Emerging UK pop singer Jessie Ware made her Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer Friday night. Writer and photographer Grace Dickinson of JUMP Philly was there covering the scene, which included Ware taking a moment during the show to reminisce about her first visit to Philly – singing backup for Jack Penate during his World Cafe session. Grace reports:
After playing with The Roots earlier in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, soul-singer Jessie Ware hopped from NYC to Philadelphia for a performance at Union Transfer. Opening with Devotion, Ware sang nearly her entire EP, If You’re Never Gonna Move, along with a few other tracks from her UK released album, also titled Devotion, to be released in the states this April.
The Friday night show drew a fairly packed crowd, though was the only one not to sell out on her U.S. tour. It was the South Londoner’s first time headlining as a solo artist here but Ware let the audience know it wasn’t her first Philadelphia performance.
“When I decided to be a singer, I quit my 9-5 job and became a back-up singer,” explained Ware, referencing her former days touring with English musician Jack Peñate. “My first stop was Philadelphia and we did World Café. It’s been very romantic for me to be back here tonight.”
Ware made a visit back to World Café earlier in the afternoon for a session with David Dye, this time performing songs off of her own record.
Prior to her solo debut, Ware also acted as a back-up singer for Joker, along with SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome). For SBTRKT, Ware eventually ended up singing lead on the British producer’s 2010 single “Nervous,” a single that led Ware to her own label deal with PMR.
The 28-year-old is frequently compared to the likes of other powerful, female UK soloists popular in the states, like Adele and Sade. She definitely has that same soulful feel, akin also to English vocalist Joss Stone, though with a dubstep influence likely linked to her days with SBTRKT. Continue reading
Jessie Ware, the UK pop/soul artist who delighted audiences with her debut album Devotion, shows love through the eyes of two children in the charming new video for “Sweet Talk.” The quirky flirtation between two teenie-boppers trying to get their start as performers makes a play for one of the most endearing videos released this year. Ware’s U.S. winter tour includes a performance at Union Transfer January 18th; go here for tickets and information. Below, watch the video for “Sweet Talk.”
Budding UK pop darling Katy B has plans to follow up her 2011 debut, On a Mission, with a second full-length record sometime in 2013. But in the meantime, the singer released Danger, an EP with four brand new tracks partially produced by Philly mixmaster Diplo. It also features vocals from Jessie Ware (playing at Union Transfer January 18th) and Iggy Azalea (playing at The Trocadero December 20th); go here for more information. You can hear the EP below and download it for free here.
British songbird Jessie Ware‘s deep vocals resonate perfectly with Japanese R&B duo BenZel in a soulful new cover, “If You Love Me.” The song was originally recorded by the 90s female R&B group Brownstone, and can listen to their version here. Ware recently announced a U.S. tour in 2013, which includes a stop at Union Transfer January 18; for tickets and information go here. “If You Love Me” can be heard below.
Breakout English pop-soul artist Jessie Ware last week announced plans to tour in the United States, including a January 18th show at Union Transfer. Ware’s debut album, Devotion, was released in August to critical acclaim: Stereogum called it “an announcement of a major talent arriving; Pitchfork said Ware’s debut effort was a “uniquely soulful masterclass.” Ware’s b-sides and remix EP, 110%, is scheduled to be released in December. Order tickets for Ware’s show at Union Transfer here, and below you can watch the video for “110%.”