Pop singer and songwriter Jessie J tops BBC’s Sound of 2011

Essex-born Jessie J has topped the BBC’s talent list Sound of 2011, which showcases the best rising stars in music for the coming year.

Born Jessica Cornish, Jessie J’s sound is a mix of attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads. Her debut single Do It Like A Dude burst onto the scene in November, making it into the UK Top 30. She had previously found success as a songwriter, co-writing the Miley Cyrus hit Party In The USA.

Jessie J says she is “overwhelmed” to be at the top of the Sound of 2011 list: “It feels amazing to be accepted on such a broad scale.

“I know I’m doing something right and I’ve got to keep doing it. It’s an honour.”

The artist, who has also won the Critics Choice award at the BRIT Awards 2011 in December, also says: “The expectation of me at the moment is so high, but I thrive on knowing people have that expectation… It’s a challenge.”

Austin Daboh, Music Manager at BBC Radio 1Xtra – the first station to play Jessie’s music, says: “From the minute I saw a homemade video of Jessie singing her head off, I knew she was a talent.

“I think she combines a unique charisma with great songwriting and to top it off she has an incredible voice. After hearing an album sampler and seeing her live, I then saw the reaction to her debut single Do It Like A Dude – it’s the same reaction I saw when Tinie Tempah unleashed Pass Out.”

Lana Webb, Head of Music at Remedy Productions, says: “Jessie J has already proven her songwriting credentials. With her powerful voice, commanding stage presence and razor-sharp style, Jessie J will cut across the musical landscape, seizing the spotlight for herself in 2011.”

Jessie J began her career on stage with a role in a West End production. After studying musical theatre at the BRIT School, she secured her first record deal with Gut Records and grabbed the attention of R&B circles in the United States.

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