Known As: Seal
Origin: Born in London to Yoruba parents
Gift: Singer-songwriter, musician
Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 1992, four Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Seal is known for his numerous international hits, the best known being “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared in the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.
“I remember songs like ‘Love T.K.O.’ and ‘Wishing on a Star’ and ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’ — I just remember those songs being so unique-sounding when they came on the radio,” he says. “They had a big impact on me, because they were just very different from a lot of R&B that we were hearing. They were huge influences on my life and my outlook on writing music when I was growing up.”