Happy Birthday to Helen Folasade Adu (born January 16, 1959), better known as Sade…singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. Sade was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Her middle name, Folasade, means ‘honor confers your crown’. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the Brit and Grammy Award winning English group “Sade”. Their music featured elements of R&B, soul, jazz, and soft rock. In 2002, she received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and she dedicated her award to “all black women in England”. In 2012, Sade was listed at number 30 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women In Music. Sade has a contralto vocal range.