On August 31st 2011 by: Andrew - Uncategorized - 983 Reactions
SOME GIRLS HAVE ALL THE LUCK. Or, maybe, they make it for themselves.
Number One in her native Europe she may be, but good fortune has never come easily for Jessie J. Though her hit singles “Do It Like a Dude” and “Price Tag (feat. B.o.B.)” suggest that the British pop starlet’s rise to world fame has been nothing short of meteoric, what’s remarkable about the 23-year-old is how unbelievably cool and down-to-earth she remains, all the travel and exposure considered. It seems a little struggle early on can do a soul good.
Born Jessica Ellen Cornish to a family of academic over-achievers and with an irregular heartbeat, J grew up accustomed to being the odd-lady-out. More of a girl who wanted to make art and sing, she sat under the tall shadows of her two older sisters who were the heads of their classes. “My sisters are amazing. They are married with kids now, so their lives are quite different from mine. As they’re older than me, they set the example,” says J during our conversation, shortly before going on live TV in Germany. “I was the little one, and certainly not the academic one. I’m just simply not good at math and science, though they definitely were! I eventually learned it wasn’t a bad thing to be who I was. Acting and drawing was what I was good at, and so here I am today.” So, while her sisters followed a straighter path, J took the scenic route, going to arts school and working gigs in a nail salon and a toy store. In some ways, her life might’ve always been cast for zigzagging.