Jessie J is a superstar these days, but where did she come from?! From the early teenage years to Brit Awards and all the fashion – take a look at Jessie J’s life in pictures. Enjoy!
Jessie J is a superstar these days, but where did she come from?! Born Jessica Cornish, she was always set for stardom. From winning singing competitions as a teenager, performing in the West End in Whistle Down The Wind, and attending the BRIT School with Adele, Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis, she was on the path to fame from an early age. She wrote songs for the likes of Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, before scoring her own record deal. Jessie spent years writing for her first album, Who You Are, before its release in 2011. She released six top 10 singles from it, and became the first UK female to do so! She performed on Saturday Night Live and released Domino in the USA. After breaking her foot while rehearsing for the Summertime Ball, she performed on a throne at Glastonbury, and had to cancel some shows while she recovered. She joined the judge panel on the UK version of The Voice with Tom Jones, will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue, and performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. At the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony she performed with Queen, Tinie Tempah and Tinchy Stryder. Nice To Meet You is the name of her second studio album, her autobiography, AND her 2013 tour. We can’t wait to see what she does next! Click through to see her life in pictures!
Jessica Cornish aka Jessie J was born on March 27, 1988 in Chadwell Heath, London.
Her parents names are Stephen and Rose, and she has two older sisters.
In 2003, she won the best young pop singer award at the Britain’s Brilliant Prodigies award ceremony.
Her pop career wasn’t her first time on stage – when she was 11 she was cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of Whistle Down The Wind.
Jessie attended Mayfield High School, Colin’s Performing Arts School and the BRIT School.
At the BRIT School, she had lunchtime jam sessions with her pal Adele, who graduated the same year as she did, along with Leona Lewis.
At the age of 17 she wrote her first song, called Big White Room, and also joined a group called ‘Soul Deep’.
Her first recording contract, with Gut Records, came to nothing as the company went bankrupt before she released any material.
After that disappointment, Jessie then turned her attention to songwriting!
Jessie signed a publishing contract with Sony ATV, and started writing songs for top artists.
Did you know she wrote Party In The USA for Miley Cyrus?
At the age of 18, Jessie suffered a minor stroke as a result of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which she was diagnosed with at the age of 11.
She opened for Girls Aloud during their Tangled Up Tour back in 2008!
In 2011 she won the Critics Choice BRIT Award, and looked super-proud!
In June 2011, Jessie ruptured several tendons in her foot while rehearsing for the Capital Radio Summertime Ball and was forced to pull out of events and performances.
At the time, she tweeted: “I am in tears. I never thought it would come to this. Next year I will be at all the festivals but for now I have to follow doctors orders and just look after me. I have to remain positive and I promise I will make it up later in the year.”
She was signed to Sony for four years before her first YouTube video was posted, though people thought she rose to fame via the site.
In 2006, Jessie began recording her debut studio album, and she didn’t finish it until January 2011.
The album’s title track, Who You Are, is one of the songs Jessie is most proud of, as it’s a “positive role model for young people.”
‘Do It Like A Dude’ was her debut single in late 2010, originally co-written by Jessie with Rihanna in mind.
Jessie calls her fans Heartbeats, after her Heartbeat tour.
In January 2011 she released her second single ‘Price Tag’ in the UK, and topped the charts. The song reached number 23 in the USA.
Jessie announced she’d be a coach on the UK version of The Voice in October 2011, joining Tom Jones, Danny O’Donoghue and will.i.am on the panel.
She kicked off filming on The Voice with host Holly Willoughby in January 2012!
In January 2012, she kicked off work on her second studio album, Nice To Meet You, and she’s been tweeting lots of studio pics.
In May 2012, she released ‘Laserlight’ the sixth song off ‘Who You Are’ featuring David Guetta – it peaked at number 5 in the UK charts.
That meant she was the first UK female solo artist to achieve SIX top 10 singles from one album.
In 2012 she presented the Critics Choice BRIT Award to Emeli Sande.
Jessie announced her first UK arena tour – the Nice To Meet You tour – will kick off in March 2013.
She performed a duet of ‘I Gotta Feeling; with will.i.am at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Her autobiography, Nice To Meet You, will be released in September 2012.
Jessie’s known for her brave style choices, and we love her commitment to prints!
In 2013 she’s going to shave her hair off for Comic Relief, after saying in 2011 she wanted to do it for charity.
Nice To Meet You (the album) already has several collaborators included, like Cee-Lo Green.
Jessie was one of the acts honoured with a lengthy appearance during the Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Jessie also took to the stage at the Olympics Closing Ceremony with Brian May from Queen!
At the Olympics Closing Ceremony she sang a set of other tracks including Price Tag, Written In The Stars, Dynamite, and You Should Be Dancing with Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz.
As of this year, she’s sold over 11 million singles and over 2.5million albums internationally.
She showed up at the GQ Awards in 2012 looking sophisticated, with a toned down look. Gorgeous. We can’t wait to see what she does next!