Sandé first became known to the public eye after she featured on rapper Chipmunk‘s debut single, “Diamond Rings“, which gained herself and Chipmunk a top 10 single on the UK Singles Chart. In 2010, she appeared on Wiley‘s “Never Be Your Woman“, which became another top ten hit. She has written for a number of artists, including Cher Lloyd, Susan Boyle, Preeya Kalidas, Leona Lewis, Cheryl Cole, and Tinie Tempah.
In 2010, she signed a publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing – later announcing that Virgin Records had given her a record deal. Sandé released her first solo single, “Heaven” in August 2011, where it debuted at number-two on the UK Singles Chart. The single also saw Sandé reach the top ten in the likes of Denmark, Ireland and Scotland gaining accredation of silver status by the British Phonographic Industry and gold status by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry. The artist then went on to appear on British rapper Professor Green‘s single “Read All About It” (October 2011) which reached number-one in the United Kingdom and Scotland, number-two in Ireland and number forty-one in Australia. Sandé released her second solo single, “Daddy” in November 2011, where it peaked at number twenty-one in the United Kingdom. A third single, “Next to Me” was then released in February 2012, peaking at number-one in Ireland and Scotland and debuting at number-two in the United Kingdom. It was succeeded by the release of the singer’s debut studio album, Our Version of Events, which debuted at number-one in the United Kingdom – selling 113,319 copies in its first week. A fourth single, “My Kind of Love” was released in May 2012; peaking at number seventeen.
Following Sandé’s performance of “Read All About It (Part III)“, a continuation of the Professor Green duet, at the 2012 Summer Olympics, the song charted at number three in the UK. A repackaged edition of Our Version of Events followed on October 22, featuring “Wonder” a collaboration with producer Naughty Boy which reached number ten in the UK. November 2012 also saw Sandé feature on Labrinth‘s single “Beneath Your Beautiful” which became her second number-one as a featured artist in the United Kingdom.