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Selah Sue

Selah Sue
Background information
Birth name Sanne Putseys
Born (1989-05-03) 3 May 1989
Origin Leefdaal, Belgium
Genres Soul, reggae, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Associated acts Walk off the Earth

Selah Sue (born Sanne Putseys,[1] 3 May 1989) is a Belgian musician and songwriter. Her debut album, Selah Sue (2011) was a major success, selling over 720,000 copies in Europe,[2][3][4] 320,000 in France alone. In 2011, she has had chart success with the hit singles "Raggamuffin", "Crazy Vibes" and "This World". In 2011, Selah Sue won an European Border Breakers Award (EBBA).[5] In January 2012 during the EBBA award ceremony she was presented with the EBBA Public Choice Award.[6]

On 28 August 2012, her debut album was also released in the United States, where the album received positive reviews. More than 400,000 downloads were counted in one week.[7] The Rolling Stone Magazine named Selah Sue as one of the new faces of 2012.[8]


Sanne Putseys (Dutch: ) was born in Milow (born Jonathan Vandenbroeck) had noticed her talents and asked her to perform in his supporting programme. Initially, Putseys managed to work out her musical career path while studying psychology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. According to her, studying psychology helped her to understand more about human emotions, which also is something that she has to deal with in her musical activities. Eventually, she continued doing warm-up performances in collaboration with artists such as Jamie Lidell in London and Paris. Furthermore, she played with the Belgian band Novastar at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.[9]

Selah Sue often covers songs of Erykah Badu and The Zutons, but she has assembled a whole range of her own songs. Two of her well-known songs are "Mommy" and "Black Part Love," both of which are carried out acoustically. She says to be influenced by artists such as Lauryn Hill, M.I.A. and Erykah Badu.

Commercial success

Selah sue during her concert at the Jval Festival in Switzerland.

Her first EP was released in January 2009, under the title Black Part Love.[10] From September 2008 until August 2009, Selah Sue received some curricular guidance from the Belgian musical theater Ancienne Belgique. The programme, in which she was involved, has been set up to support promising artists who aren't associated with any record company or other kinds of managing assistance. In 2009, Selah Sue attended the stages of the North Sea Jazz Festival and Lowlands.[11] Additionally, she regularly appears on TV shows such as De Wereld Draait Door on Dutch television and several other Flemish TV shows.[12]

In 2010, she played most of the biggest festivals in Belgium, including Les Nuits Botaniques, Les Ardentes, Dour Festival, Lokerse Feesten, Couleur Café and Pukkelpop. But also outside her native country in big festivals such as Lowlands in the Netherlands, Eurockéennes in France and Sziget Festival (Hungary). Her second EP, Raggamuffin, was released in October 2010.[13] On 8 November 2010 she played a support appearance for Prince on his Sportpaleis concert.[14] She then went on a mostly sold out headlining show in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, presenting her forthcoming debut album.

On 4 March 2011, Selah Sue released her eponymous debut album. The album has peaked to number one on the Belgium Albums Chart, it has also charted in the Netherlands, France and Switzerland.[15] Besides several hit singles, such as "This World" and "Crazy Vibes," the album also contains a duet with Cee Lo Green, called "Please".[16] On 10 December 2011, she won three prizes at the Flemish Music Industry Awards.[17]

On 20 October 2012, Selah Sue played at the royal wedding in Luxembourg.[18] She recorded a version of "Spoonful" for an Häagen-Dazs commercial featuring Bradley Cooper.[19]

On 27 October 2014, Selah Sue released a new song, "Alone".


Studio albums

Album Title Album details Peak Chart positions Certifications
Selah Sue 1 2 9 31 32

Extended plays

  • 2009: Black Part Love
  • 2010: Raggamuffin
  • 2012: Rarities
  • 2014: Alone


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2010 "Raggamuffin" 29 16 81 18 Selah Sue
2011 "Crazy Vibes" 21 26 56 74
"This World" 2 15 33 42
  • BEL: Platinum [22]
"Summertime" 59 67
(with Tom Barman vs. The Subs)
1 29 72 Rarites
2012 "Crazy Sufferin Style" 59 83
"Fade Away" 51 59
2014 "Alone" 5 12 40


  1. ^ a b Wensink, Herien (2009) "A Flemish singer with a Jamaican soul", NRC, 21 August 2009, retrieved 2010-11-03
  2. ^ On s’exilerait bien pour Selah Sue, Le Parisien, 22 november 2012
  3. ^ De Standaard, Selah Sue, 9 december 2011
  4. ^ Sterrennieuws, Nieuwe versie van debuutalbum Selah Sue
  5. ^ European Border Breakers Awards, Selah Sue
  6. ^ European Border Breakers Awards 2012 presented
  7. ^ Amerika houdt van Selah Sue, Clint, 31 augustus 2012
  8. ^ New Faces 2012: Selah Sue, Rolling Stone Magazine, October 2012
  9. ^ Vacature, Het CV van Selah Sue
  10. ^ – Selah Sue – Black Part Love
  11. ^, Charles Bradley is de held van North Sea Jazz, Selah Sue, 10 July 2011
  12. ^ De Wereld Draait Door, Selah Sue
  13. ^ – Selah Sue – Raggamuffin
  14. ^ De Standaard, Selah Sue & Prince
  15. ^ Ultratop, Selah Sue discography
  16. ^ Selah Sue op album Cee Lo Green,, 25 October 2010, retrieved 2010-11-03
  17. ^ "Milow en Selah Sue kapen drie MIA's weg, Mauro beste muzikant".  
  18. ^ Luxemourg Royal Wedding Program
  19. ^ Eames, Tom (7 May 2013). "Bradley Cooper becomes face of Häagen-Dazs ice cream – video".  
  20. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". 22 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  21. ^ "Selah Sue dיcroche un disque de platine". Retrieved 2014-08-02. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Ultratop Belgian Charts". 22 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-02. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Myspace (English)
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