The singer had just accomplished something of a sweep taking awards for the top three GRAMMY categories for which she’d be nominated. She had won album, record, and song of year against some formidable competition. As she approached the microphone to accept her awards, nearly a dozen people gathered around her on the stage.
“Who are these people,” I wondered out loud, “and what do they have to do with her award?”
By now you’ve likely figured out that I’m talking about Adele. The British pop-singer whose records have capture the hearts and minds of audiences all over the globe since she came on the scene less than 10 years ago.
Adele had taken a four-year break leading up to the much anticipated now award winning album. It was most definitely her night, but she didn’t get there alone.
The people on the stage with her, well, they were just a few of the nearly 100 people involved in the record. Yes, 100 ranging from songwriters to producers, from musicians to engineers, and from designers to the orchestral conductor — each one with significant impact on the record’s, Adele’s, success. And though we’ll never likely see more than a few of these people on stage with her at a concert, they most certainly earned the right to share the moment with her.
She’s not the only star with a large group of contributors. It’s reported that Beyonce used a dozen or more writers on her hit single, Lemonade. That’s just one song!
Adele is a star. We celebrate her talent by turning up the volume when we hear her music. But wouldn’t it be just as reasonable for us to celebrate her wisdom in choosing the right people to be part of her work? And then celebrate them?
What are stars? Well, they’re big balls of gas (Not you, Adele. Real stars), and they shine because the inside is so hot that it causes nuclear fusion, which is the energy releasing process that we see from earth. Nuclear fusion is when two individual atoms fuse and form a different atom.
Yeah, Adele is like a star. Her projects are hot items, and draw people to her. They fuse their talents and make something new. We see that new thing in the form of a record.
At work, most of us are the atoms to a star. It’s our combined energies that make it shine.
Those who reported to work on Adele’s record included singers, songwriters, musicians, engineers and all sorts of others. Can you just imagine how excited they were to bring their energy to her project? I’m sure they had their moments. It is work after all, but they did it.
Some might say, “They were just lucky to be there. They aren’t stars, but I am.” Maybe so, but consider this. Several of those appearing on the record are stars in their own right. One is a recent Super Bowl Halftime performer, and another has written more number one hits than the Beatles.
Yep, stars can work with stars and often do.
On Adele’s record, a lot of talented people combined energies to make something awesome. The result, she shines. We can do the same where we work. The way I see it if we’re not the star, we’re the star power.