Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. She got inspired to pursue a musical career as a result of hearing Amy Winehouse's debut album, Frank. Adele possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range of two octaves and three notes. She has stated, "I don't make music for eyes, I make music for ears." Adele revealed, "I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control."