South Londoner Jessie Ware is one of the most exciting vocalists to emerge from the UK underground. The last couple of years have seen the glamorous vocalist collaborating with some of the most respected producers on the electronic spectrum. Jessie caused waves through out the scene in 2010 when she lent her vocals to masked producer SBTRKT for his fantastically catchy and squelchy track Nervous. The following year she worked with Bristol dubstep producer Joker on the ominous and thunderous lead single The Vision from his debut album The Vision (4AD). And melted hearts with Sampha on Valentine, stealing the show at the Young Turks Valentine’s Day Special at the Boiler Room with their live rendition of the tune. The Devotion Songfacts reports that Jessie’s ability to ride SBTRKT’s and other dubstep musician’s skittering beats earned her a solo deal. Her debut album, Devotion, was released by PMR Records on August 20, 2012.
After finishing her English literature degree at Sussex University, Brighton, Jessie worked with rowdy party-starters Man Like Me and performed as a backing singer for old school friend Jack Peñate. It was on Jack’s US tour that she discovered the music of SBTRKT. Peñate’s bassist, a guy called Tic, worked for XL Recording and was looking after the masked producer. He played Jack, Jessie and the rest of the band SBTRKT’s tunes on the long drives between shows. Ware was so into his music, she got in contact with him and they ended up creating Nervous and more recently Right Thing To Do.