Sunday night's Grammy performance by Adele wasn't just a stunning rendition of "Rolling in the Deep" but also the first time the world had heard the artist perform live in nearly five months.
While 2011 was a banner year for the 23-year-old, the latter half became something of a wake-up call after she suffered a vocal chord hemorrhage in October. Doctors immediately performed surgery to fix the bleeding in her larynx and put her voice on "bedrest" for several weeks.
She went on to say that the silence was something of a blessing in disguise.
"I think I just needed to be silenced. And when you are silent, everyone else around you is silent. So the noise in my life just stopped. It was like I was floating in the sea for three weeks," she explained. "It was brilliant. It was my body telling me to fix me. I had so much time to kind of go over things and get over things, which is amazing. I think if I hadn't had my voice trouble, I would never have broached those subjects with myself. Now I just feel really at peace ... In fact, my entire life has changed in the last 10 weeks. I've never been so happy, and I love it."
If Adele's situation sounds familiar to MNN readers, it's because I've written extensively about musician John Mayer's nearly identical battle with throat issues. In his case, he underwent surgery in October to remove a non-cancerous lesion (called a granuloma) that was also caused by intense stress on his vocal cords.
"This is a temporary setback, though I'm not sure how long or short a period of time it will be," he wrote in September. "I've got the best doctors in the country looking after me, and I will be singing and touring again as soon as I get the all clear."
Mayer's battle with the condition was actually helpful to Adele who says she found solace in his support. "John Mayer had it [surgery] done at the same time as I did,” she told Vogue, “and he really helped me be chilled out about it. Roger Daltrey’s had loads of stuff done; Steven Tyler reached out; Elton John. Lots of artists have had problems with their voices, but you don’t know about it. And they are still singing incredibly well in their 50s and 60s.”
You can watch Adele's comeback performance of "Rolling in the Deep" below.
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