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REAL NAME: Seal Henry Samuel
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BIRTHDAY: February 19, 1963
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Kiss From A Rose" (1995)
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BIGGEST LP: Seal (1994)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 4

 
TIMELINE

Sealbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal was born Seal Henry Samuel in England on February 19, 1963 to Nigerian and Brazilian parents. Before beginning a singing career, Seal studied architecture and worked in electrical engineering. Although he had won Grammys and had success in the US, and internationally, questions about his facial scares still persist. The scars were caused by a disease called lupus which Seal suffered from when he was a child. The particular strain of lupus Seal deals with causes blistering especially around the facial area, which when ruptured cause deep scarring. When questioned about his scares, Seal had often eluded to mystical or spiritual causes. In the late 80's, Seal began singing with various bands and on his own - eventually meeting producer, Adamski.

1990...

button.gif (123 bytes) Seal and Adamski collaborated on the track "Killer" which shot to #1 in England.

1991... # 67 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Seal - Seal 1st LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) The success of "Killer" lead to a record contract for Seal.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal's debut LP, Seal, was released and gave him his first Top 10 hit, "Crazy." The dance track "Killer" was also released in the U.S. and made some waves on the dance scene.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "Crazy."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 10 with "Crazy."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Crazy" was nominated for 4 MTV Video Music Awards (Best New Artist, Best Special Effects, Best Editing, and Breakthrough Video).

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was certified gold.

1992...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Male Vocal Performance ("Crazy").

button.gif (123 bytes) Seal dominated the Brit Awards. When asked how Seal classifies his own music he responds: "...soul music... in the literal sense of the word... music from the soul."

1994... # 62 Singles Artist of the Year

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal (the first LP) was certified platinum.

May
Seal - Seal 2nd LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal's second LP was also entitled, Seal, and was released (he stated "(because he) could not think of a better title at the time"). From this LP came Seal's second Top 10 hit, the haunting "Prayer For The Dying." By this time, Seal had established his music and sound into the music scene, and made numerous live performances and concert appearances.

June
Seal - "Prayer For The Dying" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "Prayer For The Dying."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal (2nd LP) was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the
Top 10 with "Prayer For The Dying."

1995... # 15 Singles Artist of the Year (# 1 Male Artist of the Year)

January
Sealbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal (2nd LP) was certified platinum.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for 3
Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album (Seal), and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Prayer For The Dying").

June
button.gif (123 bytes) A track from Seal's second LP made it on the soundtrack of Batman Forever and became a #1 hit for Seal: "Kiss From A Rose" (debuting in the Top 40 in June). The song became a huge hit for Seal in the summer.


button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the
Top 10 with "Kiss From A Rose."

August
Seal - "Kiss From A Rose" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Seal (2nd LP) was certified 2x platinum and the single "Kiss From A Rose" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit
#1 for 4 weeks with "Kiss From A Rose."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for a week, the Airplay chart for 10 weeks, and the Adult Contemporary Singles chart for 12 weeks with "
Kiss From A Rose."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Kiss From A Rose" won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.

button.gif (123 bytes) Seal appeared on MTV Unplugged later in the year.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "
Don't Cry."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the
Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers with the Top Hot 100 Airplay Track ("Kiss From A Rose").

1996... # 32 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal (2nd LP) was certified 3x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Topo 10 with "Don't Cry."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal won 3
Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Kiss From A Rose").

May
Set It Off soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal (2nd LP) was certified 4x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Don't Cry" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal appeared on the
Set It Off soundtrack with "Hey Joe."

November
Space Jam soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "Fly Like An Eagle" - from the Space Jam soundtrack.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the
Top 10 with "Fly Like An Eagle."

1997... # 104 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

1998... # 115 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Fly Like An Eagle."

November
Seal - Human Beingbutton.gif (123 bytes) A new LP by Seal called Human Being hit stores. Trevor Horn (the producer of Seal's first 2 LPs) was an influence on the LP once again after the 2 worked out their differences for the new LP. He told CNN: "The album is more like a celebration of human beings and all the wonderful things we human beings do when we're living in our natural state, which I believe to be love. (The first single "Human Beings") ...was initially inspired by the death of and the loss of the 2 rappers, Notorious B.I.G. and (particularly) 2Pac. I think there was a situation where there was a perfect example of a lack of love of the self. So it was initially inspired by those 2." At the end of November, Seal talked with MTV more about his working relationship with producer, Trevor Horn: "Well, we fell out to put it bluntly... but then I think that's the thing about any working relationship or creative working relationship, if they tend to be successful, they also tend to be tempestuous. I think that's largely because you have two creative minds, personalities, working together and it's not as if Trevor is just a producer. He's also an artist. The fact that he produces records, you know, it's coincidental. But he is a bass player by trade, and also he's a singer and he has fronted a band before, a couple of bands actually. So you really, if you put the two of us together in a room, yes we have, I hope, great creative moments, but there can also be tempestuous times. Particularly when you are striving for something new and you don't want to repeat yourself. I guess it would be similar to that of a band situation, so we fell out, and we kissed and made up and we finished the record. That's basically what happened."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "
Human Beings."

