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Who You Are is this UK pop sensation's debut album. Mix a bit of Rihanna with Gwen Stefani, add the charisma of Pink, and you will start to get an idea of what kind of girl Jessie J is.

About the Artist

essie J is not just a great pop artist...or a great R&B artist, or even a great hip-hop artist. The British-born, Essex-bred vocalist is malleable enough to encompass several genres, while displaying vocals reminiscent of Motown-era greats. Although she may not be able to play the piano, Jessie is armed with the chops to blow people away, and the song-writing skills to pen a worldwide hit. After one listen, it's clear the extraordinary Jessie J stands alone. For Jessie, her Lava/Universal Republic debut album, WHO YOU ARE, showcases the skills of a gifted lyricist while highlighting an unforgettable journey. While Jessie's road to success hasn't always been easy, she's quick to emphasize the normalcy of her childhood. Growing up the youngest of three children, Jessie's mother was a nursery school teacher and her father a social worker. "My family is very creative, but no one in my family sings... I was the only one who put my life to a melody..." For Jessie, melody has been the driving force behind her successful career as a singer/songwriter. At 17, Jessie wrote her first song "Big White Room." The song was inspired by real life events--specifically the time she was hospitalized at 11-years-old while sharing a room with a younger boy who sadly lost his life. "I knew I wanted to write a song about that experience," she divulges. The song has followed Jessie J throughout her career, and it remains a YouTube and crowd favorite when she performs it live. Her YouTube rendition has been viewed nearly 300,000 times and has garnered over 50 covers organically without radio airplay. "'Big White Room' is my comfort blanket, and I'm so happy that people can personalize the meaning of the song..." states Jessie. Around the same time, Jessie J was signed to a short-lived independent label deal. She toured with various high-profile artists including Macy Gray, Sugarbabes, Girls Aloud, Chris Brown, Jools Holland, Cyndi Lauper and Taio Cruz. While showcasing her diva-infused voice and infectious songs, she had the freedom to explore her sound and a chance to teach herself how to adapt to diverse audiences. "I never had a band. It was me, my CD, my heels and a huge stage to fill. I loved that I had no one and nothing to hide behind..." The label eventually went bankrupt and closed its doors. Still armed with a SONY ATV publishing deal, Jessie continued to hone her writing skills. It wasn't long before Jessie had opportunities thrown at her by the dozen. One of her songs, "Sexy Silk," was selected by NIVEA for a worldwide campaign. "I remember seeing the ad at the cinema and wanting to tell everyone, 'That's me! That's me!" In the last few years, Jessie has penned songs for the likes of Chris Brown and Lisa Lois the Holland X Factor winner. Her life also inspired the melody of a major hit record, "Party in the USA," sung and performed by Miley Cyrus. "When Dr. Luke texted me saying my song was #1 on iTunes, I thought it was a joke!" she laughs. Now, Jessie's signed worldwide to Universal Music Group. In the US, she inked a deal with Lava/Universal Republic Records and Island Records in the UK. "I feel like my album is an example of what exists in the world of music right now. It's like my album is an iPod... it's like when you go clubbing these days, you don't have a pop room and a separate R&B room, they're all together. People just appreciate great music..." The title track and 1st single, "Who You Are" is about a point in Jessie's career where the singer's aspirations were hanging on a thread. "The most important thing in life is to be happy, but everything had become too 'business' and sterile. I really thought I was going to quit--not music, but the music wasn't easy," Jessie states. "I was really down, but when I'm down, I write a song about it." Not all of Jessie J's songs are built around hardship. Much like Jessie herself, a lot of songs on WHO YOU ARE, are of the fun, upbeat variety she displayed in previous songs such as, "Party in the USA." Other songs that have had immense reactions on YouTube include "Rainbow," "Stand Up" and "Whose Laughing Now"--all written about personal times in her life. Mix a bit of Rihanna with Gwen Stefani, add the charisma of Pink, and you will start to get an idea of what kind of girl Jessie J is. As much as she can be a voice for the hard times, those soulful, Aretha Franklin-esque vocals can also soundtrack the best of times too. Take the Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus) produced song "Price Tag"--an upbeat, energetic dance number that highlights Jessie's booming voice and can still stand out amidst glossy production. There's also the live staple, "Mamma Knows Best," which showcases her hair-raising range and is an extremely funky ode to her loving parents. "My mom and dad always know best. I hate to admit that sometimes, but the song says it all. I base my confidence on purity and I want to be a role model... I want people to know that I am an unedited version of myself. I plan to expose the good and the bad to show that life is about being WHO YOU ARE..."

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B004K7HMJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on April 12, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Subtlety you will not find on this record.

What you will find is a plethora of upbeat and slow, catchy, vaguely British, sometimes cliché-- but always entertaining songs that will either make you want to get up and dance or scream along to in your car with the top down. It's the perfect summer album.

