Jessie J is a fashion savy, British Pop/HipHop/R&B artist. She grew up the youngest of three and her mother was a nursey school teacher and her father a social worker. Jessie notes, “My family is very creative, but no one in my family sings…I was the only one who put my life to a melody…”
Jessie also writes her own songs which is just a plus nowadays. Her songs are driven by life experiences and not all good ones. Such as “Big White Room” that she wrote at the tender age of 17 while sharing a room in a hospital with a boy who lost his life. The YouTube version of the song garnered over 300,000 views and inspired 50 covers of the song.
Jessie J isn’t a newbie to the live show setting either. She’s toured with artists including Macy Gray, Sugarbabes, Girls Aloud, Chris Brown, Jools Holland, Cyndi Lauper and Taio Cruz. Jessie J notes, “I never had a band. It was me, my CD, my heels and a huge stage to fill. I loved that I had no one and nothing to hide behind…” This young veteran also penned songs for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown.
The title track to her album, Who You Are, is being released in what seems to be perfect timing as the economy is slumping, job loss near an all time high, and people’s energy is at an all-time low. Who You Are is about a point in Jessie’s career where the singer’s aspirations were hanging on a thread. “The most important thing in life is to be happy, but everything had become too ‘business’ and sterile. I really thought I was going to quit—not music, but the music industry…it wasn’t easy,” Jessie states. “I was really down, but when I’m down, I write a song about it.” Needless to say many can relate to the songs she is writing and not only relate but really feel the songs.
Who You Are is dropping in the UK on February 28th and in the US on April 12th on Universal Republic Records. Currently Jessie J is enjoying the success of her latest single, “Price Tag.” It’s sitting pretty at the #88 spot on Billboard’s Top 100. “Price Tag” also hit the #1 in the UK, her hometown, and since it is hot commodity, the album’s release date was bumped up from March 28th to the new February date in the UK. To purchase Jessie J’s phenomenal single Price Tag featuring B.o.B. on iTunes go here.
This Jessie also released her third single, “Casualty of Love,” this week.
Jessie J also did a great acoustic redition of “Price Tag” on Jools Holland that you must check out here: