Jess Glynne

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Jess Glynne
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Glynne performing at
South by Southwest in 2015
Background information
Birth name Jessica Hannah Glynne[1]
Born (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 28)
London, England[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts

Jessica Hannah Glynne (born 20 October 1989) is an English singer-songwriter. She rose to prominence as a featured artist on Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" and Route 94's "My Love", both of which reached number one in the UK in 2014. Her debut studio album, I Cry When I Laugh was released in 2015 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart[3] and also featured the number one singles "Hold My Hand" and "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself".

In 2018, she became the first British female solo artist to have seven number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart, after her single "I'll Be There" went number-one.

Early life[edit]

Jess Glynne was born in Hampstead and raised in Muswell Hill, North London, in a Jewish family.[4] Her father, Laurence Glynne, is an estate agent; and her mother, Alexandra (née Ingram), worked in A&R in the music industry. [5][6][7] The family name was originally Goldstein, but her grandfather changed it to Glynne.[6] She applied for the television show The X Factor when she was 15 years old, but dropped out of the audition process following a disagreement with the producers.[8][9] She attended Rhodes Avenue Primary School, then attended Fortismere School, where she completed her A-levels in 2008, and took various jobs at a boutique, a fitness centre and a hairdresser's.[6] After a period spent travelling the world, Glynne worked for a music management company in her late teens and began networking with songwriters and producers, eventually honing her artistry for four years.[6][8]


2010–2013: Career beginnings[edit]

Glynne completed a year-long music course at an East London college, Access to Music London, where she met her future collaborators: songwriter Jin Jin and producer Bless Beats.[4][9] One of Glynne and Jin Jin's compositions caught the attention of Black Butter Records, who signed Glynne to a publishing deal and introduced her to music managers and lawyers.[10] Black Butter co-president Joe Gossa said of Glynne, "her voice just flipped me out, there was a fierceness to it. She can talk about everyday things in this way that's just epic".[11] She signed a contract with Atlantic Records in August 2013, consequently leaving her job at the time in brand management for a drinks company.[6]

2013–2016: I Cry When I Laugh and breakthrough[edit]

During 2013, deep house producer Route 94 approached Glynne about rewriting and providing vocals for a song of his, called "My Love", which at the time contained a sample that he was prohibited from using.[12] "My Love", featuring Glynne, was released on DJ Annie Mac's compilation album Annie Mac Presents in October 2013. British band Clean Bandit heard "My Love" and approached Glynne to feature on their song "Rather Be".[12] Jack Patterson of Clean Bandit spoke of "a real subtlety of emotion in her voice [...] You can hear the fragility of her personality, but at the same time there's a raw power".[11]

Released as a single in January 2014, "Rather Be" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third fastest-selling single and the most streamed song of 2014.[13] The track attained number-one and top-five positions on charts across Europe and Oceania, and was a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100. In April 2014, British DJ Route 94's "My Love" was released as a single; it also debuted at number one in the UK.[14] Both "Rather Be" and "My Love" received nominations at the BRIT Awards for Best British Single.[15] For her work on "Rather Be", Glynne won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was nominated for Song of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards.[16][17]

Glynne performing at Shepherds Bush Empire in 2014.

In February 2014, Glynne uploaded a music video onto the internet for her song "Home" (produced by Bless Beats).[18][19] Her debut solo single, the Gorgon City-produced "Right Here", was released in July 2014 and charted in several countries, including at number six in the UK. Glynne appeared at several British music festivals during mid 2014, including Bestival, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Summer Series at Somerset House, V Festival, and Wireless.[5][8][20] She toured around the UK from October 2014, beginning in Sheffield and finishing at the Electric Brixton in London.[21] Also during 2014, Glynne collaborated on songwriting projects with Iggy Azalea, Little Mix, MO, Rita Ora, Rudimental, and Tinie Tempah.[9][22][23] A second collaboration with Clean Bandit, "Real Love", was released in November 2014 and reached number two in the UK; unlike with "Rather Be", Glynne received equal lead billing on this track.[24]

Glynne's single "Hold My Hand", her second as the sole credited lead artist, debuted at number one in the UK in late March 2015, where it spent three weeks.[25][26] Glynne is featured on "Not Letting Go", a 2015 single by English rapper Tinie Tempah that reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, bringing Glynne's total of UK number-one singles to four.[27] She underwent surgery on her vocal cords in mid 2015 and consequently cancelled several live performances, including the Glastonbury Festival.[28][29] Glynne's debut album, titled I Cry When I Laugh, was released in the UK in August 2015, following the single "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself".[27][30] It features contributions from Knox Brown, Naughty Boy, Starsmith, Talay Riley, and Switch, as well as her regular collaborators Bless Beats and Jin Jin.[31][32] Glynne became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart when "Don't Be So Hard on Yourself" reached number one.[33] I Cry When I Laugh entered the UK Albums Chart at number one.[3]