Jessica Cornish aka Jessie J has been working for almost six years churning out hits for artists like Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. Jessie is no overnight success. She's put in the years of hard work. Her versatility both in style and music choice is one of my favorite things about Jessie, which is ironically the very thing she's been getting the most flak about from critics.

I like that she doesn't sound the same on every song. I like that "Mamma Knows Best" has an underlying Motown feel while the hard hitting "Do It Like a Dude" is a hybrid of hip-hop/pop. What some critics are calling "lack of direction," I call variety. And it's not like you're going to find an opera bit on here, these songs are all definitely within Jessie's comfort zones of r&b, pop, Motown and hip-hop. As a caution though, if you were expecting the entire album to sound like "Price Tag" or even "Do It Like a Dude," then you will be in for a surprise.

While sometimes Jessie's overly simplified lyrics can get on my nerves, what is undeniable is Jessie's vocal talent. Her voice is never lost in autotune or "corrected." Jessie knows she has a good voice and is unafraid to showcase that. While she's not Adele or Amy, Jessie blows the roof off in comparison to other mainstream rivals like Ke$ha or Rihanna.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tuts333 on April 16, 2011
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Jessie J is brillant! She's very talented and keeps her listeners entertained. I loved each and every song. Usually artists aren't so versatile but Jessie J proved that wrong! She switches from Hip Hop, to R&B, to Pop and you won't feel that she's putting too much effort into it. Her adlibs and vocals are amazing for each song, she adds a different style to each song she sings! My favorite songs from here album are: L.O.V.E(vocals are INCREDIBLE it'll give you chills), I Need This(This song will make you speechless..just listen and you'll understand what I'm saying), Mama Knows Best(A jazzy feel song that you can relate to), and Do It Like a Dude(a different style of song that'll make you want to just get up and dance). This is definately an ablbum anyone should get if they want to hear a different fresh mix of music. Who You Are gets 5 stars from ME!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
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One thing about Jessie J that works for and against (in seemingly equal parts) is that she kind of sounds like an amalgam of a variety of popular artists today. If you took Natasha Bedingfield and splashed her musicality with the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, P!nk, Lily Allen, Keri Hilson, Anouk and Christina Aguilera you'd have Jessie J. The good thing about this is that she is versatile. Her album shows a lot of range. The bad thing is that she doesn't have any real signature sound to differentiate her from the artists I mentioned above. She lacks the focus needed to create her own sound. That doesn't mean that she doesn't turn out some good music. In fact, some of the songs on `Who You Are' are exceptional; especially that title track. The problem is that I'm not sure who she is yet.

But Jessie has bigger problems rearing their heads on this album.

Namely, it's the lyrical content, which is quite shallow in parts and just uninteresting and uninspired for the most part. She doesn't stretch herself with her ability to write (which she's been doing long before she started to sing) and so her album pales in comparison to those of the artists she emulates (well, most of them).

With an album like this, I really don't know where to start because there aren't many songs that sound similar (semi-great thing), so I'll just pick a place.

How about the top!

When she goes the `Natasha Bedingfield/Anouk' route she shines the brightest. `Who You Are' is simply divine, and it closes the album perfectly because it actually had me wanting to listen to it all over again to find more kernels of that kind of brilliance. That chorus alone is just ridiculous; it's nearly an event all its own.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on April 16, 2011
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Jessie J has been around for several years it seems, penning hits for other artists (most notably Miley Cyrus' 'Party in the U.S.A.). It seems just now that she is really beginning to catch fire both in the US and in her native UK. 'Price Tag', the first commercially successful single by Jessie, has already gone to the top spot on the UK charts and is steadily climbing the charts in the US. Now, she has released her debut album, and while she shows amazing signs of promise, there isn't a concise idea here that shows anything about Jessie J as an artist, other then she has some stellar pipes.

Price Tag: The most well-known track on the album, this definitely gets a boost from some great Dr. Luke production. Overall, it has a nice island vibe with B.o.B. dropping a solid rap. A very pleasant song. B

Nobody's Perfect: This track rises most due to Jessie's invested singing, paired with a solid hook and some fairly well-written lyrics. Definite single potential. B+

Abracadabra: Dr. Luke gives some more solid production, but this has some weak writing that makes it a little weaker than its predecessor. Another good track, but not exceptional by any means. B

Big White Room: This track may have sounded better as a bonus to end the album; right here it stops the album dead. A vocally profound performance with some very nice lyrics, but this one suffers a bit from unnecessary length. B-

Casualty of Love: Another song held up by Jessie's vocals. The writing is okay here, and the production is inoffensive, but not mind-blowing. B

Rainbow: This one offers a bit of a rap break, and has the most catchy chorus of any song on the album. A shiny gem with an uplifting message.
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