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.
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.
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.