Seal wrote this in tribute to Crosby Stills & Nash while living in a squat in Kensal Green, London.
Seal included this song on his second album (Seal, 1994) and released it as a single in the UK, where it went to #20 in July 1994. In America, the song picked up speed when it played under the end credits of the movie Batman Forever and was included on the soundtrack. The film was released in May 1995, nearly a year after Seal's album was issued. The movie appearance sparked demand for the song in the US; it was issued as a single there in June 1995 and climbed to #1 in August.
With its curious waltz time, lavish harmonies and epic sound proportions, this song had a very different sound and stood out on the radio, where many stations were willing to play it. In the US, it was a #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary charts for 12 weeks.
This won Grammy Awards in 1996 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance.
This song was a worldwide hit, scoring in the Top 10 in Australia, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK. In 1994, there was no getting away from it on the radio.
Not only is this song part of the Batman Forever soundtrack, but the second version of the video contains a great deal of film footage, and has Seal on a rooftop stage set next to a bat-signal. This ages the song badly, as - brace yourself for an onslaught from the world's most hideous fandom - director Joel Schumacher was later credited with ruining the Batman franchise "forever," resulting in the reboot with the Nolan version.
What is Seal's actual birth name? Take a deep breath and say "Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel." Yes, all six of them. Seal is of Nigerian and Brazilian heritage, which might explain some of his unique international appeal.
"Kiss From A Rose" is Seal's only #1 hit on the Billboard charts; however, he charted five times in the Billboard Top 40 from 1991 ("Crazy
") to 1996 (a cover of Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle
"). This song also made it to #1 on the Billboard Mainstream, Hot Adult and Adult Contemporary charts.
Seal appeared in a commercial for the NFL that aired during the 2016 Super Bowl where he and groups of children sang a reworked version of this song to drive home the message of the spot: that cities that win a Super Bowl see an increase in births nine months later. In the commercial, these "Super Bowl Babies" sing stilted lyrics like "What makes this Super Bowl so super, a game we adore?" and "Mom and dad looked at each other, one thing led to another that night," while Seal appears near the Golden Gate Bridge.
This was featured in an episode of the TV miniseries The people v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. It is used in a scene where prosecutor Marcia Clark has a breakdown, which would have taken place around March 1995, close to when the song was released as a single in America.