knew she'd be a singer at seven

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Emeli Sandé knew she'd be a singer at seven

Emeli Sandé knew she would be a singer when she was just seven years old after she heard Mariah Carey's music.

The 29-year-old singer/songwriter's parents "recognised" her musical talent at a young age and after they introduced her to the songs of the 'Fantasy' hitmaker she knew she was destined for a career in the music industry.

Speaking in a live question and answer session on with her followers on Twitter on Friday (11.11.16), the 'Hurts' warbler was asked if she always wanted to be a musician, she said: "Yes since I was seven, when my parents recognised I had a talent and introduced me to Mariah Carey. #LLTA (sic)."

The pop powerhouse has always been a "die-hard" fan of Mariah, and when she collaborated with the late Whitney Houston it was "a big moment" in Emeli's life.

She explained: "It is a little bit impossible to choose my favourite Mariah song because I'm a die-hard fan. But when Mariah and Whitney came together to do 'There Can Be Miracles' that was a big moment in my life."

Emeli has just released her new album 'Long Live the Angels' and she had an "amazing time" creating the LP, but producing the single 'Babe' was her "favourite moment".

And Emeli has revealed the track features "actual sirens", which were picked up when she was writing the hit in her kitchen with Philip Leigh.

Speaking about the song, Emeli - whose real name is Adele Emily Sandé - said: "I had an amazing time creating all of the album, but one of my favourite moments was creating 'Babe' and I wrote that song with Philip Leigh and we're in my kitchen in Bethnal Green, and the sirens you hear in the track were actual sirens coming through the window. I just love the track. It just makes me feel so good."