From medical school to the top of the charts
Having already scored a Number One single featuring on Professor Green's 'Read All About It', and going close in her own right with 'Heaven', Emeli Sande has had a pretty strong 2011. Her forthcoming debut album, 'Our Version Of Events', should ensure 2012 is even better.
After droping out of medical school, the Aberdeen-born singer paid her dues writing and collaborating with the likes of Devlin, Chipmunk and Tinie Tempah, and looks set to emulate their success both in the charts and the festival stages.
There's a winning vulnerability in amongst her breezy urban soul tunes, amid nods to Adele and Alicia Keys, and as she strikes out on her own, hopes are high that the UK's answer to Lauryn Hill has finally arrived.