5 Reasons Why You Should Be Musically Respecting Jess Glynne

If there was a single released last summer that hit that coveted music “G” spot in every delightful way possible, it was the glorious Grammy winning dance smash, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring spotless vocals by extraordinarily talented UK diva, Jess Glynne. A track that infuses classical-inspired violins with uplifting house beats, it’s no wonder that “Rather Be” was deemed a smash straight out-of-the-music gate. Besides its glorious groove, the main reason to fall in love with Clean Bandit’s soaring sonnet is absolutely because of the angelic vocal stylings of Ms. Jess. However, Since the song stormed the U.S. charts a year ago, Ms. Glynne has gone on to have tremendous success overseas with singles “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” but over here? Well, not so much…and that’s a damn shame.

With the release of her highly anticipated debut set I Cry When I Laugh just around the corner, Philly Mixtape can’t think of a better time to spread the music word to everybody as to why we should all respect this tremendously talented young diva….and here are 5 reasons why. 

1.That voice….

With a deep, soulful vocal tone that’s a splendid mix of Amy Winehouse-meets-Aretha Franklin-meets-India Arie, Ms. Glynne’s vocal chops contain the rhythmic power to take you to another music place. Whether they’re draped on top of a deep house groove, pop tune or booming ballad, any which way they’re delivered plays out to absolute perfection. Case in point, “Rather Be,” a song that you know you still can’t get out of your head. 

2.She’s breathtakingly beautiful…

With long, flowing ginger curls and a cute-yet-cut-a-bitch look, Ms. Jess not only has beautiful talent, but her beauty is absolutely breathtaking as well. Whether dolled up in any one of her glamorous videos or gracing the cover of any one of her countless magazine covers with a fierce, rugged edge, Ms. Glynne has the stuff that will make the girls jealous and the guys and gays swoon.


3.Her music is lavishly laced with inspiration….

One of the highlights of the music that Ms. Glynne provides besides the fact that its fun, upbeat and catchy is that the lyrics within them are lusciously loaded up with her own words of powerful inspiration. The soaring “Hold My Hand” contains lovely lyrics about being ready to take that plunge with love (“I’m ready for this, there’s no denying/I’m ready for this, you stop me falling/I’m ready for this/I need you all inI’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand.”), while gliding on top of a disco-smooched groove. 

But it’s her follow up single, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” that really pulls you into new music hope. With lyrics, “Don’t be so hard on yourself, no/Learn to forgive, learn to let go/Everyone trips, everyone falls So don’t be so hard on yourself, no,” it’s yet another inspirational winner from this rising songstress. Prepare to be moved. 

4.Her Route 94 collaboration “My Love” will make you feel it in your music spine…

No matter where she goes in her career, it’s this delicious deep house banger right here that will go down as the one thats started all for the delightful UK songbird. With deep 1990s Eurodance inspirations, Route 94 linked up with Ms. Jess to cook up “My Love,” a deep, heady piano-fucked dance tune that simply glows because of the effortless heavenly vocals provided by our girl. In fact, it was excerpts of “My Love” that caught Clean Bandit’s headphones, as the duo soon asked her to be a part of  “Rather Be” pretty much as soon as they heard her booming belts.

If you haven’t heard this glorious number yet, you’re in for a real treat. Plus, its accompanying video is all wrapped up in music ecstasy.

5.That voice….

Philly Mixtape just can’t say it enough–that voice. If you’re looking for a strong, powerful diva whose voice has the power to lift you higher on your sunny days or help you out on those days when you need a little pep-in-your-step, Ms. Glynne has got you covered. Enough said. 



Mixtape Music News/Divas Edition

1.Miley and Billy Ray cover “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

This Friday, August 7th, will mark the closing of the iconic West Hollywood House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. The infamous venue’s final show took place last night with parody metal band Steel Panther and a buffet of surprise guest appearances, one of them which included legendary father/daughter duo Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus.