1999...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Human Being was certified gold.

2000...

December
Family Man soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal could be found on the the Family Man soundtrack with "This Could Be Heaven."

2002...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal appeared on Santana's LP, Shaman, on the track "You Are My Kind."

2003... # 135 Singles Artist of the Year

September
Seal IVbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal released Seal IV, with the first single "Waiting For You." The LP evolved after 2 years of working on a new LP and scapping work meant to be titled Togetherland after Seal felt wasn't good enough, telling VH1: "There is an emotional quality in my music that resonates with people. If there’s no emotion or belief in the song or the delivery, then there is nothing. It was not the easiest reality to come to terms with, but it was one that I had to accept."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music / Club Play for 2 weeks with the remixes of "Get It Together."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal began a tour of the US to last into December.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "
Waiting For You."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal could be heard on the soundtrack for
Mona Lisa Smile with "Mona Lisa Smile."
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Seal IV was certified gold.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music - Club Play chart for a week with the remixes of "
Waiting For You."

2004... # 143 Singles Artist of the Year

February
50 First Dates soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal contributed the remake of "Lips Like Sugar" to the soundtrack for 50 First Dates.
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal hit the Top 40 with "
Love's Divine."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week with the remixes of "
Love's Divine."

November
Seal - Best: 1991-2004button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released the hits collection Best: 1991-2004.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 140 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart with the remixes of "Killer 2005."

February
Seal - Live In Paris (CD/DVD)button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Love's Divine").

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal married supermodel Heidi Klum.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released the CD/DVD Live In Paris.

2006..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Walk On By").

2007..

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "A Father's Way" from the film The Pursuit Of Happyness.

November
Seal - Systembutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Amazing."
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released System.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart with "Amazing."

2008...

February
Seal - Soulbutton.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Amazing").

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released
Soul - a collection of soul covers.

2009....

December
Seal - 'Hits'button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released Hits.

2010...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("If You Don't Know Me By Now").

September
Seal - '6: Commitment'button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released 6: Commitment.

2011..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal won a
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Imagine" with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare).

2012...

January
Seal - 'Soul 2'button.gif (123 bytes) Seal released Soul 2.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Seal topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hops Albums chart with Soul 2.







