Ware performing in January 2012
|Jessica Lois Ware|
|Born||15 October 1984|
Hammersmith, London, England
Jessica Lois Ware (born 15 October 1984) is an English singer-songwriter and podcaster. Her debut studio album Devotion (2012) peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and produced the single "Wildest Moments". Her follow-up record, Tough Love (2014), reached number nine in the United Kingdom. Ware has sung vocals for Joker and SBTRKT, in concert and on their recordings.
Ware was born at Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London, and was raised in Clapham, London. She is the daughter of Helena (née Keell, always called Lennie), a social worker, and John Ware, a BBC Panorama reporter, who divorced when she was 10. She is the younger sister of British actress Hannah Ware. Her mother was supportive in her early musical career and Ware considers her to be "her hero", saying "She brought up my sister, brother and me with so much love and fun and always told me I could do anything I want." Ware's mother is Jewish and she was raised in the faith.
After her studies, Ware briefly worked as a journalist at The Jewish Chronicle, did sports journalism at The Daily Mirror and worked behind the scenes at TV company Love Productions. There, she was a colleague of Erika Leonard, otherwise known as E. L. James, the author of Fifty Shades of Grey.
In the years prior to releasing her first solo album, Ware did backing vocals at live shows for Jack Peñate (who took her on tour in the U.S.) and Man Like Me. Ware said she learned a lot during her time with Jack Peñate: "Performing with him was really good training, because I got to learn all about how other people do it - I was able to perform live without the pressure of being a lead singer. It gave me a taste of what to expect, and it prepared me for what I'm doing now."
One of Peñate's bandmates, Tic, first introduced Ware to SBTRKT; Ware and SBTRKT went on to collaborate on 'Nervous' (2010). She consequently met Sampha, best known as SBTRKT's main collaborator and live member. They created "Valentine" together, which was released on a special edition, heart-shaped vinyl by Young Turks in 2011. "Valentine" was partly inspired by James Blake's song "The Wilhelm Scream" and based on their own personal experiences in love. The music video for "Valentine" was directed by Marcus Söderlund. "Nervous", "Valentine" and an additional collaboration with DJ Joker ("The Vision") led Ware to a record deal with PMR Records. She also featured on Ceremonials, the 2011 album by Florence and the Machine in which her good friend Florence Welch is lead singer.
On 14 October 2011, Ware released her debut solo single "Strangest Feeling" on limited 10" purple vinyl, although the song did not chart in the United Kingdom. She then released "Running" on 24 February 2012 as the lead single from her debut studio album, Devotion. "110%" was released as the album's second single on 13 April, peaking at number 61 in the United Kingdom. "Wildest Moments" was released as the album's third single on 29 June, peaking at number 46 in the United Kingdom. Ware reckons the proudest moment of her career was hearing Wildest Moments accompanying a television montage of highlights from Andy Murray's dramatic third-round win at Wimbledon. On 20 August 2012, Ware released her debut album Devotion, which peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart. "Night Light" was released as the fourth single on 24 August. On 11 September, Devotion was announced as a nominee for the prestigious Mercury Prize.
In late 2012, the song titled "110%" had to be changed to "If You're Never Gonna Move", due to legal problems with the clearance of a sample of "Dream Shatterer" by Big Punisher, which was an integral part of the song (the title itself was a play on another of Big Punisher's tracks, "100%"). "If You're Never Gonna Move" contains a similar-sounding sample instead.
Ware toured in the United Kingdom in the early part of March 2013, supported by Laura Mvula, starting with Cambridge, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol and ending in London. The United Kingdom tour was followed by a European tour in the second half of March 2013 and a US tour in April 2013. In the summer of 2013, Ware played many festivals all over the world, and at the end of 2013, Jessie went on tour in the United States again.
At the beginning of 2014, Ware returned to the studio to write her second album. On 17 July 2014, Ware posted on her Twitter page that the new album is also called Tough Love, including a picture of the cover art, and she also announced on social media that Tough Love would be released on 6 October.
