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Remarkable young soul singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé will be one of three featured headliners at this year’s Capital Pride Festival, Metro Weekly can confirm today. Sandé is to perform Sunday, June 9, during the 4 p.m. hour on the Capitol Stage, set up on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, with the U.S. Capitol as a dramatic backdrop.
“We are thrilled to have Emeli perform and experience the great atmosphere and energy that our community brings to the festival each year,” Ryan Bos, executive director of the 38th Capital Pride, said in a statement. The 24-year-old Sandé recently told Metro Weekly that she feels a special connection to the gay community. “I understand how it feels to feel different,” she said, “and to feel like you want to find others, you want to find a community and be a part of something.” Born to a father from Zambia, Sandé stood out as a kid in rural Scotland. She took refuge in the world of soul and R&B music, which is reflected on her stunning 2012 debut Our Version of Events. The set recently won a 2013 Brit Award as British Album of the Year.
Sandé brought down the house at a concert at the Howard Theatre earlier this year, captivating the crowd with her supple voice, her stirring tunes and her incredible charm and charisma — not to mention her slightly eccentric look. No doubt she’ll repeat the effect in June.