Emeli Sande coming to the Ritz Ybor in Tampa
Adele and Amy Winehouse never played Tampa Bay on their rise to the top of the charts. But local fans are definitely getting a good look this fall at the next generation of soulful British pop singers.
R&B sensation Jessie Ware has already announced a show at the Ritz Ybor on Oct. 23. And today it was announced that Scottish singer Emeli Sande will be there on Oct. 12.
Sande, who has written songs for the likes of Alicia Keys and Susan Boyle, released her debut album Our Version of Events to wild acclaim in the U.K., where it was the top-selling album of 2012 and winning British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards. She performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics, and is just starting to break through in the States. Her single Next To Me is her first U.S. Top 40 hit.
As a bonus, opening the show is Johnnyswim, a soul-pop duo from Nashville who are VH1's most recent "You Oughta Know" artist. Tickets to Sande's show are $22 via Ticketmaster, and they'll go on sale Aug. 9. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*