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Emeli Sande 2023 Credit Giulia Savorelli

Emeli Sandé announces her fifth studio album, How Were We To Know

23 August 2023, 11:38 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

The album announcement coincides with the lead single, "There For You".

“Once you’ve been hurt, it’s very hard to pick up the pieces again and allow yourself to be vulnerable. So I think these songs explore the bravery of love, and loving others but also yourself," Sandé says of the new release. "These songs were pieces of a puzzle I had to put together, and now feels like the right time to share them. These are tales from a hopeless romantic. I’m very romantic, and it gets me in trouble sometimes!”

Co-written with music manager and writer Daniel Caruana and produced by Daniel McKenzie, Emeli says the track “came together so naturally”. She adds: “"There For You" is about how I’ll always have love for the people I’ve been with. Even if I’m pissed off with them for a couple of years, I’ll always care for them, I’ll always want to know they’re OK. Because once you’ve committed to that love with someone, it doesn’t just go away.”

The album’s intimacy was further unlocked as Emeli Sandé called on trusted collaborators, including Mac & Phil and Jonny Coffer who were key contributors to her second album, Long Live The Angels, and Ollie Green (who worked on last year’s Let’s Say For Instance, which included the hit "Brighter Days".

Emeli Sandé is confirmed to headline the Royal Festival Hall on 11 November as part of this year’s EFG Jazz Festival London.


1. All This Love
2. My Boy Likes To Party
3. Lighthouse
4. How Were We To Know
5. Too Much
6. Nothing We Can’t Handle
7. Like I Loved You
8. There For You
9. True Colours
10. End of Time
11. Love
12. Cos of You (CD bonus track)

"There For You" is out now. Emeli Sandé's fifth studio album, How Were We To Know arrives on 17 November via Chrysalis Records, and is available to pre-order now.

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