"It’s an album musically that I’ve wanted to make for a long time and had to find the right time."
Jessie J says "it’s an album musically that I’ve wanted to make for a long time and had to find the right time.
I miss Jessie J. 2014's Sweet Talker was a legitimately great album, but it feels like she's stood still in the water since (excuse the pun).
The pop star announced her new campaign with Propel Electrolyte Water. The company tapped Jessie to belt a new song titled “Let’s Get Ugly,” which she hopes inspires others to live a healthy lifestyle. Her involvement feels a little desperate, but it did shed some light on Jessie's next LP, which she describes as "honest and very grown."
"I’ve recently let my friends know that I’m working on new music," she tells Billboard. "It’s been a very incredible process for me in the last two years. With this next lot of music, I’m very much going back to my roots like on my first album [2011’s Who You Are], which was very honest. I needed to go back to where it all began; to take a break in a good, positive way. From the ages 25-30, you learn so much and grow as a person. You become who you’re going to be for a long time. I’ve also enjoyed the process of just getting back to songwriting on my own. Where I’m at with the new music, everything written thus far I’ve written by myself. I’m really proud of it. It doesn’t reflect anything I’ve ever done before, which is exciting.
"It’s an album musically that I’ve wanted to make for a long time and had to find the right time. Everyone who’s heard the album so far says it’s very honest and very grown. I’m speaking on issues that a 29-year-old goes through which is different from what I’ve sung about in the past. But I have to be true to what’s in my mind and heart. I’m working with one producer, DJ Camper [Mary J. Blige, John Legend], on this cohesive piece of work. It’s a piece of music as opposed to singles and album fillers. I feel like I’m making music. I don’t know when it will be out. I’m just enjoying the process that everything happens for a reason, trusting in time and feelings."
The forthcoming record is also inspired by DJ Camper (Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, Mariah Carey’s Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse, Mary J. Blige’s Think Like a Man Too). "He’s incredible, actually insane. I met him through a friend. He’s the most incredible pianist and comes from church. He’s inspired me more than I ever thought I could be inspired. I’m so happy I found an amazing friend as well as a producer in the process. It’s been a really beautiful experience for both of us. I don’t want to talk about it too much because I get a bit emotional. But I’m so excited for people to hear the music. It’s a side of my voice that I haven’t celebrated enough."
Save 2017, Jessie. Save it.