Release Date: Sep 11, 2015
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance
It feels like Jess Glynne has been around for years. In reality, the 25-year-old was a complete unknown until her name popped up on Clean Bandit’s infectious Number 1 single Rather Be at the beginning of last year. She quickly followed that up by hitting the top spot again with her contribution to Route 94’s My Love – the song that actually brought her to the attention of Clean Bandit in the first place.
Jess Glynne has one of those classic, soulful voices that can be accurately described as “powerhouse,” the kind that attracted producer Route 94 to help her write and sing for his hit house single “My Love,” and made Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” an international hit last year. You’ve probably heard Glynne’s voice before you even knew who the English singer was, though you might not know who she is even after hearing her debut record, I Cry When I Laugh. Released last week in the U.S.
In the 21st century there is no better pop apprenticeship than the feature vocal. Following in the footsteps of Emeli Sandé, Jessie Ware and Sam Smith comes Jess Glynne. Already a No 1 star thanks to collaborations with Clean Bandit, Route 94 and Tinie Tempah, Glynne is now being launched in her own right, with this lengthy collection (featuring 20 tracks on the deluxe version) intended to showcase her talents.
In 2014 “Rather Be,” an effervescent track by the British outfit Clean Bandit, was one of pop radio’s purest pleasures: Precisely positioned disco strings and honey-covered keyboards helped it stand apart from its more cluttered chart-topping brethren. Its not-so-secret weapon was Jess Glynne, whose husky alto turned its simply put chorus — “when I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be” — into a miniature essay detailing past slights and future hopes. Glynne’s first solo album (which has already hit No.