Monday, March 7, 2011

MUSIC - Jessie J. will be SNL's Musical Guest March 12, 2011

Are you familiar with Jessie J?  The 22 year old British singer/song writer has been singing since age 11 and began writing music just five years ago.  Jessie J got her first record deal in 2008 with UK's independent record label GUT Records but unfortunately the company went bankrupt before she could release her music.  She took this time to hone in on her writing skills and pen songs for a number of singers including Chris Brown, Lisa Lois, and Miley Cyrus.  Jessie J was then signed to Universal Records and began working on her debut album, Who You Are, which she completed on January 19, 2011.

In late 2010, she released first single, Do It Like a Dude, which debuted at 25 on the UK charts.  The song, which was originally written for Rihanna, has climbed up to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.  At the end of January 2011, Jessie J released her second single, Price Tag feat. B.O.B., which debuted at number 1 in the UK.  Her album was released a month early due to high demand and charted number 2 on the UK charts.  Recently Jessie J was up for a 2011 Brit Award and won Critic's Choice.  Her album will be released here in the US on April 12, 2011.

Do It Like a Dude was the first song I heard from Jessie J and I didn't really think much of it.  What I did love was her spiked lips in the video ;D..
a creation of makeup artist Andrew Gallimore.

I do like her second single Price Tag, however, the song that really caught my attention was a live version of Who You Are.  Jessie J headed down to the Time Square NY Subway armed with a single boombox and sang to the people getting on and off the train.  She has an amazing voice, no auto-tune needed there! Check it out for yourself:

I really look forward to her SNL appearance and I can't wait for what else she has in store for us.