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‘I always used to think that you’re nobody until somebody loves you,’ says Jess Glynne, singer, star, voice of the street. In her first few years in the music industry, Jess has carved out a unique slot all of her own. Where others were contemplating the aftermath of heartache, she was always about standing on your own two feet. At the start of 2018, she took a listen back to her just completed second album, "Always in Between". Like her blockbuster debut, "I Cry When I Laugh", Jess brokers the hinterlands between pop, soul, R&B and house music on it. ‘Now I know that you have to be that person for yourself.’ She smiles as she says it. ‘It’s been a right old journey getting here, I can tell you.’

When she looks at the statistics that have marked her sky-rocketing career so far, there is a look of mild disbelief on the face of Jess Glynne, as if this might have happened to someone else. "I Cry When I Laugh" is one of the defining British pop records of its era. At the time of writing it has been a chart staple for 138 weeks. It debuted at number one, spawning 12million worldwide singles sales, 39 weeks on the UK top 10, 2.5billion Spotify streams, a sold out UK arena tour, Brit, MTV: EMA, Ivor Novello, MOBO, Q and Glamour award nominations. 

These are the facts. Underneath is Jess’s peerless ability to commune with an audience through song; to tell the truths young women want to hear about their concerns, the loves that build them up and let them down; the aspirations and dreams that might turn sour but you’ll smile through them anyway. From the beautiful, pared back, gospel inflected uplift of debut cut I’ll Be There, it is clear that Jess is ready to build on the momentous footwork put in on her first foray into fame.
Sessions for "Always In Between" began in spring 2017, when a rigorous schedule of writing camps with the kind of cream-of-the-crop talent that is automatically attracted to blockbuster, bestselling artists formed an orderly queue at her record label’s behest in Los Angeles. ‘I just don’t like working that way though,’ says Jess. ‘Some of the sessions looked amazing on paper, with incredible writers and producers, but it was tiring, draining, all new people that I hadn’t worked with. I’m very funny about getting in the studio with people I don’t know just because they’ve had a hit. I want to work with people who I love.’

Jess Glynne has found peace through music, once more. ‘I’m in a great place now,’ she says. ‘I felt like I was in between a normal life and a famous life, this or that relationship, and it’s felt at times like I was lost.’ With age, comes understanding. Over the last couple of years Jess has learned one of life’s vital lessons and put it all back into her second record. ‘It wasn’t that I was lost, at all. It was about learning to love myself.’.

Finding an artist that can consistently put out chart-topping music year-on-year is a rarity, Jess Glynne is a rarity – and one to be admired.
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