If there’s one thing you can say about Jess Glynne, it’s that she’s consistent—consistently GOOD. Just last week, Jess released “Why Me,” another song off her forthcoming debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, on SoundCloud and ONCE AGAIN it delivers. Unlike previously released singles, “Right Here,” “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” this one feels different. It’s definitively dance music but of the more mellow variety. Subtle dance beats allow Jess Glynne’s vocals to really shine through, and shine they do! In between the gently pulsating bass lines and percussion, Glynne’s voice breaks through like rays of sunshine through clouds. The song has a distinctive gospel quality, including, what sounds like a choir in the background, which complements the natural grit and soulful dips and peaks in her voice. Check out the just released video for “Why Me” which her friend Jolene Henry put together.
Jess Glynne will release her debut album, I Cry When I Laugh in the UK on August 21st and in America on September 11th (Atlantic Records). The LP features production from Starsmith, Steve Mac, TMS and others, plus it includes all previously released singles and album cuts, including “Right Here,” “Hold My Hand,” “Ain’t Got Far To Go,” “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself,” as well as one of her collaborations with Clean Bandit, “Real Love” (a bonus version of the album also includes “Rather Be,” “My Love” – her collab with Route 94 and “Not Letting Go” – her recent No. 1 hit with Tinie Tempah). Pre-order I Cry When I Laugh now on iTunes and be sure and catch Jess Glynne when she embarks on her very first headlining tour in the States, kicking off September 14th in Washington D.C. Check her website for tour dates.
Oh, and if you haven’t already, watch the beautiful video for Jess’ latest single, “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.” The video was directed by Declan Whitebloom and features Clark Peters from HBO’s The Wire.