JESSIE J is probably my biggest inspiration in the music industry. In fact, I would say she is my biggest inspiration. At the age of 23, Jessie has had a crazy year. Being previously in the shadows, penning tunes for the likes of Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown, Jessie has finally emerged into a fully fledged superstar. The recent one year anniversary of her debut number one single 'Do It Like A Dude' is a milestone of how far she has come; a sell out tour across the UK and releasing a platinum album....already!
Due to MASSIVE demand, Jessie was forced to add more tour dates to her 'Heartbeat Tour'...as if she didn't want to! So I was lucky enough to bag a ticket from a friend and see her live for the third time this year...and what a show it was! After breaking her foot after falling off the stage whilst rehearsing for Capital FM's Summer Time Ball, Jessie performed all her summer gigs with a huge 'moon boot' (as she called it) on her leg whilst sitting on a throne. Her Hammersmith Apollo performance was the first time I had seen her perform without it.
Jumping and dancing around the stage showed me how energetic she was and I realised it must have been so hard for her to just sit and perform. Jessie went all out on her last London show, even handing out heart shaped baloons to the crowd and inviting the X Factor contestants up on stage to sing with her! Her ability to make the crowd howl with laughter and cry their eyes out is one talent. Her voice, is another. The whole audience were up on their feet (including her grandparents who were watching her perform for the first time!) throughout the gig singing to her best known songs including 'Who's Laughing Now' and 'Price Tag' and even her not so well known ones 'Technology' and 'My Shadow' which I think overwhelmed her. I don't know much about music, but it is clear to see that Jessie has extreme talent and she is constantly improving.
Once dubbed as 'the best singer in the world' by Justin Timberlake, Jessie has the ability to sing any song. Her voice, better live than on the CD, is simply phenomenal and she is finally getting the credit she deserves. Winning titles including Best Female Artist (Urban Music Awards) Best Newcomer, UK act, Album and Song at the MOBO's and Critic's Choice Award at the Brits are to name a few of her awards this year so far.
So, if you haven't already, get listening to Jessie J's debut album 'Who You Are' and make sure you get tickets for her next tour. As an aspiring journalist, my ambition is to interview Jessie so keep an eye out as one day it WILL happen!
p.s. don't be shocked when you see a bald Jessie next year. She's swapping the iconic bob for a shiny, cold head. As she tweeted earlier this year “It’s hair, It will grow back. Even if it takes 2 years, if it saves lives it’s worth it. Even if its 1 life that’s something".