Alford soul singer Emeli Sande’s proud father said he was “over the moon” at his daughter’s haul of three gongs at this week’s Mobo awards.
Joel Sande, a technical education teacher at Emeli’s former school Alford Academy, told the Piper of his pride at the recognition.
The 25-year-old vocalist won awards for best female act, best album for her chart-topping “Our Version of Events” and best soul act at the ceremony at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
Mr Sande said: “I’m over the moon truth be told. She’s been to three of the awards before but never been this successful. It’s been a great year.”
Mr Sande also enjoys singing: “I’m not a trained musician but was head of the choir here, she (Emeli) has been singing since about the age of eight so singing is something that comes naturally to us.”
Emeli, who first featured at the Mobo awards in 2010, got the event off to a spectacular start with a rendition of her hit “My Kind of Love”.
The awards then flowed in for the Alford star who said after the night: “I really didn’t expect to win three and getting album of the year was a big thing for me, so I feel like all the hard work pays off when you get acknowledgement like that.”
2012 has proven to be Emeli’s most successful year as a singer-songwriter.
After her performance of the hymn “Abide with Me” at Danny Boyle’s Olympic Opening Ceremony in August she saw her number one début album rocket its way back up the charts.
“Our Version of Events” has now surpassed Adele’s “21” to be the UK’s most widely bought album of 2012.
Not content to just pen her own hits, Emeli has also written tracks for the likes of Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle and Tinie Tempah.