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A British singer/songwriter who became known for the 2012 single “Wildest Moments,” Jessie Ware was called “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade” by Clash magazine for her sophisticated blend of R&B, synth-pop, adult contemporary, and trip-hop. On her studio debut album, Devotion—also noted by critics as one of 2012’s more adventurous albums—Ware works with esteemed producers Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, and Keith Uddin to carefully craft this music. While her voice has been compared to Sade's and Lisa Stansfield's, her music can be likened to a wider palette of sounds, including Roxy Music’s Avalon and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. Aside from kicking off with an opening trio of tunes that any R&B artist would desire, Devotion includes four additional singles in “Night Light,” “Sweet Talk,” “Imagine It Was Us,” and a reworked version of “110%” that’s now called “If You’re Never Gonna Move” due to legal issues concerning clearances of a Big Punisher sample.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A British singer/songwriter who became known for the 2012 single “Wildest Moments,” Jessie Ware was called “the missing link between Adele, SBTRKT and Sade” by Clash magazine for her sophisticated blend of R&B, synth-pop, adult contemporary, and trip-hop. On her studio debut album, Devotion—also noted by critics as one of 2012’s more adventurous albums—Ware works with esteemed producers Julio Bashmore, Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, and Keith Uddin to carefully craft this music. While her voice has been compared to Sade's and Lisa Stansfield's, her music can be likened to a wider palette of sounds, including Roxy Music’s Avalon and Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange. Aside from kicking off with an opening trio of tunes that any R&B artist would desire, Devotion includes four additional singles in “Night Light,” “Sweet Talk,” “Imagine It Was Us,” and a reworked version of “110%” that’s now called “If You’re Never Gonna Move” due to legal issues concerning clearances of a Big Punisher sample.

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About Jessie Ware

A diverse handful of guest appearances and solo singles across 2010 and 2011 situated Jessie Ware in a line of remarkable soul-inspired U.K. vocalists, including Tracey Thorn, Sade, Lisa Stansfield, and Caron Wheeler. Ware, a native of South London, England, arrived with background vocals for Man Like Me and Jack Peñate and took the lead on RackNRuin's "Soundclash," where she revealed a voice powerful enough to be heard and felt over a frantic breakbeat-driven production. By the end of 2010, she issued "Nervous," a collaboration with SBTRKT. The following year was even more productive. Her first 2011 release was "Valentine," a sighing/swooning duet with vocalist/producer Sampha. It was followed by two appearances on SBTRKT's self-titled album, one of which -- the garage/broken beat hybrid "Sanctuary" -- also featured Sampha. "The Vision," the title track on dubstep producer Joker's 4AD debut, was the most impressive showcase for Ware yet, and she closed out the year with another solo single, "Strangest Feeling," a somewhat emotionally wrenching track produced by the Invisible's Dave Okumu. Okumu and Julio Bashmore collaborated with Ware for the singer's first release of 2012, the plush sophisti-pop single "Running." An album, Devotion, followed on Island that August. It debuted at number five in the U.K. and was shortlisted for the 2012 Mercury Prize. In 2014, after extensive touring and recording, Ware released the singles "Tough Love" and "Say You Love Me," the latter of which was a collaboration with Ed Sheeran. The album Tough Love followed that October. Ware returned in July 2017 with "Midnight," the first single from her third album. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    Oct 15, 1984

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