The woman who gave the world a built-to-last classic with 21 is far from alone in her gift of ageless, soulful songs focused around a big, captivating voice. From her English contemporaries to the legends who preceded her to international up-and-comers, these are 20 Adele-adjacent artists we think you'll dig.
If someone's capable of entering Adele's hallowed sphere of co-writers, you can bet they've got some common DNA. Tobias Jesso Jr., the 30-year-old Vancouver native, worked on 25's "When We Were Young"—the second taste Adele offered from the album—and released his own debut, Goon, this past March.
Born to parents from Jamaica and Saint Kitts, Laura Mvula's background in a cappella and gospel choir has led to a pair of eclectic, excellent LPs. Her range is vast, and her piano skills are emotive. She's also gone the Adele route with a sweeping song for an action film, this past August's "You Work for Me," "inspired by" The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Something about British twenty-somethings with pipes, a piano and a penchant for the sounds of yesteryear never gets old. Emili Sandé—whose real first name is Adele, whaaaat—is at the front of the pack.
One more piano-playing English chanteuse with a gift for sorrowful songs, 19-year-old Birdy has an easy in for you: At age 14, she dropped a gorgeous cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." (More on her "Let It All Go" collaborator RHODES in a sec.)
The truly legendary, utterly unique High Priestess of Soul's work is a way station every music fan must reach on his or her lifelong journey—and there's no time like now, while you're in the Adele Zone, to become friends with Nina Simone.
Ah, another Londoner who both adores the past and makes it her own. Paloma Faith has more of a predilection for the upbeat and dancey than Adele, but her little trills and accents are of a piece with She Who Sells Tens of Millions of Albums.
Only know Ms. Winehouse by reputation and "Rehab"? No conversation about British neo-soul would be complete without her and Ms. Adkins. Try delving further into the late singer's discography; gems await.
Also, they performed together at the BRIT Awards back in 2008!
The "Better in Time" and "Bleeding Love" singer tends to function as more of a traditional modern pop diva than Adele, but Leona Lewis' pipes are undeniable, and equally capable of turning you into a puddle.
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