Jessie J

Jessie J is the BBC Sound of 2011

Jessie J has been announced as the winner of Sound of 2011.

Essex born Jessica Cornish burst onto the scene in November 2010 in a flurry of excitement surrounding tracks Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag. The 22 year old singer wrote poetry as a child and began her career on the stage with a role in the West End production of Whistle Down The Wind. A trip to study musical theatre at the celebrated Brit School led to her first record deal with Gut Records and early interest from R 'n' B circles in the United States.

Jessie suffered health problems throughout her early career and a minor stroke temporarily halted her career at the age of 18. Undeterred, the singer returned with renewed focus, finding success as a songwriter for Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake, who has hailed Cornish as "the best singer in the world right now".

A further writing credit on the Miley Cyrus hit "Party In The USA" followed before current label Island encouraged the singer to keep Do It Like A Dude to herself, instead of offering it to Rihanna, as she had first planned. Performances on 1Xtra's MistaJam show and Later... with Jools Holland soon brought the artist to a wider public consciousness, leading to a host of sold out London shows and a buzz of media anticipation around debut album Who You Are, all of which makes Jessie J a prime candidate for 2011's Sound Of shortlist.

Articles and Features More on this artist

  • Newsbeat Introducing

    Read the full article 23/11/10

    "You get the idea. Jessie J, aka Jessie Cornish, has an incredible singing voice. The kind of power that could compete with Leona Lewis or Florence and the Machine..."

  • Guardian New Band Of The Day (No 902)

    Read the full article 04/11/10

    "The Essex lass looks set to take on the likes of Beyoncé and Pink, having already written for Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus..."

  • Rap-Up.com - Jessie J Invades L.A.

    Read the full article 04/11/10

    "The future of pop is here, and her name is Jessie J..."

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  • 1. At 6:21pm on 19 Dec 2010, Dwayne wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 2. At 3:44pm on 04 Jan 2011, Dunny Owl wrote:

    Schwiing.

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  • 3. At 1:02pm on 06 Jan 2011, What barn door wrote:

    I'm not so sure this is the future of pop. The vocals sound all too familiar (the treatment they use is quite distinctive).
    Yes, it's pop, no it's not ground breaking. I doubt you will still be playing this in a few years time.
    I can see the type of people this would appeal to.
    She is certainly not the best singer in the world right now. If you think she is then you really need to listen to many more singers.

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  • 4. At 00:53am on 07 Jan 2011, pearjooce wrote:

    You can here the musical theatre training. For me the trouble with alot of 21st century pop music is it's all vocalists ego, there's no MUSICAL CONVERSATION with a band, instruments - just one topline, the vocalist banging on and on.. the magic of the classic pop and rock of the 70s was the interplay between the singers and arrangers or instrumentalists, with melodies wrapping around each other like in the dance of life. It just gets fatiguing on the ears in no time at all. Great technique, sure. But not great music. Sorry.

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  • 5. At 06:46am on 07 Jan 2011, Linda wrote:

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  • 6. At 09:16am on 07 Jan 2011, QueenCleo wrote:

    Jessie J is an amazing singer. Having seen her perform live I can testify to her extraordinary vocal ability and song writing skills.
    I think those who left comments above should really hear some of the other work she has done before making such sweeping statements.
    Have a look on YouTube for songs like 'who you are' and 'big white room' to get a fairer view of her talent.

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  • 7. At 10:43am on 07 Jan 2011, Hantheman wrote:

    You'd hope someone who's been writing poetry for so long would be able to write something interesting. Another rehash of boring R'n'B.

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  • 8. At 10:46am on 07 Jan 2011, tinkagain wrote:

    tend to agree with what barn door, in that I think that where Jessie is now with her overall sound and approach is short-term. She will need to develop/change somewhat if she is to maintain a long-term career, which is rare these days. For that reason (and others) I think Daley has the best long-term potential of the shortlisted artist, particularly if he develops a musical relationship with a good band as pbelko described. Simply Red, for instance, wasn't just about Hucknell's voice, they were about a general musicality. Daley's talent is assured, timeless, has more depth. Be interesting to see how good a song writer he becomes.

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  • 9. At 1:23pm on 07 Jan 2011, bigupyourself wrote:

    I can totally see why some people are saying short term sound etc but I think you guys may have only watched her video. I've been following her for ages and can tell you she has way more going on. One guy was saying how real musics about
    "MUSICAL CONVERSATION with a band, instruments - just one topline, the vocalist banging on and on.. the magic of the classic pop and rock of the 70s was the interplay between the singers and arrangers or instrumentalists, with melodies wrapping around each other like in the dance of life."
    If you look she's been playing with the same guitarist from the beginning and they do arrangements of everything live. When they do it you can see they know each other and that they are feeding off each other, and she sings in all different kinds of ways. I don't know if he's famous but I've only seen him play for her and He's the only one on her myspace so I think she does have genuine musical partnerships and her music breaths and dances when they play together. you have to remember that a music video is always more one dimensional, and a club style track is always going to sound like a club style track. But she even did a totally different version of Do it like a dude with her guitarist which is what I showed everyone, its on youtube. She's the real deal guys!

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  • 10. At 1:39pm on 07 Jan 2011, jhank wrote:

    Jessie, your talent is evident, but you're trying too hard. You look like a little girl wearing makeup for the first time and you're performing rather than singing. Don't let the trappings get in the way. Be yourself, sing from your heart, write around the edges a bit more. "Girl with crimson hair with Jesus 'round her neck"... capture the gist, don't let your lyrics be a blog. Best of luck. You've got a fantastic voice and great potential.

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