Emeli Sandé, who won the critic's choice award at the 2012 Brit Awards with her debut CD Our Version Of Events, had us hypnotised with her bleached quiff and a voice like honey and thunder. Our Version Of Events will be the album to own in 2012. Like classic debut albums before it, Emeli's debut is a moment in musical time. Credible without attempting to be too ‘cool’, heartbroken yet crazy in love, it is considered without trying to be too clever. This is a distinctly British record with undeniable global appeal, created by one of the most exciting debut artists we have seen in recent years. The CD often sounds like an album operating on two levels, with songs that flourish on a tension between rawness and polished craft. The Scottish singer has been a backroom songwriter for mainstream balladeers like Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis and balanced that out by singing hooks for Brit rappers Wiley, Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah and Professor Green. She has now taken her right full place in the music spotlight.