Who was Jessica Cornish aka Jessie J before she became famous?
I love her music and the person she is now, but every time I find a new (to me) artist, I always want to find about their life before they were ever famous. I've searched around the internet, but haven't come up with a whole lot. Maybe you could help me? Thanks!
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Jessie J aka Jessica Cornish was born in Seven Kings, Essex and grew up in Romford
She has always been into musical theatre and starred in Andrew Lloyd-Webber's west end production of 'Whistle Down the Wind' as Brat when she was 11.
Jessie attended the BRIT school, which is a performing arts school in London, where she studied musical theatre. Other artists to graduate from the BRIT school include Amy Winehouse, Adele, Katy B and Ellie Goulding.
Jessie was in a girl group when she was 16/17 called 'Soul Deep'. They performed a song called 'Why?' which was part of the Don't Trigger campaign for Mum's Against Guns, a charity formed in response to the high level of youth gun and knife crime in England at the time. You can watch the video for 'Why?' here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS-C6Wtb9Nk
Jessie was signed to GUT records when she was 17/18 as a solo artist, during her time with this label she did support tours for Chris Brown, Cyndi Lauper, Girl's Aloud and many others. She had an album ready to go and a single ready to be released called 'Sexy Silk'. However the label went bust. The song sexy silk does not feature on Jessie's now debut album but it is on the soundtrack for the film 'Easy A' and is available to download from itunes. you can listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoLUiXEcm8Y
Although Jessie's record label went bust she was also signed to Sony ATV as a writer so she flew to the US on a writing trip. While Jessie J was in the US did a showcase at the Viper Room and got signed to Universal Republic, and when she flew home to the UK she signed with Universal Island Records.
The first song Jessie J ever wrote is called 'Big White Room' and it is about the time that she spent in hospital when she was about 11, due to her having an irregular heartbeat. While she was in hospital one of the boys in her ward died and this had a big impact on Jessie, at 17 she wrote a song about it. Jessie J also had a minor stroke at 18, which caused her to loose the feeling in the right side of her body. She was told she may never get the feeling back but it only lasted two weeks.
You can listen to Big White Room here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKfzXq1gcG4
Jessie J co-wrote 'Party in the USA', which was originally supposed to be for her but her label didn't think it was edgy enough so it was pitched to Miley Cyrus. She also wrote 'I Need This' which features on Chris Brown's 'Graffiti' album and now also features on Jessie J's debut album.
Now 6 years on from when she first got signed, Jessie J has two top ten singles with 'Do it like a dude' going to #2 and 'Price Tag' going to #1 in the UK. Her debut album has just been released in the UK and entered the album chart at #2. It will soon be released in the US on April 12th!Source(s): All of the Jessie J interviews i have watched and read! too many to post but if you visit http://www.jessiejonline.com/ they have a lot of her stuff. It isn't her official site but it is a really good fansite and generally has more stuff than her official one!!