Like many featured artists-turned-stars in their own right (John Newman, Sam Smith, Rita Ora), flame-haired British vocalist Jess Glynne had already achieved chart-topping success long before her first official solo release.
However, having only made a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in the video for Clean Bandit’s Grammy-winning electro-classical smash “Rather Be,” and had her soulful tones twisted beyond all recognition for Route 94’s deep house throwback “My Love,” the 25-year-old was still a fairly anonymous figure by the time she finally made the leap to headline name last summer.
However, since then, Jess Glynne has been fairly inescapable. First, there was her Gorgon City-produced debut single, “Right Here,” which proved she was worthy of taking all of the spotlight. Then there was a second Clean Bandit hook-up (“Real Love”) in which she took center stage and received equal billing. And then earlier this year, she spent three weeks at number one in the UK with the glorious house-pop of “Hold My Hand.”
Formerly a boutique assistant, fitness center worker and hairdresser, Londoner Glynne began her music career when she landed a job at a management company in her late teens. After several years of honing her craft with songwriting partners Jin Jin and Bless Beats, she signed a publishing deal with Black Butter Records and then a record contract with Atlantic in 2013.
Since breaking through to the mainstream with her double whammy of hit collabs, she’s performed at Glastonbury, Wireless and Bestival, provided vocals for grime rapper Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go” and worked behind the scenes on tracks for the likes of Iggy Azalea, Little Mix and Rita Ora.
Featuring contributions from Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Talay Riley and Starsmith, Jess Glynne’s debut album I Cry When I Laugh is scheduled for release in August, and looks set to continue her remarkable ascent.
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