The dynamic duo took the stage with Steel Panther to perform a cover of Def Leppard‘s “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” singing on the chorus and twerking, err, working the stage during verses, with Billy Ray doing some air guitar and Miley being-you guessed it-Miley. Pour it out below.

2.Get ready….Mel B spills on a possible Spice Girls reunion….

Hard to believe that it’s been nearly two decades since Spice Girls (literally) exploded onto the pop music scene with “Wannabe.” As the oh, so monumental anniversary approaches, we all have one burning question on our minds- will there be a reunion?

While no plans have been made (yet), Melanie Brown, otherwise known as Mel B aka Scary Spice, is ready to spice it up once again. While on an appearance on Jimmy Fallon last week, the raspy-voiced diva told Jimmy that “it’s about time” for the group to get back together, and while appearing on the Today show yesterday, she expressed her desire for the Spice Girls to reunite for the glitter filled occasion.

“When you say it’s our twentieth anniversary coming up, it does make you think, ‘Oh, my gosh, it really has been that long.” she said. “Hopefully, we’ll gather the troops around, and we’ll get to do something to celebrate it next year. It’s in my plan, I don’t know about anybody else’s.”

Let’s hope in it’s all of the girls plans. There’s a feeling that it just might be. 

3.The B-52’s Kate Pierson has made the “Love Shack” a home…

In a bit of diva nostalgia for your hump day, it was announced this morning that legendary B-52s singer and keyboardist Kate Pierson got hitched to her long-time partner Monica Coleman.

The new, blissful couple celebrated their nuptials in Hawaii where all the members of the quirky rock band were among the guests. And surprise! Sia and her husband Erik Anders Lang were witnesses at the wedding, while B-52s frontman and founding member Fred Schneider reportedly delivered the best man speech at the reception. 

Congratulations, ladies! 




4.Taylor Swift announces not single….

Although many of you might not quite be done singing the verses of “Bad Blood” just yet (or any other of the 1989 singles for that matter), the unstoppable T. Swift has just a announced that “Wildest Dreams” will serve as the fifth single from her chart guzzling set.

The tune will follow her four previous singles from 1989 — all of which reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Shake It Off” (No. 1 for four weeks), “Blank Space” (No. 1 for seven weeks), “Style” (No. 6) and “Bad Blood” (No. 1). Her 1989 set has sold 5.1 million(!) copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music and was 2014’s best selling album (with 3.7 million sold last year) And guess what? It is also 2015’s best seller, so far, with another 1.4 million moved this year.

Meaning…we’ll all be stuck in 1989 for quite some time.

5.Which diva is the most heartbroken this summer? 

Summer romance seems to be cursed this year.

In what will go down as the most brutal summer of celebrity breakups–particularly for music superstars (Sorry, Ben & Jen).

Blake and Miranda, Gwen and Gavin, (sigh)Reba and Narvel — the list goes on. Which diva do you think is most distraught? Better yet, which breakup has you stunned you most and has hit hardest?

Billboard has joined in on the tearfest, crafting up a poll that you can take to maybe save whatever’s left of summer romance at this point. Grab a Kleenex, cue “Don’t Speak” and go right here.







Summer Groove of the Day/Fergie/”London Bridge”

You know how sometimes you hear a song for the very first time and think to yourself, “what the f$%k is this?” Well, that’s certainly what it was like the first time I laid my headphones on Fergie’s solo debut ditty, “London Bridge.” But then after a few more listens that were perhaps mixed with a few umbrella-draped cocktails (Grey Goose, I’m sure.), Fergie Ferg’s anthem quickly became my favorite summer groove of ’06.

Of course, it was also the Polow da Don cooked up “London” that launched the Black Eyed Peas diva into the ranks of solo superstardom, with the single becoming the first of five-in-a-row top 5 smashes (“Fergalicious,” “Glamorous,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Clumsy“)off of her fiery solo set, The Dutchess. Oh shit, indeed.

By the way, Ms. Fergie Ferg, where’s that 2nd solo album? We’re waiting…

Get that music business.