It’s hard to imagine how a child born into a dysfunctional and estranged household could groom herself into an artist par excellence with phenomenal success to her credit.
Born on May 5th, 1988, as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in London, UK, Adele was attracted to music from as young as 4. Her parents did not exactly get along with each other which resulted in the father remaining fully absent during most of her adolescent years. Adele was single-handedly brought up by her mother who had a huge influence on her and encouraged her to explore her creativity. Estranged as she was from her father, she could not give closure to their relationship until he died in 2021. Visceral and vulnerable as she is, we get a sneak peek into the human side of this very talented singer through her album releases and interviews.
Adele grew up listening to Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Etta James, Britney Spears, The Beatles, Jill Scott, Ella Fitzgerald, and even the classics from the ‘40 and ‘50 decades. Her mother ensured they listened to all genres all the time, mostly chart music. She kept perfecting her craft as well as she could till she released her debut album at the age of 19 which was a smash hit! The solo album followed amid much anticipation as she was already well-received and celebrated by the audience for many of her live performances by then.
Her soulful tracks catapulted her to superstardom from where there was no looking back. She was just not sharing her voice with the world but (as fragile as she has always been) bared her soul to it; each album that came out was like a life journal that recorded her growth as a human being. Her songs are about love, friendship, betrayal, loss, heartbreak, and rising from the apocalypse, and are warm and relatable despite the nostalgia and dark streaks in them.
Adele has received numerous awards which include 8 Grammys and an Academy Award and has been the most sought-after voice of the century, and one of the greatest singer-songwriters of modern pop music. For those of you who wish to at least connect, if not meet the star-singer in flesh and blood, we recommend the following ways —
1) Through Adele’s Manager and Agent
If you are here to know how you could book the singer for an event, well you might have to do that through her manager or agent. Fans and event bookers rarely get direct access to their favorite celebrities. Her agent will be able to provide details about everything you need to know before hiring the singer — her availability and pricing. The booking fee will depend on the date, location, and market activity.
Adele’s manager is Jonathan Dickins. For interviews and brand endorsements, her publicist is the right person to approach. Adele’s press and management team handles inquiries regarding interviews, press, and media-related activities.
Here is Team Adele for you. Lucy Dickins, sister of Jonathan Dickins is Adele’s booking and talent agent. Her long-time manager has been Jonathan Dickins. He is the founder and CEO of September Management. And Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh has been reported to be Adele’s publicists.
Connecting with either of the above individuals on social media and then securing an appointment date with them will be your first step toward trying to seal your deal. An appointment will not guarantee your success though, but you can prep to make a lasting first impression in the few minutes they allot to you to present your case. You will stand a good chance of meeting the star if you succeed in breaking the ice.
2) Of Course, Snail Mail Still Works
If you are an old-school fan who would rather send a snail mail than an email to their favorite singer, so be it. There’s a personal touch to sending traditional letters expressing your innermost feelings and deepest admiration for the young star, provided it is kept succinct and the language is innocent. Dramatic displays of intense or romantic feelings are a big no-no and will guarantee the letter getting trashed forever.
Send a properly stamped self-addressed envelope (minimum size 8.5”*4”) with your request letter and a photo. You may place cardboard inside to prevent the photo from bending, and please mention “Do Not Bend” on the envelope before shipping. Please wait patiently for a response from the singer’s team. It usually takes at least 3 months (sometimes more) for them to revert to fan requests. Please note the address below.
William Morris Agency (Talent Agency), UK
100 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1HB, UK
3) Connect Through Social Media Pages
It is also a good opportunity to connect with Adele on her social media pages and website. It is understandable when you feel disappointed despite your best efforts to catch a glimpse of the star from close quarters on meet-and-greets and other promotional events. But the good news is, celebrities are more real and accessible on social media. Please take note of the links to Adele’s social media pages — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Away from the media glare, public attention (many times undesired), and the suffocating crowd, they feel quite at ease and interact more freely with their fans and followers in the virtual space. But the downside is — the conversation is mostly uni-directional. Many times they have privacy settings and choose to answer selectively on their message boards. Your queries or comments are likely to be trailing behind millions. But nothing deters an ardent admirer, right?