Seal

Since the beginning of his career, London-born multi-platinum singer-songwriter Seal has been focused on a single creative pursuit: expressing the full experience of love through song. Seal’s inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 club smash “Killer,” followed by his Top 10 hit “Crazy.” On the heels of his stunning debut album, he went on to win the BRIT Award for Best British Male Artist in 1992, while hits such as “Kiss From a Rose,” memorably included in the Batman Forever soundtrack, earned him multiple Grammy awards and led to worldwide album sales exceeding thirty million. His 2015 studio album, 7, reunited him with longtime collaborator, producer Trevor Horn and yielded the hit “Every Time I’m With You.”

Seal’s tenth studio album and first for Republic Records, Standards—released in November, reflects his longstanding passion for everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, preserving the integrity of the originals while adding his own panache, power, and presence. Recording alongside producer Nick Patrick at Capitol Records in Los Angeles, Seal enlisted the help of a cadre of musicians notable for their work, namely pianist Randy Waldman, bassist Chuck Berghofer, and drummer Greg Fields. From the captivating magic of “I Put a Spell on You” to the wistful romance of “Autumn Leaves,” to the pair of Christmas classics “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and “The Christmas Song,” Standards showcases the scope of his voice like never before.

Beyond the stage and studio, Seal’s influence permeates multiple facets of pop culture. Following three popular stints on The Voice Australia, he also returned as a coach for the 2017 season. Seal made his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices in 2008.

(November 2017)