The world famous Seal is set to perform at the Puente Romano Beach Resort on July 18th. The music legend, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, spoke exclusively to Marbella Rocks about his forthcoming trip saying, Spain is one of his favourite places to visit in the world. “The people, the beauty, the culture, it´s all one of a kind,” he said.
Seal, born Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, is an English R&B singer and songwriter who is well known for his international hits including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Kiss From a Rose’ which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film ‘Batman Forever’, a song that lifted him higher in the limelight which evolved into his amazing career.
He has released a total of nine studio albums in his career so far, with his latest album 7 debuting at number 13 in the UK album chart. Pundits have called 7 his “divorce album,” following his split from German supermodel Heidi Klum in 2012.
“I worked on this album with a dear friend Trevor Horn,” Seal says. “Many people would like to think the album is autobiographical but it plays off many other peoples experiences and emotions. Trevor and I have both experienced losses of different kinds. I tried to capture the highs, the lows, the recklessness, the anger, the remorse.”
Born on February 19th 1963 to parents of Nigerian descent, Seal was taken in by white foster parents from Romford, Essex but was later reclaimed by his natural mother at the age of 4. Recently Seal divulged that when he came under the care of his father in Kilburn he suffered regular beatings until he finally left home at the age of 15. The singer claims that he doesn’t regret anything that happened during his tarnished childhood and it was integral to make him who he is today. Seal has a distinctive image, the scars on his face have always been a talking point in regards to the singer but they are the result of a condition called discoid lupus erythematosus, a type of Lupus that only affects the skin from the neck up.
Seal was first brought into the public eye as a vocalist on the Adamski single ‘Killer’ in 1990. The song is a mix of dance and techno house – which is helped with heartfelt lyrics and Seal´s gravelly yet soulful voice. “When I realised that ‘Killer’ had gained the top position I let out this huge roar, honestly families around us were going for their children – there was this 6ft 4inch black man gone wild in Cambridgeshire!” Seal recalls fondly. The singer was positively received by critics, after ‘Crazy’ became an international hit in 1991 he ranked number two on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Since his first studio album in 1991 Seal has released 7 more, each have been a success. In 2004 a greatest hits album entitled ‘Seal: Best 1991-2004’ was released which included a cover on the classic ‘Walk on By’ and a cover of Echo & the Bunnymen’s song ‘Lips Like Sugar.’ Seal constantly surprises fans with concert releases, in June 2005 he recorded a special concert, ‘One Night to Remember’ as a CD/DVD combination, the concert was recorded in Dusseldorf in which the star was accompanied by his band, a full orchestra and a choir of 52 musicians. Without a doubt Seal is a music maestro and a complete crowd pleaser. He says his favourite track of all time is John Lennon´s Imagine and his greatest influence is long-serving producer and friend Trevor Horn.
SHINING BRIGHT ON AWARDS NIGHT
Seal has won music awards throughout his career, stealing the show at the 1992 Brit Awards with the first hat trick on wins in the history of the event, one including Best British Male. Under his belt he also has four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music award. The skills of the singer doesn’t stop there… as a songwriter he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award for Best Song musically and lyrically in consecutive years for ‘Killer’ and ‘Crazy’. Describing his career Seal believes his success definitely has to do with his “strength through vulnerability”. Although conflicting character traits they really do make Seal stand out in the crowded and manufactured pop marketplace.
“I´ve had such an amazing career and I am blessed. If I could give my younger self advice it would be to slow down and really appreciate everything that comes your way.”
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for Seal, he lived through a heavy number of losses and near catastrophes between his 1st and 2nd album. The first was when he encountered a heavy duty car crash in California in which he nearly flew off a canyon onto a freeway of a hundred feet below at a peak hour, although the car was completely written off he walked away miraculously unscathed. Following that near miss he then caught double pneumonia. He came out of that unscathed as well with no scarring on his lungs, and to top it off he was a witness to a shooting right in front of him on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard! Seal claims that a London healer helped him to recover from his illness and clarify his life. Seal told sources that part of the healing meant putting fame into perspective and allowing his ‘celebrity’ self to surface when he needed to protect his private self, “The days I wanted to be noticed, wanted some feedback, I could go out there and kind of exude and I’d get recognised, becoming Seal the pop star, impervious to everything.”
Seal has always been in the public eye with his dating life, he first began dating German model Heidi Klum in February 2004 and he popped the question in December the same year in a quinzee he had built on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia. When the couple were together he was very much a romantic guy. Every year since their marriage in 2005 the couple renewed their vows on their anniversary with close family and friends. Heidi and Seal have four children together but unfortunately after nearly 7 years of marriage together they separated in 2012 and Heidi restored her name back to Heidi Klum. Reportedly Seal began dating model Erica Packer last August and recent claims have stated she is pregnant although these are yet to be confirmed by either party.
Seal recently played the role of Pontius Pilate in a live TV musical, describing it as a surreal experience. “I have sang and performed live over half my life but to take on a new task was quite envigorating.” He is also set to perform in South Africa in June for three nights in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town before coming to Spain in July. Safe to say that Seal has a busy year ahead of him.
If you want to see the star perform get your tickets via Crazy Music Productions website or by calling 952 883 832.