Emeli Sande doesn’t fit into a box. Her songs are powerful but sweet. The 24-year-old “Next to Me” singer’s voice reaches impressively high notes but maintains a honeyed tone. She was a med student at the University of Glasgow before dropping out to pursue music. And when the Scottish soul singer — and June’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist — stopped by VH1 yesterday, she demonstrated a similar contradiction in her style and manner. She wore got the bleached buzzed haircut and leather jacket of a tough girl, as she smiled so sweetly at our photographer and seemed embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know all the brand names of her awesome ensemble. No worries, we found it all out eventually. Scroll down for the details.
Emeli’s wearing a jacket from All Saints, shirt from Dorga and skirt from Karen Miller. Her watch is Raymond Weil, and she bought the ring on her right hand the last time she was in NYC, in Washington Heights. She kept mum on where her engagement ring is from. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, is due out in the U.S. on June 5.
[Photos by Colin Gray]