Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (born 19 February 1963), better known by his stage name Seal, is an English singer and songwriter. He has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and is known for his international hits, including “Kiss from a Rose”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 film Batman Forever. He was a coach on The Voice Australia in 2012 and 2013 and returned to Australia to work as a coach in 2017.
Seal has won multiple awards throughout his career, including three Brit Awards; he won Best British Male in 1992, as well as four Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. As a songwriter, he received the British Academy’s Ivor Novello Award, for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, in consecutive years for “Killer” (1990) and “Crazy” (1991).
Seal was born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel at Paddington General Hospital in Paddington, London to a Nigerian mother, Adebisi Ogundeji, and a Brazilian father, Francis Samuel. Seal’s first and middle names are in the Yoruba language. He was raised by a foster family in Westminster, London. He received a two-year diploma in architecture and worked various jobs in the London area.
Seal first came to public attention as vocalist on the Adamski single “Killer” in 1990. The single eventually reached number one in the UK. Seal subsequently signed to ZTT Records and released his self-titled début album (produced by Trevor Horn) in 1991. Seal was positively received by critics. The singles “Crazy”, “Future Love Paradise” and his own rendition of “Killer” performed well on the charts. In particular, “Crazy” became an international hit in 1991, reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Seal stole the show at the 1992 Brit Awards held at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, with the first hat-trick of wins in the history of the event. He won in three categories: Best British Male, Best British Video (“Killer”) and Best British Album (Seal)
In 2012, Seal was one of the four vocal coaches in the first season of the Australian version of the reality singing competition The Voice. He was the coach of the series winner Karise Eden. Seal returned to The Voice season two, which debuted on 7 April 2013, where he became the winning coach once again, coaching eventual winner Harrison Craig.
Seal was cast as Pontius Pilate in Tyler Perry’s musical rendition of The Passion, which aired on Fox on March 20, 2016. Although there have been rumours as to the cause of the scars on Seal’s face, they are the result of a type of lupus called discoid lupus erythematosus, which affects the skin and leaves large scars. Seal’s brother, Jeymes Samuel, better known as The Bullitts, is also an accomplished singer-songwriter.