Mary J. Blige talked to Capital FM about working with Jessie saying “She’s such a nice person.”
“Ah man, she’s such a nice person,” Mary revealed exclusively to Capital this week. “I met her a long time ago when she was really sweet to me and she’s just extremely talented. I’m really fortunate to have her on this album,” she explained. “The song we did was ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’, and it’s a duet that’s beautiful’. It definitely is one of my favourites,” Mary added. “She can do well anywhere she wants, she’s extremely talented and she has a great personality that will take her further than she is now.”
Make sure to tune into ITV tonight at 8PM to catch Jessie and Mary J. performing ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ on the X Factor
Jessie spoke to journalist before hitting the stage at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena last night (October 15) Jessie J spoke about friends and maybe one day acting, she went on to explain:
“I’m very family-oriented and I don’t have many friends – I mean that in a positive way, I have the friends I need and that’s it.” Jessie went on to explaining how hard it is to trust people when you become famous ”You have to prepare for the fact your life changes but I’m the same person.”
Jessie J also revealed that she “definitely” wants to move into acting and has been offered “many film roles” already.
“Acting was my first thing. I think acting is a huge part of being an artist,” she said. “In videos you’ve got to make people believe it. If you want to cry on the spot you have to be able to do it. You have to act sometimes. I’ve been offered many film roles and even gone and met the directors and then stuff hasn’t worked through because of timing and schedules. It is definitely something I want to do.”
Jessie J talks to Great in British Music about what music she loves and why she thinks the British music scene is different to other country’s!
Jessie J, 25, will be bringing her Nice To Meet You Tour to the Capital FM Arena for two dates later this month. Her second album, Alive, went straight into the chart at No. 3 this week.
“I was nervous about the reaction to the album because the first album is about ‘Why are you here?’ but the second is, ‘Why should you stay here?
‘People have expectations of you. But I’ve actually enjoyed the experience much more than I thought I would.
And it’s nice to get to know your voice again. It’s like being a chef and always cooking the same meals then branching out into baking. It’s nice to feel you’re exploring another piece of yourself. And I’m excited about pushing myself on stage. This second album is much harder to sing than the first one but I like a challenge.
The reaction to Wild, the first single from the album, was amazing. Bearing in mind it wasn’t a normal single, it just came out when the video came out… there was no pre-promo, no six-week build-up and it went top five. I just wanted my fans to have something before everyone else got it. I didn’t want the music stations and all that to get it before the fans did. I wanted to see the power of music without all the social media and press. It was a new way of doing it. And it went to number one in four countries, so the reaction was great. I couldn’t be happier. My favorite track on the album is Daydreaming. It’s a real 80′s throwback; Prince meets Whitney.
I’m really proud of the whole album but this one I wrote on my own. It’s about someone I liked and I wanted them to notice me. I said to someone who listened to the album for the first time the other day, ‘What words would you use to describe it?’ and they said, ‘Positive, light, honest, anthemic…’ and they’re all words that I really hope describe it. I feel like it really represents me.
Jessie talks about her hair, her career and her new album on Daybreak which aired on Friday morning. Check it out!
A couple of weeks ago, exhausted by her summer festival tour, Jessie J flew her mum and her best friend to LA for two days’ holiday where she hoped work would not intrude. In the airport she started to feel like she could not breathe, so she went to the toilet to take a moment alone. ”I had no makeup on, my hair was flat…” she recalls today; she recorded herself a cappella, singing the first song she wrote, Big White Room, and Instagrammed it to 917,000 people. “I said into the camera: whenever in doubt, just take it back to the beginning. The message I want to give my fans is, always have a way to pull yourself out of the dark place. Don’t sit and cry about it. Have your moment, and then get over it.”
For the past few years pop music has been dominated by a certain message – an abstract battle-cry of independent selfhood, emerging from female singers and aimed at teens, about loving yourself, being true to yourself, taking no shit and not caring what anyone thinks. It is most powerfully encapsulated by Lady Gaga’s maternal shout-outs to her “little monsters” and less convincingly, perhaps, by Rihanna, who always seems like she’s got too much on her own plate to worry about the problems of youth. Jessie J’s material is also aimed at a market 10 or 15 years younger than herself, which was not the plan, she says, “just the way it went”.
Jessie J says her controversial ways may lead to Muslim girls having an opinion on her. The Price Tag singer says that while she has a view on the burka, Muslim girls may in turn judge her skimpy costumes. Flashing the flesh is normal for the star, but Jessie is realistic when it comes to other’s opinions of her and her costumes.
“As an artist I try and be controversial and I have been a bit offensive at times. I have a view on the burka and I’m sure a few of the Muslim girls and their families would have a view of me on stage in next to nothing!”
she laughed to British newspaper The Sun. The 25-year-old credits her multicultural upbringing for her views on the burka debate. With a social worker father and a teacher mother, Jessie managed to stay level headed and is confused when people oppose Muslim women wearing the religious dress.
“It is really unusual for me to witness this debate unfold because burkas were a completely normal part of my upbringing. I was one of six white people out of 200 in my year at school in Dagenham, I’m glad I was faced with different cultures when I was growing up because I wasn’t fazed by it. It has been a huge benefit to me; I feel comfortable wherever I go.”
Jessie has strong opinions on the debate, and reflects that having a group of multicultural friends has helped when understanding tolerance. The former The Voice UK coach asserted that the world just needs to learn to accept everyone.
“I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Hatred or hurt or pain isn’t specific to a religion. I think it’s a matter of acceptance. The one thing the world has to accept is everybody is different. What is normal to us is different and unusual to somebody else.”
If you haven’t already Jessie’s new album Alive is out now make sure to grab your copy now!
Digital Spy caught up with singer-songwriter Jessie J, to talk about her new album Alive, what she thinks of those Miley Cyrus comparisons and what her future plans for the US are.
Congratulations on the success of new single ’It’s My Party’. The reaction initially seemed mixed.
“The reaction has been very mixed. There are a lot of people holding on to the old Jessie J – whatever that means – but I think there’s a lot more people realising what I’m about. I think people like it.”
We had a look at those dreaded YouTube comments and there’s a lot of people comparing you to Miley Cyrus.
“You know what? I have to see it as naive and lazy comparisons. My face has been the same since I was born, but as soon as I had a bob, my music sounded like Katy Perry’s. Now I’ve got short blonde hair, my music all of a sudden sounds like Miley’s and Pink’s. It’s young people a lot of the time, because they’re very obsessed with one person.
“It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. I know what makes me different. The lyrics of mine and Miley’s are similar, but the songs are completely different. You’d never see me kissing a doll in a swimming pool! She pulls it off, but I couldn’t.”
‘Wild’, ‘It’s My Party’ and ’Excuse My Rude’ are all different in sound, so is that variation a good indication of what we can expect on your new album?
“There’s actually a lot more warmth in the songs people haven’t heard. I feel like you’ve seen more of the black and red of the album, but there’s more lilacs and whites and sky blue and purple. There’s a lot more ’90s, R&B, soul, gospel and pop. They all represent different things.
“That’s why I’m excited about my tour, because I’ll explain it in my show. I can’t write 13 songs that all sound the same. That’s pretty boring.
Jessie’s interview with Friday Download on CBBC.