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Pela started his career in the 1970s working at the CTS / De Lane Lea recording complex in London. He worked on many projects during this time including The Who's Tommy and the Electric Light Orchestra's Eldorado. He then went into a freelance role where he worked with artists such as Alice Cooper, Stephen Stills, Hawkwind, Nico, and Pete Townshend. In the 1980s he worked out of Robert Millar's Power Plant studios, where he was able to participate in music projects featuring artists such as Boy George, Fine Young Cannibals, Everything But The Girl, Tom Robinson, The Style Council, Gang of Four and Sade.
Pela has won several Grammy Awards, including: 2010 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Sade's "Soldier of Love", 2009 Best R&B Album for Maxwell's BLACKsummers'night and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for Maxwell's "Pretty Wings", 2002 Best Pop Vocal Album for Sade's Lovers Rock, and 1993 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Sade's "No Ordinary Love".
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- "Mike Pela - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- Bhansali, Akshay. Maxwell Calls Grammy Wins A 'Blessing'. MTV. Retrieved on 2010-05-02.
- "Grammys 2002: The winners". BBC News Online. 28 February 2002. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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