When the U.K. press began dubbing her "the next Amy Winehouse" in late 2007, it didn't touch upon the heavy singer/songwriter influence found in the music of London's Adele. A fan of such diverse artists as Jill Scott, Etta James, Billy Bragg, Peggy Lee, Jeff Buckley and The Cure, Adele’s soul-tinged songs of loves lost and memories made are set to resonate with all who hear them. Anchoring Adele’s songs is her incredibly striking and powerful voice. Influenced by Suzanne Vega as much as Jill Scott, Adele first made an impression in 2006 when she toured as an opening act for Jack Penate. Since then, she has been ffrequently touted as the UK's next big thing after Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen's respective breakthroughs, Adele has received wide praise from industry insiders and music critics even before she released her first record. She is the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics' Choice prize and in January 2008, was voted first in the influential BBC's Sound of 2008 poll. Still at the beginning of her career, she has already appeared alongside Paul McCartney and Björk on the BBC 2 television show Later with Jools Holland. And despite interest from several labels, XL proved the perfect match for her singular talent. Adele’s stunning debut album “19” will be released later this spring. Luckily, a single, the beautiful heartbreaker, “Chasing Pavements” will precede it.