As a small child Jessica Ellen Cornish sang, wrote her own songs, studied ballet, tap and modern dancing and performed with her two elder sisters as the Cornish Pasties. She also had parts in commercials and at the age of ten secured the role of Brat in the Andrew Lloyd Webber West End production of Whistle Down The Wind. Around the same time she was diagnosed as suffering from the heart condition Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome that found her spending time in Great Ormond Street hospital. At fifteen she took part in the UK commercial television talent show Britain's Best Pop Prodigy, winning the competition and receiving numerous accolades from music industry figures including Bee Gee Robin Gibb who predicted a great future for her. Although she hadn't enjoyed regular school and wouldn't even sing while studying there, she enrolled at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon where she was in the same year as Adele and Leona Lewis. At the same time she attended the school she was also part of the girl group Soul Deep and was spotted by GUT Records founder Guy Holmes, but while things were looking positive on the career front, the year she graduated from the BRIT school she suffered a minor stroke due her heart condition and despite signing a contract with GUT the label folded soon after. Undeterred she gained a publishing deal with Sony ATV and as a songwriter co-wrote several songs for other artists including Dizzee Rascal and Chris Brown as well as 'Party In The U.S.A.' for Miley Cyrus. Cornish also worked as a backing singer with Cyndi Lauper on her 2008 tour of the UK.
A new joint deal with Lava Records and Universal Republic enabled her to begin recording her solo debut with help from songwriters and producers including Lukasz Gottwald (Dr. Luke), Claude Kelly, Chris Brown, the Invisible Men, Toby Gad and Shelly Peiken. At the end of 2010 using the name Jessie J for the first time she released the single 'Do It Like A Dude' which peaked at No 2 in the UK and was followed a couple of months later by the hugely popular 'Price Tag' (featuring B.o.B.) which topped charts around the World including the UK. Her debut album Who Are You entered the UK charts at No 2 and No 11 in the USA and went on to sell in excess of two and a half million copies worldwide. Subsequent singles 'Nobody's Perfect' and 'Who's Laughing Now' peaked at No 9 and No 16 respectively while 'Domino' became her second UK chart topper and a USA No 6. Bringing the tally of singles lifted from the album to seven, 'Who Are You' and 'LaserLight' (featuring David Guetta) both entered the UK Top 10 and she also made a chart appearance featuring on James Morrison's Top 30 hit 'Up'.
In March 2012 Jessie J made her debut as one of the coaches alongside Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue (of The Script) on the BBC TV Talent show The Voice UK, a role she held for the first two seasons of the show. In March 2013 she had her head shaved on behalf of the Comic Relief charity and raised an impressive half a million pounds. She later quit The Voice UK to concentrate on her music career and particularly on her second album which she recorded with several of the songwriters and producers she had collaborated with on her debut, including Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly plus new contributors such as Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler, Cirkut, Stargate, Benny Bianco, TMS and Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins. The new album was heralded by two singles, 'Wild' (featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal) debuted at No 5 in the UK while 'It's My Party' debuted at No 3. Alive was released towards the end of September 2013 and entered the UK charts at No 3 although an American release was delayed in order for her to record a few new tracks specifically for that territory. Jessie J has been applauded for being completely open about her bisexuality, an admission that she hopes will make fans more comfortable about their own and other people's sexuality.
One of Britain's most successful and popular new singer/songwriters, Jessie J has, in a relatively short period of time established herself as one of the UK's most significant young artists. With a versatile three octave vocal range her songs, while essentially pop, draw influence from both rock and soul and she has proved herself a talented songwriter and hit maker with Top 3 albums and Top 10 singles (including two chart toppers) to her credit. Her tenure on The Voice UK introduced her to a wider audience than her music alone would have done and she showed herself to be a feisty, ebullient personality who very much knows her own mind.
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