Day Twelve: Your favourite musical artist’s life story…

Jessie J

Jessica Cornish, better known as Jessie J, was born in London on 27th March 1988. When she was 11 years old she performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of Whistle Down the Wind.  At aged 16 she attended the BRIT school and at 17 joined a girl group called Soul Deep, which she left after two years. At aged 18 she suffered a stroke as a result of being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome at aged 11.

Later she signing with GUT records and then getting a song writing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She wrote for various artists including Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus.

She signed with Universal where she came to fame following her debut single “Do it like a Dude” which reached number two in the UK Singles Charts. She topped the charts in nineteen countries including the UK, France, Ireland and New Zealand with “Price Tag”.

Her debut album, Who You Are, was released in 2011 which reached number two in the UK. Her other releases from the album include “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Who You Are” and “Who’s Laughing Now”. They are entered the top 20 in the UK.

The release of “Domino”, her fifth single provided her with more international chart success as it peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It also became her second UK number one. Her single “Laserlight” became her sixth top ten single from the album, which made her the first British female artist to have six top ten singles on one album.

Jessie J’s music mixes various music styles including soul, contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop. She has received various awards and nominations for her contributions to the music industry including the 2011 Critics’ Choice BRIT Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2011.

In June 2011 she ruptured several tendons in her foot during a rehearsal and had to perform sitting on glided throne. Jessie had to have surgery to fix the injuries sustained to her foot. After surgery she was unable to perform for several weeks while she recovered. On 2nd August 2011 she confirmed that she would shave her hair for charity in 2012. In relation to shaving her hair she tweeted ‘its hair, it will grow back. Even if it takes two years, if it saves lives it’s worth it. Even if it’s one life, that’s something.”

As of 2012, Jessie J has sold over 11 million singles and 2.5 million albums worldwide. She also starred as coach and mentor on the television show, The Voice UK.


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