Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born May 5, 1988 in London, England. Her passion for music developed at a young age, being influenced by Mary J. Blige, Lauren Hill and Destiny's Child. Her music awakening appeared when she heard a collection of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James records. Straying away from school, a subject she never really never grasped, Adele made a three-track demo for a class assignment and even posted it on her MySpace page. The simple move caught the attention of the executives at XL Recordings, who ultimately signed her to a record deal ensuing her high school graduation in November 2006.
In 2008, Adele released her debut album, 19, named after her age at the time she started recording, which featured the hit tracks "Hometown Glory" and "Chasing Pavement." Adele's popularity quickly morphed over night and tripled in size when she put on an entertaining performance on Saturday Night Live in October 2008. Originally ranked No. 40 on iTunes, her album jumped to No. 1 minutes after the SNL taping. Adele's success continued to soar, being crowned the BBC's "Sound of 2008," taking home the BRIT award for Critics' Choice and winning the 2009 Grammy for Best New Artist.
Adele's second album, 21, also named after her age when she began recording it, was released in 2011 and lived up to popular expectations. The album's classic R&B and jazz sound with Adele's raspy, soulful voice turned it into a huge hit, selling over 352,000 records in the first week. Her commercially big hits, "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," amplified Adele's success in 2011. In February of that year, Adele had two top-five tracks and two top-five albums, becoming the first artist to beat out the Beatles' 1964 milestone. She went on to surpass the solo female artist record for holding the No. 1 spot for 11 weeks straight. In 2012, Adele won six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
On June 29, 2012, Adele announced her pregnancy with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki. In an interview with People magazine, Adele voiced her thoughts on her pregnancy: "I really want to be a mum. I better start getting on with it!" She went on to say that her goal was to pop out three sons before she turned 30.