Jin Jin (musician)

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Janee "Jin Jin" Bennett
Birth nameJanée Bennett
Also known asJin Jin and the Ragdolls
OriginManchester, United Kingdom
GenresPop, electro, grime, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2003–present
LabelsMoshi Moshi, Live On, Raggamuffin
Websitejinjinofficial.com

Janée Bennett, known professionally as Jin Jin (previously Jin Jin and the Ragdolls), is an English singer and songwriter from Manchester and daughter of former footballer Gary Bennett.

Career[edit]

As a child Bennett became interested in music whilst hanging out in her Granddad’s reggae music record shop and enrolled at City College Manchester to do a National Diploma in Music Technology and a Higher National Diploma.

Bennett signed to the music publisher Windswept Music UK[1] and auditioned for the second series of the BBC televised music competition Fame Academy, but didn't make it through to the final group.[2] Subsequently, Bennett completed an undergraduate degree in Music Industry Management and Marketing at Buckinghamshire University. To see herself through college she modelled for fashion brands including Agent Provocateur and DKNY.[3]

In September 2008, having moved to London, Bennett co-wrote the Roll Deep single "Do Me Wrong", from their album Return of the Big Money Sound. In October 2009, Bennett released her debut single, "Sex in the City" (with producer Bless Beats), via Moshi Moshi Records; NME magazine described the track as "rude, fresh and kinda brilliant".[4] A version of the single features rapper Tinchy Stryder.[5] Bennett was profiled in The Guardian's "New band of the week" feature the same month, with Paul Lester describing her as "a rougher, cruder version of glossy American R&B" and "a new urban female who is... like a Moss Side Pink if she'd worked with Tinchy instead of Linda Perry".[3]

By 2012, Bennett had changed her professional name to Jin Jin and the Ragdolls and was working on an album titled Rhythm Homicide with Bless Beats and co-producer Jagz Kooner. She released the single "Cashpoint Drama" (featuring Mikill Pane) in July 2012,[6][7][8][9] followed by "Love in Sin City" in September 2012[10] and "Whistle at Me" (featuring Wiley) in November 2012.[11][12][13][14] In October 2013, Bennett issued the Bless Beats-produced single "Fire Me Up" under her shortened stage name Jin Jin.[15][16][17] She collaborated with the band Polar Bear on the song "Cuckoo", released as a single in October 2014.[18]

As well as the artist career Bennett is a successful songwriter for others, signed through the UK office to Universal Music Publishing Group worldwide.[19] Bennett discovered the seven times #1 singer Jess Glynne whilst teaching a masterclass at Jess's music college, and with producer Bless Beats went on to collaborate with Glynne on tracks for her debut album. This included Jess Glynne's first official single "Right Here", which was a UK top ten hit in 2014.[19] Bennett co-wrote Glynne's second collaboration with Clean Bandit, "Real Love", as well as "Not Letting Go" featuring Tinie Tempah which topped the UK charts. She also co-wrote Jess Glynne's "Hold My Hand" which was a UK #1 as well as being Jess's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also used in an advertisement for Coca-Cola in 2015 and was featured on the original movie soundtrack for the 2016 film, Bridget Jones's Baby.

Bennett is now a platinum selling writer and has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award (2016) and has won a BMI Award (2016) - both for her work on "Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne. In 2018 her co-write with Raye & Jax Jones "You Don't Know Me" was nominated for a BRIT Award.[20] Other major credits including the hit single "Drunk and Incapable" for Krishane featuring Melissa Steele in 2014, and tracks for artists including Little Mix, Olly Murs, Raye and Jonas Blue.[19]

In 2015 Bennett set up her own publishing company, Raggamuffin Music, in conjunction with her business partner Bless Beats and Bucks Music Group. She now has her own management company called Jinsing Music and recently won the Music Creative Award at the UK's Women In Music event. The award was presented to her by long time friend and collaborator Jess Glynne.[21]

Artist discography[edit]

  • "Do Me Wrong" (2008) Roll Deep feat. Janée
  • "Touch My" (2009) Mos Wanted Mega feat. Janée
  • "Sex in the City" (2009) (with Bless Beats)
  • "Cashpoint Drama" (2012) (feat. Mikill Pane)
  • "Love in Sin City" (2012)
  • "Whistle at Me" (2012) (feat. Wiley)
  • "Fire Me Up" (2013)
  • "Cuckoo" (2014) Polar Bear with Jin Jin
  • "Break Loose" (2015) Televisor feat. Jin Jin & Splitbreed

Writer discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Album tracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Windswept breezes on". Music Week. 25 August 2003. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ News, Manchester Evening (10 August 2004). "Second chance for Janee". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Lester, Paul (26 October 2009). "Janée Bennett (No 656)". Retrieved 9 November 2016 – via The Guardian.
  4. ^ "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (02/10/09) - NME". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ www.t75.org. "IndieLondon: Music - Singles of the Week - Monday, October 26, 2009 - Your London Reviews". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Latest Music News, Charts, Playlists and Videos". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Jin Jin & The Ragdolls feat. Mikill Pane 'Cashpoint Drama' - Music :: Dropout UK". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  11. ^ "REVIEW: JIN JIN AND THE RAGDOLLS FT WILEY". 8 October 2012. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Wiley on new Jin Jin & The Ragdolls track". 3 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Premiere: hear grime visionary Darq E Freaker's unhinged remix of Jin Jin & The Ragdolls". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Jin Jin returns with visuals for her new uptempo - MOBO Awards". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  16. ^ "JIN JIN RELEASES 'FIRE ME UP'". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Planet Notion » Introducing: Jin Jin". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  18. ^ "Watch: Polar Bear with Jin Jin - "Cuckoo" [Premiere]". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  19. ^ a b c http://www.umusicpub.co.uk/en-GB/Artists/J/Jin-Jin.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.brits.co.uk/nominees#
  21. ^ http://www.musicweek.com/publishing/read/jin-genius-hitmaker-extraordinaire-jin-jin-s-women-in-music-winner-s-speech/074521
  22. ^ https://hamadamania.com/2018/01/20/rita-ora-liberates-new-promotional-single-proud/

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