Jessica Hannah “Jess” Glynne (born 20 October 1989) is a British singer and songwriter signed to Atlantic Records UK.
She is best known for featuring on Clean Bandit’s single “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love”, both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 2014.
Her début solo single, “Right Here”, reached the top ten and her second, “Hold My Hand”, was number one for three weeks.
Glynne was born in Hampstead and raised in Muswell Hill, north London. Her family is Jewish; her father is an estate agent and her mother worked in A&R in the music industry. She applied for the television show The X Factor when she was 15 years old, but was rejected. She attended Fortismere School, where she completed her A-levels in 2008, and took various jobs at a boutique, a fitness centre and a hairdresser’s. After a period spent travelling the world, Glynne worked for a music management company in her late teens and began networking with songwriters and producers, eventually honing her artistry for four years.
Glynne completed a year-long music course at an east London college, where she met her future collaborators: songwriter Jin Jin and producer Bless Beats. One of Glynne and Jin Jin’s compositions caught the attention of Black Butter Records, who signed Glynne to a publishing deal and introduced her to music managers and lawyers. She signed a contract with Atlantic Records in August 2013, consequently leaving her job at the time in brand management for a drinks company.
During 2013, deep house producer Route 94 approached Glynne about rewriting and providing vocals for a song of his, “My Love”, which at the time contained a sample that he was prohibited from using. “My Love”, featuring Glynne, was released on DJ Annie Mac’s compilation album Annie Mac Presents in October 2013. Electronic group Clean Bandit heard “My Love” and approached Glynne to feature on their song “Rather Be”. Released as a single in January 2014, “Rather Be” debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the third fastest-selling single and the most streamed song of 2014. The track attained number-one and top-five positions on charts across Europe and Oceania, and was a top ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In February 2014, Route 94’s “My Love” was released as a single; it also debuted at number one in the UK. Both “Rather Be” and “My Love” received nominations at the BRIT Awards for Best British Single. “Rather Be” won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was nominated for Song of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards. A second collaboration with Clean Bandit, “Real Love”, was released in November 2014 and reached number two in the UK.
In February 2014, Glynne uploaded a music video onto the internet for her song “Home” (produced by Bless Beats). Her debut solo single, the Gorgon City-produced “Right Here”, was released in July 2014 and charted in several countries, including at number six in the UK. Glynne appeared at several British music festivals during mid 2014, including Bestival, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Summer Series at Somerset House, V Festival, and Wireless. She toured around the UK from October 2014, beginning in Sheffield and finishing at the Electric Brixton in London. Also during 2014, Glynne collaborated on songwriting projects with Iggy Azalea, Little Mix, M.O, Rita Ora, Rudimental, and Tinie Tempah.
Glynne’s debut album is scheduled for UK release in June/July 2015 and will feature contributions from Knox Brown, Naughty Boy, Talay Riley, Starsmith, and Switch, as well as her regular collaborators Bless Beats and Jin Jin. Glynne’s single “Hold My Hand”, her second as the sole credited lead artist, debuted at number one in the UK in late March 2015, where it spent three weeks.