Bands to Watch: Jessie Ware

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Jessie Ware is a South London-born pop/r&b singer/songwriter who first came to prominence in 2011 when she appeared as a featured artist on SBTKRT’s self-titled album. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until a year later, when she released her debut studio album “Devotion”, that she cemented her place within the music industry.

The lead single from the album “Running” proved particularly popular, largely down to the remix of the track from electronic music duo Disclosure. Whereas the following singles “110%” and “Wildest Moments” failed to make a significant impact on the charts, the album certainly didn’t go unrecognised. Devotion debuted at #5 in the Official UK Albums chart and was also in the running for the prestigious Mercury Prize award in 2012 (alt-J’s “An Awesome Wave” went on to win). Ware was also nominated for Best Female Act at the MOBO Awards in 2012 and 2013, narrowly losing out to Emeli Sande and Laura Mvula respectively.

In October 2014, Jessie Ware released her second album “Tough Love”, which charted at #9 in the weeks of its release. The title track from the record peaked at #34 in the UK Singles Chart to give Jessie Ware her first UK Top 40 single. However, “Say You Love M”’ – the second single from the album which she co-wrote with fellow singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran – proved to be her most successful release to date, reaching #22. “You & I Forever”, the third track to be lifted off “Tough Love”, is currently scheduled for a release on Monday, January 12th, 2015.

2015 looks set to be a big year for Jessie Ware, as she embarks on a 20-show headline tour of the UK and Europe in January and February, which includes two dates at the London Brixton Academy. She’ll be following the tour up with a scheduled appearance at SXSW 2015 in March.