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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 industry...it 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..."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B004K7HMJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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She appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2014 and made a memorable impression. The music's a lot like Aerosmith, think "Dude looks like a Lady". Cool sound with some extremely sexy lyrics. Refreshing change from the cookie cutter garbage that pervades the current music scene. Try this for a ride on the wild side.
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Jessie J got a strong promotional push in the US from her label - she seemed to be absolutely everywhere in 2011 but I really didn't pay her too much attention until I saw her perform on Saturday Night Live. I was very impressed by her vocal skills and felt that her album would probably be as good as the songs she performed...well, i was kinda right.

As debut albums go, it does what it's supposed to do - showcase her voice by having her sing around a variety of musical genres but I'm not quite sure of who she actually intends to be as an artist. There is no signature "Jessie J" sound, just her singing very well on tracks that ran the gamut from r&b/pop, pop power ballads & a little bit of hip hop which lends variety to the album - each song is distinct in its production so as a listener I was not bored. I will also say that the songs I like, I REALLY like & the songs I hate, I REALLY REALLY hate so with that being said my faves are:

PRICE TAG - love this melodically low key track and the message behind the song;
NOBODY'S PERFECT - another melodic winner;
ABRACADABRA - love this 80's r&b-ish track;
BIG WHITE ROOM - although some of her runs are a bit indulgent, she really shows off her vocal range on this stripped down live track;
CASUALTY OF LOVE - nice melodic beat that's not quite a ballad;
RAINBOW - catchy track on which she raps a little

Note that these are the first 6 tracks of the albums so I was really hyped about it but it went downhill from there for me and of the remaining tracks, I only really like: I NEED THIS.

I really hate: DO IT LIKE A DUDE - the profanity, production & lyrics are just...
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Overall, I like the album.
It's a fun departure from the more serious 20th-century classical & opera that I listen to, most of the time.
Her tuning is acceptable most of the time, so it's not really painful to listen to.
What really sells me on Jessie J is the passion and raw emotion that is apparent in every track.
She has something to say, and I appreciate that. Obviously, she could benefit from a bit more work vocally, but I really don't think that's she's shooting for perfect vocal technique...I think the raw, "imperfect" sound that she emits works well for her. That said, she's pretty far ahead of 95% of singers in pop, objectively speaking.
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