Back in 2010 Jessie caused waves through out the scene when she lent her vocals to masked producer SBTRKT for his fantastically catchy and squelchy track Nervous. She has also worked with Bristol dubstep producer Joker on the ominous and thunderous lead single The Vision from his debut album The Vision (4AD). And melted hearts with Sampha on Valentine, stealing the show at the Young Turks Valentine’s Day Special at the Boiler Room with their live rendition of the tune.
After finishing her English literature degree at Sussex University, Brighton, Jessie worked with rowdy party-starters Man Like Me and performed as a backing singer for old school friend Jack Peñate. It was on Jack’s US tour that she discovered the music of SBTRKT. Peñate’s bassist, a guy called Tic, worked for XL Recording and was looking after the masked producer. He played Jack, Jessie and the rest of the band SBTRKT’s tunes on the long drives between shows. Ware was so into his music, she got in contact with him and they ended up creating Nervous and more recently Right Thing To Do. Success breeds success and working with Tic and SBTRKT opened doors for Ware - she met Sampha after hearing his vocals when he also collaborated with SBTRKT. Not long after that they went to Tic’s living room and wrote the R&B tinged Valentine, which is partly inspired by James Blake’s song Wilhelm Scream and based on the pair’s personal experiences in love, which was released on a special edition, heart-shaped vinyl by Young Turks in 2011.
From heart-shaped vinyl to her internationally selling debut that went to number five in the UK album charts when it was released in August 2012. Red Bull Studios London hosted a free live stream of Jessie performing the album in its entirity to a community of fans. As well as smashing it on tour Jessie's vocals have been in hot demand with electronic pioneers like Todd Edwards, Zed Bias, George Fitzgerald, Wild Beasts, Joe Goddard, T Williams, Zed Bias, Disclosure and more remixing tracks.
As well as recording her fabulous sophomore Tough Love album at the Red Bull Studios London, November 2014 saw the release of the Jessie Ware Remixed project. This is where she visited five Red Bull Studios around the world, wmeeting a different one of her favourite underground producers at each one of them to create five different remixes of her track Keep On Lying. Featuring Preditah, TOKiMONSTA, Harry Fraud, Nina Kraviz and Pional, you can check out the tracks and the behind the scenes footage from each city right here.
Jessie continues to be a regular at the studios using the rehearsal rooms with her live band and from time to time laying down new material in the live room.