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Emeli is well worth the wait.

Byline: BEV LYONS

LIVE LAST NIGHT EMELI Sande finally made it to Abedeen's Music Hall last night for the homecoming gig her fans had waited an extra four months for.

The 24-year-old songstress hails from the village of Alford, 25 miles away, but her talents have taken her a million miles from home.

Soulful Emeli caught the public eye after she featured on rapper Chipmunk's third single, Diamond Rings. Since then, she's delivered a string of hits and chart-topping solo album Our Version of Events.

But Emeli, right, was forced to disappoint her home fans when she postponed her December gig to support the mighty Coldplay.

Mum Diane, dad Joel, family and friends were among a full house who clearly enjoyed a young singer on the top of her game.

Once described by Simon Cowell as "his favourite songwriter at the minute", Emeli has penned hits for Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Preeya Kalidas, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah.

Last night's crowd were hushed as she gave them My Kind of Love and Suitcase.

But the biggest applause followed her own version of Read All About It - a song she collaborated on with Professor Green.

The closing highlights came with her first solo single Heaven and the up-tempo song, Daddy.

The question is, will her home crowd ever again have the pleasure of listening to Sande in an intimate old-style venue like Union Street's famous Music Hall?
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 7, 2012
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