Adele was chosen for the cover of Rolling Stone’s Women Who Rock issue.
In her short career thus far, the expectant mother and vocal powerhouse is already one of top-selling artists of her generation. She has caused even the legendary Aretha Franklin to stand up and take notice. “It’s been a long time since an artist like Adele has come along,” she said. “Carole King is the last person who wrote the kind of lyrics women immediately could relate to. I love to hear a schoolgirl on the school bus yellin’, ‘We coulda had it all!’”
Adele herself says that being a songwriter is so deeply engraved in how she communicates, that she knows of no better way to release her feelings: “We broke up mutually, and I was desperate to write about it ’cause I can’t talk about my feelings to anyone. To my mom, to my therapist, to friends, to myself in the mirror — I can’t really do it. I’ve always written down how I feel.”
Read more in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands now.