Following their momentous win on the Sky One entertainment show ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’, five-piece vocal group Vadé have now signed a major deal with Decca Records and unveiled their single, Cry Your Heart Out – written by One Direction’s Niall Horan. Following the release of their debut album on 8 December, Vadé have announced their first UK headline tour in May 2018 including a date at Manchester’s Stoller Hall.
Hosted by Cat Deeley, ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’ saw 30 of the best groups face-off in the UK’s first vocals-only entertainment competition on TV. Through winning the show, Vadé released their debut album,also called Cry Your Heart Out, ob the 8th December.
The signature Vadé sound draws inspiration from traditional gospel church music, with added Motown and soul. Their new album features renditions ranging from Motownphilly by Boyz II Men and Kiss from a Rose by Seal, to Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafiaand Rag n Bone Man’s Human, as well as the original song Cry Your Heart Out.
Speaking of their signing to Decca, Vadé say, “We are so overwhelmed by the support we have received from doing the show, and completely blown away by the offer of a recording deal from Decca. It was our dream to record an album at Abbey Road Studios and to release an original track written by Niall Horan is more than we could have ever hoped for!”
Made up of Jermaine Sanderson, Philip Yeboah, Roy Crisp, Joseph ‘Kojo’ Anti and Joshua Hammersley Jr. aka JJ, Vadé is an acapella jazz quintet who pride themselves in singing gospel music along with popular inspirational music and love songs. The group met at their local church, and were bought together by Phillip in 2013 with a vision to create a fresh new sound to a cappella music not only in the UK, but the rest of the world.
Each member of Vadé have full-time day jobs outside of the group – Jermaine and Roy both work as carers, Phillip is an IT consultant, JJ works as a pharmacist and newest member Joseph has a background in architecture. Vadé’s true magic lies in each individual’s charm and charisma, and the way in which each member brings different qualities to the group, working hard to bring their melodies to places where Christian music would rarely be heard.
Their debut performance at the O2 Apollo in Manchester 2014 was the beginning of a dynamic music career. In 2016, Vadé performed on the Christmas Gospel Show on BBC Two, hosted by now label-mate Gregory Porter, and Beverley Knight. Vadé also worked closely with recording artists Sam Robson, James Rose, Simon Ăkesson and performed with Grammy-nominated tenor and saxophonist, Kamasi Washington at the Jazz Proms, hosted by the BBC at the Royal Albert Hall.
Now officially crowned the best a cappella vocal group in the UK, Vadé’s new album is set to bring joy and cheer this holiday season, with a distinctive twist of soul and funk.