LPs
Seal - Seal 1st LP
Available for download at iTunes
Seal (1st LP)
Released: June, 1991
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 24
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Beginning" - "Deep Water" - "Crazy" - "Killer" - "Whirlpool" - "Future Love Paradise" - "Wild" - "Show Me" - "Violet"
Seal - Seal 2nd LP
iTunes / Amazon.mp3
Seal (2nd LP)
Released: May, 1994
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 15
Tracks: "Bring It On" - "Prayer For The Dying" - "Dreaming In Metaphors" - "Don't Cry" - "Fast Changes" - "Kiss From A Rose" - "People Asking Why" - "Newborn Friend" - "If I Could" - "I'm Alive" - "Bring It On (Reprise)"
Seal - Human Being
Available for download at iTunes
Human Being
Released: November, 1998
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 22
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Human Beings" - "State Of Grace" - "Latest Craze" - "Just Like You Said" - "Princess" - "Lost My Faith" - "Excert From" - "When A Man Is Wrong" - "Colour" - "Still Love Remains" - "No Easy Way" - "Human Beings (Reprise)"
Seal IV
Available for download at iTunes
Seal IV
Released: September, 2003
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Let Me Roll" - "Get It Together" - "Love's Divine" - "Waiting For You" - "My Vision" - "Don't Make Me Wait" - "Touch" - "Where There's Gold" - "Loneliest Star" - "Heavenly... (Good Feeling)" - "Tinsel Town"
Seal - Best: 1991-2004
Available for download at iTunes
Best: 1991-2004
Released: November, 2004
Billboard peak: # 47
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Crazy" - "Kiss From A Rose" - "Killer" - "Prayer For The Dying" - "Waiting For You" - "Don't Cry" - "My Vision" - "Love's Divine" - "Walk On By" - "Get It Together" - "Fly Like An Eagle" - "Human Beings" - "Future Love Paradise"
Seal - Live In Paris (CD/DVD)
Available for download at iTunes
Live In Paris (CD/DVD)
Released: June, 2005
Live CD Tracks: "Crazy" - "Get It Together" - "Killer" - "Just Like You Said" - "Dreaming In Metaphors" - "Prayer For The Dying" - "Love's Divine" - "My Vision" - "Waiting For You" - "Kiss From A Rose" - "Heavenly... (Good Feeling)" - "Don't Cry" - "Bring It On" - "Future Love Paradise" - Live CD Tracks: "Crazy" - "Get It Together" - "Killer" - "Just Like You Said" - "Dreaming In Metaphors" - "Prayer For The Dying" - "Don't Make Me Wait" - "Whirlpool" - "Love's Divine" - "My Vision" - "Waiting For You" - "Kiss From A Rose" - "Heavenly... (Good Feeling)" - "Don't Cry" - "Bring It On" - "Future Love Paradise" - "Hey Joe" - "Deep Water"
Seal - System
Available for download at iTunes
System
Released: November, 2007
Billboard peak: # 35
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "If It's In My Mind, It's On My Face" - "Amazing" (Thin White Duke Edit) - "Just Like Before" - "Loaded" - "Wedding Day" - "System" - "Dumb" - "The Right Life" - "Rolling" - "Immaculate" - "Amazing"
Seal - Soul Soul
Released: November, 2008
Billboard peak: # 13
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling StoneEntertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "A Change Is Gonna Come" - "I Can't Stand The Rain" - "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" - "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" - "I've Been Loving You Too Long" - "It's Alright" - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" - "Knock On Wood" - "I'm Still In Love With You" - "Free" - "Stand By Me" - "People Get Ready"
Seal - 'Hits'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Hits
Released: December, 2009
Tracks: "I Am Your Man" - "Kiss From A Rose" - "Crazy" - "Fly Like An Eagle" - "Love's Divine" - "A Change Is Gonna Come" - "Amazing" - "Killer" - "Prayer For The Dying" - "Get It Together" - "The Right Life" - "Futre Love Paradise" - "Waiting For You" - "Free" - "Rolling" - "Don't Cry" - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" - "Thank You"
Seal - '6: Commitment'
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
6: Commitment
Released: September, 2010
Tracks: "If I'm Any Closer" - "Weight Of My Mistakes" - "Silence" - "Best Of Me" - "All For Love" - "I Know What You Did" - "The Way I Lie" - "Secret" - "You Get Me" - "Letting Go" - "Big Time"
Seal - 'Soul 2'
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Soul 2
Released: January, 2012
Tracks: "Wishing On A Star" - "Love T.K.O." - "Ooh Baby Baby" - "Let's Stay Together" - "What's Going On" - "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" - "Back Stabbers" - "I'll Be Around" - "Love Won't Let Me Wait" - "Lean On Me" - "Oh Girl"
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POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Kiss From A Rose

from the LP
Seal and the Batman Forever soundtrack
ARC chart run: 36 - 28 - 20 - 10 - 6 - 3 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 4 - 8 - 8 - 9 - 15 - 22 - 28 - 40 - off
1(4) 20 1995 Seal - "Kiss From A Rose" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
2 Fly Like An Eagle
Space Jam soundtrack
3 14 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Prayer For The Dying

from the LP
Seal (2nd LP)
ARC chart run: 36 - 27 - 21 - 17 - 14 - 13 - 11 - 8 - 7 - 15 - 18 - 20 - 32 - 32 - 34 - off
7 15 1994 Seal - "Prayer For The Dying" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
4 Don't Cry
Seal (2nd LP)
8 13 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 Crazy
Seal (1st LP)
5 12 1991 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 Human Beings
Human Being
19 6 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Waiting For You
Seal IV
34 2 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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8 Love's Divine
Seal IV
36 2 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Killer
Seal (1st LP)
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Newborn Friend
Seal (2nd LP)
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Get It Together
Seal IV
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Walk On By
Best: 1991-2004
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Amazing
System
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  The Right Life
System
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  A Change Is Gonna Come
Soul
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  If You Don't Know Me By Now
Soul
** ** 2009 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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