"Tough Love" was the first single to be taken from the new album, airing for the first time on BBC Radio 1 as "Hottest Record" during the Zane Lowe's show and slated for a UK release on 3 August 2014. "Tough Love" was compared to "Prince at his minimalist '80's best" by Pitchfork, who interviewed Ware prior to the release. "Tough Love" is produced together with BenZel, the production duo composed of London post-bass producer Two Inch Punch and mega-producer Benny Blanco who Ware previously worked with on the single "If You Love Me"; Benzel are also executive producers of her new album. Ed Sheeran confirmed that they had written the song "Say You Love Me", together for the new album, which was released on 13 August 2014.
She performed "Wildest Moments" together with the winner of that night Artem Furman on the Polish version of X Factor 2014. On her Twitter page, Ware announced that the only festival she would be playing in 2014 was going to be Wilderness Festival (7-10 August 2014); a pair of additional dates at Berlin Festival 2014 (6 July 2014) and Sopot Gulf of Art (26 July 2014) were later added.
Ware contributed a song for Nicki Minaj's third studio album, The Pinkprint (2014), called "The Crying Game" in which Minaj alternates between "devastating verses and pensive crooning" whilst Ware adds "haunting" and "soulful" vocals to the chorus. Originally, Ware only received a songwriting credit, but she was then credited on updated versions of the album.
In July 2017, Ware released the single "Midnight". She also announced that her third album, entitled Glasshouse, would be due out later that year and feature collaborations with Francis and the Lights, Ed Sheeran, Cashmere Cat, Julia Michaels and others. In the same month, she returned to the stage after a two-year absence in anticipation of the album release. On 31 August, Ware premiered the second single "Selfish Love" accompanied by the music video.
The new album was released on 20 October through Island/PMR. It featured 12 songs plus five additional tracks available on the deluxe version, including "Till the End", previously released on the Me Before You soundtrack, and three acoustic versions.
In September 2017 the third song from the album, "Alone", was released. The official music video for the song, which premiered on 12 October, was directed by Charlie Robbins and filmed at the Eltham Palace in London.
Towards the end of 2017, Ware launched a podcast, produced with her mother, called "Table Manners" for Acast and Island Records about "family, food and the art of a good old chit-chat". Each week there is a new guest on the show. The first episode became available on 8 November 2017 and featured British singer-songwriter and friend Sam Smith as the guest. Now in its fourth season, the podcasts have had many notable guests, including Ed Sheeran who featured in the second season opener on 14 February 2018, Randy Jackson who opened in the third series episode on May 30, 2018, and Nigella Lawson who appeared in Season 4 Episode 1. Other notable guests include Sandy Toksvig, Daniel Kaluuya, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Annie Mac.
Ware is a UNICEF UK ambassador and travelled with them to Bangladesh, Cameroon and Macedonia to see the work they are doing there to help children who have fled violence. On 15 November 2014, Ware joined the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track Do They Know It's Christmas? at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Ware was also part of the lineup for "Artists for Grenfell" Charity Single which was released to raise money for the families of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 and for The London Community Foundation.[better source needed]
Ware shared a flat with Felix White of The Maccabees and is friends with Adele. In August 2014, she married her childhood friend, Sam Burrows, whom she had met at school, on the Greek island of Skopelos, where the couple had previously become engaged. On 15 April 2016, Ware revealed that she was expecting her first child. On 8 September 2016, Ware announced the birth of her daughter who was born three days prior.
|2012||MOBO Awards||Best Female||N/A||Nominated|||
|Mercury Prize||Album of the Year||Devotion||Nominated|||
|2013||BRIT Awards||British Female Solo Artist||N/A||Nominated|||
|South Bank Sky Arts Awards||Pop Music||Devotion||Won|||
|MOBO Awards||Best Female Act||N/A||Nominated|||
|Best R&B/Soul Act||N/A||Nominated|
|2015||BRIT Awards||British Female Solo Artist||N/A||Nominated|
|2017||MOBO Awards||Best Female Act||N/A||Nominated|
|2018||Brit Awards||British Female Solo Artist||N/A||Nominated|