It was noted by the director of Scotland's National Galleries last week that Scotland often celebrates the successes of its musicians and writers above all other cultural pursuits, and it would be churlish indeed not to applaud the success of one of the nation's most high-profile singers and songwriters, Emili Sande, from Alford.

She made £2.5m last year, new figures show, a remarkable figure given the challenges facing the music industry in this digital age. Ms Sande was born in Sunderland to an English mother and a Zambian-born father, and spent a few months in Zambia before her family settled in the north east of Scotland. She studied medicine in Glasgow before committing herself to songwriting, a decision that has proved to be more than wise.

Many will remember her performances at the ceremonies of the London Olympic Games, but she is also an accomplished provider of songs for others. Her debut album, Our Version of Events, was the best selling UK album in 2012. She releases her second this year. We can only assume her talent will continue to provide pleasure to millions, and her new work will cement her status as one of our finest songwriters.

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