Seal emerged from England’s house music scene in the early ’90s to become the most popular British soul vocalist of the decade. Although his earliest material still showed signs of acid house, by the mid-‘90s he had created a distinctive fusion of soul, folk, pop, dance, and rock that brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic.
The first single pulled from the album Crazy became a number 15 hit in the U.K. and reached number seven in America upon its release in 1991. In the summer of 1994, he released his second album, which was also titled Seal. Seal was also a success, reaching number 24 in America and selling over three million copies around the world.
Preceded by the American Top 40 hit “Prayer for the Dying,” the album did well upon its release, peaking at number 20 and selling over 1 million copies. His song “Kiss from a Rose,” which was featured on the Batman Forever soundtrack, won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1996, and affirmed Seal as a major international star.
In September 2010, Seal released his sixth studio album entitled 6:Commitment.