Jessie Ware (born 15th October 1984)
Jessica ('Jessie') Lois Ware is an English singer and songwriter best known for her singles 'Tough Love' and 'Say You Love Me'. She has released two studio albums and worked alongside a range of successful artists from the likes of SBTRKT to Nicki Minaj.
Personal Life: Ware was born in Hammersmith, London, and was raised in Clapham, South London. Her parents are Helena (a social worker) and John (a BBC Panorama reporter), who divorced when she was 10, and the younger sister of British actress Hannah Ware. Jessie has stated that her mum was a major support in getting her musical career off the ground. Ware went to at Alleyn's School in South London followed by the University of Sussex, where she took a degree in English Literature, and later worked as a journalist at the Jewish Chronicle. She gained useful contacts early on in her career by sharing a flat with Felix White of The Maccabees and through being friends with Adele. September 2014 saw her marry Sam Burrows. After a short period with The Jewish Chronicle Ware moved on to sports journalism at The Daily Mirror before moving on to working behind the scenes at TV company Love Productions alongside Fifty Shades of Grey author Erika Leonard (E.L James).
Musical Career: Ware began her musical career by doing backing vocals for Jack Peñate at live shows (many of which were on his tour in the USA) and Man Like Me. Ware was lated introduced to electronic artist/project SBTRKT through Tic - one of Peñate's bandmates. Ware then worked with SBTRKT on the single 'Nervous' in 2010, and therefore met Sampha - SBTRKT's main partner both on recordings and at live shows. They wrote the single 'Valentine' together which was then launched by Young Turks in 2011. These two singles, combined with extra work with DJ Joker resulted in Jessie Ware signing a deal with PMR Records. The 2011 album Ceremonials by Florence and the Machine also featured Ware.
Ware now began making progress on some solo material. October 2011 saw the release of her debut single 'Strangest Feeling', followed by 'Running' in February 2012 - the title track from her upcoming album. Two more singles followed, one of which (entitled 'Wildest Moments') was played as backing music to a montage of Andy Murray's third round win at Wimbledon that year - this was commented on by Ware as being the proudest moment of her career. Devotion, Ware's debut studio album, was released in August 2012 and reached number five on the UK Albums Chart. Devotion received further success the following month when it was nominated for the reputable Mercury Prize. A year later and Ware began touring the UK in March 2013 with support from Laura Mvula. European and American tours as well as festival appearances followed over the course of the year.
The first single from Ware's next album aired for the first time as Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record' on BBC Radio 1. Entitled 'Tough Love', it became one of Ware's most popular singles to date. Ware's second studio album included work from a wide range of talented artists, including Kid Harpoon, Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore, Miguel, James Ford, Nineteen85, Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. Entitled Tough Love, the new record came out in October 2014 and got into the top ten once again - peaking at number nine on the UK Albums Chart.
New additions add to the excitement of this already highly anticipated Nottingham festival.
No Tomorrow Festival 2015 welcomes a handful of further additions to their already exciting line-up; Milky Chance, Gorgon City and Nick Mulvey are the latest to join the ever-growing bill for Nottingham's most unmissable weekend of the Summer.
They will be joining with the likes of already announced artists James Bay, John Newman, Jessie Ware and MNEK for the second year of No Tomorrow Festival, which is taking place at Nottingham's Wollaton Park from June 6th to 7th. Other new announcements were SOAK, Karen Harding, JP Cooper, Zak Abel, My Nu Leng, Justin Martin and Grades.
There's little doubt that 'Tough Love' is one of the most eagerly anticipated British album releases of the year. Following the near-universal critical acclaim which greeted Jessie Ware's debut 'Devotion' in 2012 that's hardly surprising either. Is Jessie Ware the contemporary soulstress we need? An artist who has created her own niche by marrying the best traits of singer-songwriter types in the mould of Emeli Sande with the slick production harnessed by previous collaborators including SBTRKT? Riding on the wave of good will which followed the success of 'Devotion', Jessie Ware was this and more.
So we turn to 2014 and the arrival of 'Tough Love' - the archetypal 'difficult second album'. Except, it would seem, nobody told Jessie Ware. 'Tough Love' sounds nothing like a difficult second album. At its best, 'Tough Love' is effortlessly graceful. The focus of the record has shifted squarely onto Ware's vocal with the production, still super-slick, now less pronounced than on 'Devotion'. It's a bold move because the cutting-edge production which had characterised Ware's sound is a big part of her appeal. It's also something which has enabled her to avoid being labelled as MOR, a crucial part of her success to date.
This notable shift in focus works because Ware's honey-laden voice drips deliciously off virtually every syllable on the record. Opener 'Tough Love' is an elegant slice of sophisticated soul-pop and sets the tone for much of what is to follow. 'Cruel' is the album's most outstanding moment and boasts an effortless hook that's sure to be humming around your head for days. On repeated listens, it becomes clear that this is an album of songs which have been built around big chorus hooks much more than its predecessor. What makes this so effective though is that, apart from 'Say You Love Me', these hooks don't feel contrived. Instead, they evolve easily within the songs, maintaining that elegance which is only enhanced by Ware's intimate vocal.
Continue reading: Jessie Ware - Tough Love Album Review
Ryan Adams has been added to the iTunes Festival line-up for 2014.
After selling out a string of UK gigs in September, the returning Ryan Adams has been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London joining the previously announced headliners Maroon 5, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer. As well as Adams, Jessie Ware and Lenny Kravitz will play the ever-popular festival.
