Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel was born in Paddington, London to a Brazilian mother and Nigerian father. After graduating with a degree in architecture, he took various jobs around London, including electrical engineering and designing leather clothing. After a while, he began singing in local clubs and bars, and eventually joined a funk band called Push, touring Japan with them in the mid 80s. After travelling around Thailand and India, he returned to England and met Adamski, a house and techno producer. They collaborated on the song Killer, which became a No. 1 hit in 1990.
After Killer became a hit, he signed a solo recording contract and recorded his first solo album Seal, which featured his first Top Ten hit Crazy. His first album went gold. In 1994 he released his second album, also entitled Seal. The song, Kiss from A Rose earned him three Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The song was also featured on the Batman Forever soundtrack.
Kiss from A Rose became a No. 1 pop single in America and spent a total of 12 weeks at the top of the adult contemporary charts, and 45 weeks in the adult contemporary charts, sending Seal into multi platinum status; two years after its original release, the album had sold over four million copies in the US alone.
In 1998, he released Human Beings, and is about to release his fourth album, Seal IV. His distinctive blend of soul, pop dance and rock has brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic, and he is one of the most popular British vocalists of the 90s.