In September 2015, it was announced that Glynne would appear on the twelfth series of The X Factor as a guest judge at Cheryl's Judges' Houses segment.[34] The same month, she presented the Vice magazine-produced documentary film The Brit Invasion, which documented the rise of EDM and British dance music in the United States.[35] Glynne's track "Take Me Home" was released as the official Children in Need 2015 charity single in November[36] and peaked at number 6 in the UK becoming Glynne's eighth overall top 10 hit in the country. In June 2016, it was revealed Glynne had turned down the chance to be a judge on The Voice UK, insisting she's "just not interested" in a role on the show. Also in June 2016, Glynne announced she would embark on a UK arena tour in November, titled Take Me Home Tour, after the tour finished Glynne took a break from releasing any new material.[37] On 2 August 2017 the singer's album has spent more than 100 weeks on the UK's top 100 album chart (being physical, digital and vinyl version) since it was released in 2015, sitting at number 74.

2016–present: Always In Between[edit]

After it was reported in October 2016 that Glynne was working with some "big" producers for her second album, in July 2017 The Sun newspaper reported that Ed Sheeran was helping her on her comeback and had penned two new songs for her called "Thursday" and "Woman Like Me".

In January 2018 Glynne made her comeback featuring on Rudimental's new single "These Days" alongside American rapper Macklemore and Dan Caplen, which charted successfully on the UK Singles Chart. The following month, it was announced that Glynne would be performing at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swansea on the May bank holiday weekend. On 30 March, after spending seven consecutive weeks at number 2 behind "God's Plan by Drake, "These Days" finally made it to number 1. This made Glynne the first British woman in UK chart history to have six number-one singles.[38]

In April 2018 Glynne deleted her Instagram posts, leading many to speculate she planned on releasing an upcoming project. It was announced that Glynne would be performing and releasing her new single written by herself and Aidan Chapman, titled "I'll Be There", on The Graham Norton Show on 4 May. The song reached number 1 on 15 June, becoming Glynne’s seventh.

On 28 June, Glynne released the title Always In Between, artwork and track list for the album. Her management confirmed a month earlier the album was slated for release in September 2018, which was delayed a month to 12 October.[39][40] An eleven-date arena tour, the Always In Between Tour, was announced on her social media platforms and official website.[41] On 17 August, 2018 her single "All I Am" from the upcoming album Always In Between was released.[42][43]


Glynne's musical influences include Frank Ocean and Amy Winehouse.[44] She cites Adele, Sam Cooke, Destiny's Child, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Etta James as inspirations for her vocal style and rappers such as Eminem, Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar for her songwriting.[9] She has also listed India Arie, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Mavis Staples as musical inspirations.[45][46][47] Glynne said that Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was the album that motivated her to start writing songs.[12]



Year Title Role
2015 Strictly Come Dancing Performer
2015 The X Factor Guest judge
2015 BBC Children In Need Charity Single Performance
2018 Later With Jools Holland Guest performer


  • Ain't Got Far to Go Tour (2015)
  • Take Me Home Tour (2016–2017)
  • Always in Between Tour (2018)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Ref.
2014 MOBO Awards Best Newcomer Herself Nominated
BBC Music Awards Song of the Year "Rather Be" Nominated
2015 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording Won
Ivor Novello Awards Most Performed Work
Best Contemporary Song
Brit Awards British Single of the Year Nominated
International Dance Music Awards Best Featured Vocalist [48]
Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Song
MOBO Awards Best Song "Not Letting Go"
Best Female Act Herself
MTV Japan Video Music Awards Best New Artist International
MTV Europe Music Awards Best New Act
Best Push Act
Best UK & Ireland Act
BBC Music Awards Song of the Year "Hold My Hand"
2016 Ivor Novello Awards PRS For Music Most Performed Work
Brit Awards British Single of the Year
Breakthrough Act Herself
British Female Solo Artist
Silver Clef Award Best Newcomer Award Won
The A&R Awards Breakthrough Artist Award
ASCAP Vanguard Award Vanguard Award
EDM Song Award "Hold My Hand"
MTV Europe Music Awards Best World Stage Performance Herself Nominated
BBC Music Awards Artist of the Year Nominated
2018 NatWest British LGBT Awards Music Artist of the Year Herself Won
BreakTudo Awards Hit of the Year I'll Be There Pending [49]
Attitude Awards Music Award Won [50]


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