Jessie J

Jessie J
Jessie J. Photo by Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

Early Life and Career

Jessica Cornish, aka Jessie J, was born March 27, 1988 in London, England. As an 11-year-old she was cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of Whistle Down the Wind. She wrote her first song, "Big White Room," at age 17. It was about being hospitalized at age 11 and sharing a room with a younger boy who eventually died. She signed a contract with the label Gut Records in 2006 and toured with a number of high profiled pop, soul, and hip hop artists.

However, Gut Records closed their doors before releasing any of Jessie J's music.

Jessie J's Songwriting Success

Jessie J also signed a publishing contract with Sony ATV, and she set about to gain songwriting success. She worked writing music for Chris Brown and others. Then the opportunity came to co-write the song "Party In the USA." Miley Cyrus recorded the song and it hit #2 in the US giving Jessie J a significant break in the business.

Awards and Hit Singles

Following the songwriting success Jessie J signed a worldwide recording contract with the Universal Music Group. Her first single "Do It Like a Dude," a song originally intended for Rihanna, was released in November 2010 in the UK. It promptly hit #2 on the UK pop singles chart. At the end of the year Jessie J topped the BBC's Sound of 2011 list, and then it was announced that she would receive the Brit Awards Critics' Choice honor.

A second single "Price Tag," with a featured rap from B.o.B. and produced by Dr. Luke, appeared in January 2011. It debuted at #1 on the UK pop singles chart and became Jessie's J first release to break into the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. Her debut album Who You Are took nearly six years in total to complete and finally hit stores in the UK at the end of February 2011 and in the US in April.

It reached #2 on the UK chart and #11 in the US. In August Jessie J released the single "Domino." It became her biggest hit yet in the US peaking at #6 and was her second #1 hit in the UK.

Alive

Jessie J performed a duet with will.i.am at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012. She was also a performer at the 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremonies in London in August 2012. Jessie J served as a coach on the UK version of The Voice in 2012 and 2013.

Jessie J recorded her second studio album Alive over a 12 month period between June 2012 and May 2013. The album's first single "Wild" was released in May 2013 in the UK. It included featured vocals from both Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal. The single peaked at #5 in the UK but failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The next single "It's My Party" was a direct response to haters and released in the UK in September along with the album Alive. Both the single and the album peaked at #3. However, Jessie J's album was not released in the US after her label decided it was not a good match for the American market.

Sweet Talker

When Alive was scrapped for the American market, Jessie J set to work on her third solo album Sweet Talker.

The first single from the the album was the superstar collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on "Bang Bang" released in July 2014. Peaking at #3, it was her biggest hit yet in the US. Consequently, Sweet Talker became Jessie J's first top 10 charting album in the US and her third consecutive album to reach the top 5 in the UK. Unfortunately, her follow up singles "Burnin' Up" and "Masterpiece" were not successful. Neither reached the top 40 in either the US or UK.