Do you know that there is a Nigerian side to Seal? His full name; Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, son of a Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji and Brazilian father, Francis Samuel
The British singer was born on 19 February 1963 in Paddington, London. Shortly after he was born, the boy who would grow up to be a very powerful voice was placed in a foster home in Essex.
When he was 4, however, he returned to his biological parents where he had to face his father who was very strict and abusive. Because there was hardly any communication at home, he did not realize that he had the talent for singing until he was 11 years old when his teacher made him sing on stage. After he sang I Can See Clearly Now at the school concert and saw the reaction of everyone including his parents, Seal knew that he had something for music.
By the age of 17, Seal left home and opted to remain homeless as he saw himself through school. He lived in squats. After getting a diploma in architecture, he took to various jobs.
With his career as a singer, it was until after he was 23 that he first started. In fact, he stated that he was sort of bullied into it by a girlfriend who after heard him sing for the first time, dragged him to Tottenham Court Road and got him a bass guitar, a drum machine, and a four-track, telling him that was what he was supposed to be doing.
Before too long, Seal was singing at local bands and he got invited by London funk band, Push to do four gigs in Japan, something that would get each of them £2,000. He agreed and joined the band. He decided to remain in Bangkok where he continued writing songs for what would later be his debut album that sold millions of copies.
When he returned to England, the singer was ready for his first single, Killer. The song became a hit when it was released, putting him in a good spot for a career that would be very successful. He released his first album, Seal in 1991 followed by Seal II in 1995. By 2017, he had already released five more albums.
From 13 Grammy nominations, the soul singer has won 4. Other awards he has won are 4 Ivor Novello Awards, an MTV Video Music Awards, and several others.