Very early in 2011, music fans were introduced to the reggae-infused pop stylings of London soul singer, Jessie J. Looking like the quirky cousin of Lady Miss Kier from Dee-Lite (remember the song “Groove is in the Heart”?), Jessie J teamed with R&B hit-maker, B.o.B., to release the first catch tune of the year, “Price Tag”. The tune was a worldwide smash, reaching the top of the charts in 4 different countries (it reach #23 on Billboard in the U.S.)
Jessie J was born Jessica Ellen Cornish in 1988. She has had the performing bug in her blood since her earliest days. She was educated at Colin’s Performing Arts School and even performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End performance of “Whistle Down the Wind” as an 11-year old.
Being born into a family with two older sisters who were gifted academically in school put pressure on the younger Jessie, who didn’t feel she was ‘good at anything’. However, performing opened the door to a passion she was good at. She continued her musical education at the BRIT School for the Performing Arts, where she graduated alongside other hit-making soulful songstresses like Adele (who has been featured) and Leona Lewis (who will be featured).
Jessie’s early endeavors as a professional musician including songwriting and supporting performance gigs. One of her earliest ones was being the supporting act for Cyndi Lauper, as perfect a stylistic muse as Jessie J could find. As a writer, she developed songs for Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, including Cyrus’ first big hit, “Party In the U.S.A.” (but we won’t hold that against Jessie ;-)).
Jessie proved that “Price Tag” was not a one-hit wonder when, late in the summer of 2011, she released “Domino”. “Domino” is such an fun, energetic song that it made a bigger splash than “Price Tag”, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 (it is also a superior song, in my humble opinion). Jessie J’s voice, manic stage persona and musical intuition has also won her many fans among music critics. Jessie J followed her big 2011 by releasing her follow-up album, “Alive”, in 2013 to a generally successful reception among fans and critics.
Jessie J’s personal life has had its share of struggles as she has battled medical issues, as well as learning to become comfortable with her sexual identity. She suffered a stroke when she was 18 and has had to contend with panic attacks. Jessie has been open about her bisexuality and believes that being a well-known public figure who talks about her own sexuality will help other girls who are struggling with their own identity (she is to be applauded for that).
Jessie J certain is a huge fan of body art. Even in her heavily made up, and costumed, persona in the video for “Price Tag”, you could see that she has a tattoo on her right wrist. It reads ‘Stand Up’ with a little heart beneath it.
And, you can follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/JessieJ