The Spotlight


By Luanne Lim

Who:  Jessie Ware
Where:  London, England (UK)
For fans of:  Adele, Sade, Jessie J.

These days it seems like all music is coming from across the pond – not that we’re complaining. The latest UK artist to make her way into the iPods of American listeners is R&B/Electronic singer-songwriter, Jessie Ware.

Though relatively new to the music world, Jessie Ware has had her fair share of run-ins with many musical artists. In an interview with the New York Times, Ware reminisces on her Alleyn’s School days with Florence Welch (from Florence & the Machine), whom she performed with in the school’s adaptation of “Guys and Dolls.”

Her early connections with musicians seem to have paid off. In 2009, Ware was invited by her old friend, Jack Peñate, to sing backing vocals for a gig on BBC. That small gig transitioned into Peñate’s American tour. The following year brought a collaboration and friendship with dubstep producer, SBTRKT. After releasing ear-catching singles, with artists like Sampha and DJ Joker, in 2011, Ware was signed to PMR Records/Island as a solo artist. She then set out to record and release a full-length album, titled Devotion. The album, released in the UK on August 2012, was well-received, debuting at no. 5, earning a Mercury Prize nomination as well as two 2013 BRIT nominations.        

2013 brings what looks to be another promising year for the British songbird. Ware recently signed a US label deal with Cherrytree Records (an imprint of Interscope). Under the major record label, she released her EP, If You’re Never Gonna Move, which you can purchase on iTunes. The EP is Ware’s debut album in the US. It features five electronically soulful songs from her UK album Devotion. The rest of Devotion’s songs will be released on iTunes later on in the year.

If the 5-song EP isn’t enough to hold you until the release of the rest of Devotion, check out more of Jessie Ware’s songs on SoundCloud.

Jessie Ware’s hauntingly beautiful voice paired with a good rhythm and an electronic dance beat is something worth listening to. Her style is a throwback to the good old R&B sound of the 90s-2000s, which seems to be making a 2013 comeback. It’s safe to say that Ware is yet another British artist we are more than happy to welcome.

Video:  If You’re Never Gonna Move

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