Early Life of Jessie J

Topics: Cyndi Lauper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, American female singers Pages: 2 (530 words) Published: April 11, 2013
Jessie J was born Jessica Ellen Cornish in Chadwell Heath, London,[8] daughter of Stephen Cornish and Rose Cornish (née Archer). She was educated at Mayfield High School in the London Borough of Redbridge. She attended Colin's Performing Arts School and as an 11-year old-was cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of Whistle Down the Wind.[9][10][11] Jessie has two sisters, who are five and seven years older than she is, who were both head girls at school. Unlike her academic sisters, Cornish has stated she was "never really that good at anything". She said, "At school they were like 'oh, you're a Cornish girl' and they kind of expected me to be the same as my sisters. Give me something to draw or an outfit to pick for someone, or hair, make-up, acting, write a song, I'm fine with it, but anything to do with sums – it was never my thing." She also said she never based her intelligence on her exam results.[12] She also said she was always good at singing and it was her "thing". At the age of 16 she began studying at the BRIT School and at 17 she joined a girl group named Soul Deep.[13] She graduated in the class of 2006 along with singers Adele and Leona Lewis.[14] At 18, she suffered a stroke as a result of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome . Jessie J was signed to Gut Records, recording an album for the label, but the company went bankrupt before any material was released. ] She then found success as a songwriter, gaining a Sony ATV publishing contract.[17] She was also the support act for Cyndi Lauper during Lauper's UK dates of her 2008 Bring Ya to the Brink tour (Lauper invited J to join her on stage for the performances of "Girls Just Want To Have Fun"). Jessie has also written lyrics for artists such as Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus, including "Party in the U.S.A.".[18][19] Jessie J was also part of a girl band, called Soul Deep, for two years, however she left due to thoughts that "it wasn't going anywhere". Despite people thinking that her first...
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