Ryan Adams at a Nike event in 2008 [Getty/Donald Bowers]
"I'm really excited about my new album, Strut, and playing the festival this year, as well as working with iTunes," Kravitz said in a statement. "Looking forward to seeing everybody at the show next month!"
Continue reading: Ryan Adams Added To ITunes Festival Line-up After Concerts Sell Out
North Carolina's Mountain Oasis festival is showing some love for British electronic artists such as Gary Numan and Disclosure.
The 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit brings another year of eclectic electronics with rather a large helping of Britain filling up the line-up!
Headlining this amazing festival in Asheville, North Carolina on the last weekend of October (25th-27th 2013) is Nine Inch Nails; unsurprisingly, given their impressive headlining record this year which includes Lollapalooza, Leeds & Reading Festival, Outside Lands and Rock en Seine. Also scraping the top of the bill are Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, but there's something particularly British about a good chunk of the bands that follow.
The 'Katy On A Mission' singer had some big news at a small gig.
Pop star Katy B announced details of an upcoming new album last night at a homecoming London show where songs from her new album, titled Little Red, were debuted.
Katy B Prepares To Drop A New Record.
Katy played 10 songs at the capital's XOYO venue, six of which were brand new songs, reports NME. "Would you like to hear a song from my new album?" Katy asked the crowd to cheers of "yeah!" Do you want to know what it's called? It's called Little Red."
Continue reading: Katy B Announces New Album 'Little Red' At Exclusive London Show
Just as it is right and proper that you support your local football team, regardless of their performance, so it is I think that you should support your local festival. (Lounge On The Farm, set in the idyllic Kent countryside just outside Canterbury, is mine). Not everyone can go to Glastonbury and not everyone should support Manchester United; it's not all about the most money, the highest gate or the biggest names. If in doubt, there is always pride, hope, aspiration and an undying loyalty that should lead you to see the positives.
Lounge On The Farm had been going from strength to strength in recent years with numbers swelling, performance areas and performers growing in number and, in general terms, their pedigree rising year on year. Last year may have not seemed like that upon early inspection but it turned out to be a triumph of instinctive and intuitive booking: Emeli Sande (What a year she had in the end), Nile Rogers with Chic (After their Daft Punk collaboration LOTF would have had no chance this year and he didn't even headline), Dexys, The Charlatans (Both enjoying a critical resurgence) and The Wombats etc.
This year the line-up didn't look that strong, or seemed to have strength in depth, and in part that was true. It was a little like seeing your team climb from the fourth tier of the football league, show real championship playoff potential and then have their hopes scuppered by premiership teams coming in for your best players leaving you with no time, or money, left for a new signing. 2 years ago the Vaccines played at about 4pm, as did Spektor. Graham Coxon was somewhere in a far off field and Katy B wooed the crowd in the early evening before The Streets, Ellie Goulding and finally, but magnificently, Echo & The Bunnymen brought the weekend to a close. (Oh yeah and Example and Annie Mac came too....there were real decisions to be made)
Continue reading: Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm, Kent 26th-28th July 2013 Live Review
Although technically a music festival the Henham Park, Southwold, gathering mixed arts, comedy and more for an experience like no other
Within it's scenic woodland surroundings, Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, was once again the place to be this past weekend (19 - 21 July) as the worlds of music, arts, comedy, cabaret and more all mixed seamlessly together for a weekend to remember.
Bloc Party rounded off the first day
Although it was Bloc Party who headlined the main-stage on the first night (Friday 19 July), revellers didn't have to wait around to get their first taste of the wonders of festival-life. With the Maccabees, Yo La Tengo and The Leisure Society coming before them, one of the most warmly received acts came from one of the smaller stages, the BBC Radio 6 stage. Texas were the headliners of the night and despite their more radio-friendly sound ging against the alternative grain most of the festival takes, their renditions of 'I Don’t Want a Lover,' 'Summer Son' and a host of new tracks had the audience eating out of singer Sharleen Spiteri's hands. Meanwhile Japandroids and DIIV were among the bigger names on the smaller stages, whilst Lee Nelson and Sean Lock were among those bringing the laughs to the Comedy Stage.
Glastonbury Festival 2013 will be remembered for the debut of The Rolling Stones, though plenty of other acts made it one of best festivals in years.
And that's it. Another year passes and Worthy Farm closes its gates on the Glastonbury Festival revellers for another 12 months. Though there's always the distant murmur of someone professing it "the best Glastonbury ever," there was a palpable feeling that this year's festival was among the finest in history. Firstly, there was heightened anticipation given the fallow year in 2012 and secondly, the sun came out. Oh, and The Rolling Stones made their debut, rollicking through a two-and-a-half-hour set on Saturday (June 29, 2013) and scoring five-star reviews across the board.
Mick Jagger Performing With The Rolling Stones At Glastonbury Festival in 2013
The surprise return of David Bowie in 2013 had left many commentators speculating on the possibility of the Thin White Duke headlining the legendary festival, though there was no lingering thoughts of "What if?" once Glastonbury got underway on Friday with a snappy set from Sheffield heroes Arctic Monkeys. Bowie became all but a moot point after Saturday, when Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and company played a career spanning set that included 'Jumping Jack Flash,' 'Tumbling Dice,' 'Start Me Up,' 'You Can't Always Get What You Want,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Doom and Gloom' and 'Midnight Rambler.' "The night belongs to the Stones. By turning on the charm as well as the formidable back catalogue, they prove themselves well worth the wait," said the Guardian's Dorian Lynskey.
Date of birth
15th October, 1984
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