By now you’ve probably listened to Adele’s 25 a thousand times (especially if you’re one of the 4.38 million people who bought the record), pictured yourself in numerous emotional music videos and blasted (that is, cried to) “Hello” on more occasions than you’re willing to admit in public. Same here.
For those searching for more music who simply can’t wait for her next album, all is not lost. Adele’s voice and style are unequivocal, but there are singers out there who rival her in their own unique ways. When it comes to that distinctive twang, obvious comparisons are Amy Winehouse and Duffy. For ballads that tug at the heartstrings, there’s her male counterpart, Sam Smith. There are also some impressive singers just under the radar that can satisfy your Adele obsession too. Give them a listen (or a cry):
The 19-year-old singer and songwriter first attracted attention with a chilling cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” back in 2011. With dramatic piano melodies and a recognisable voice, consider her a younger Adele, but with a delicate upper range that’ll send tingles down your spine.
This Brit singer has a Duffy-like rasp in her voice and brings a taste of R&B to the mix. Her songs are both heartfelt and happy; give tracks like the romantic “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” or the dance-y “If I Go” a try.
Sykes has a voice that could rival John Legend’s—you might’ve already heard it on Ariana Grande’s “Almost Is Never Enough.” His “Over and Over Again” over piano is the perfect Adele-like ballad, while “More Than You’ll Ever Know” is a more upbeat version of the British singer’s old-school vibe.
Also a product of England, Henderson made a name for herself landing a finalist spot on UK’s X Factor. Though her current hit “Ghost” shows off her pop side, her other popular songs, “Yours” and “Missed,” boast earnest and sentimental lyrics Adele fans love.
If you ever wondered what Adele would sound like on dance music, tune into Jess Glynne, whose voice is akin to the 25 crooner’s. Though she sings over electronic tracks (like Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”) instead of piano chords, her sound is still soulful enough for an Adele fan’s taste.
For those who miss Adele’s vintage-y sound from 19, let Paloma Faith fill that gap. With her noticeably retro style (in both music and fashion), she’s a lot more reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, but we’re not complaining.
This Ohio native is the rock ‘n’ roll version of Adele. New to the scene, her debut album Love Stuff premiered this year, bringing hits like “Ex’s & Oh’s,” which has already made its way to the mainstream airwaves. Fun fact: she’s comedian Rob Schneider’s daughter.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US