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Interview:
Singing is better than sports writing for Britain's Jessie Ware
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Jessie Ware's "Devotion," didn't wind up winning the Mercury Music Prize it was nominated for. But it did put the British singer on the map.

The British singer's debut album was a Top 5 hit in her homeland, yielding singles such as "If You're Never Gonna Move," "Running, "Night Light" and "Wildest Moments." She was also nominated for a pair of Brit Awards and won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for best Pop Music act. She has a degree in English Literature and was a sports journalist -- and onetime colleague of "Fifty Shades of Gray" author E.L. James -- but Ware is happy that music is working out for her.

"It feels very much like it's finding its place," says Ware, 29, who before "Devotion" recorded with the electronic group SBTRKT, Sampha, Jiker and others. "Right now it's at all different stages around the world, which is quite exciting for me -- and also makes you not get too complacent. It means that I have to work hard.

"But it's a very privileged situation to be allowed to calls this work and be able to do this every night."

America is next on the hit list for Ware, where she says "the crowds are probably the best." And despite her acknowledged pessimistic nature, Ware is generally happy with the start "Devotion" has given her.

"This was my first experience at writing and kind of working out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it," she explains. "I love how imperfect that is on the album. I can see all the problems on it, but I've learned lot from it.

"And I'm so happy about who I worked with on the album because it was real friends, and that made it special to me. So even though I thought it's probably not going to do anything. I got to write with loads of lovely friends and have a really nice time and make some of the most wonderful memories ever. So if it went (poorly) at least we had a good time, and it wound up turning out alright after all."

Jessie Ware and The Invisible perform Friday, Nov. 8, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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