Emeli Sandé on her inspirational father

Monday August 13, 2012

Singer Emeli Sandé, who performed at the Olympic closing ceremony, has said that it was her father who inspired her to pursue a career in music.

On Sunday Emeli wowed audiences as she sang on a newspaper covered stage.

The 25-year-old said her Zambian father Joel, 50, who ran the school choir, sparked her passion for singing.

Emeli, who dropped out of a medical degree at the University of Glasgow in favour of a record deal, said that her dad was "naturally musical" and "the sort of person that could pick up an instrument and play it".

She added: "Music is the main connection I have with my dad ... knowing he was behind me was really important to me. I hope I never let him down."

Photo: © Getty

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