Jessie Ware 'Devotion': Singer Launches Debut Album To Critical Acclaim

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Friends, family and a sprinkling of journalists packed out Red Bull Studios in London on Monday night to watch Jessie Ware celebrate the launch of her debut album with a live performance.

The 11 track record, Devotion, recorded almost entirely at the Tower Bridge hub, with The Invisible’s Dave Okumu, Julio Bashmore and 19-year-old producer Slime, went straight to number six in the album charts on its day of release, and a day later remains in the top 10.

So who is this singer/songwriter who's got the music world talking?

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Ware - the daughter of Panorama's John Ware - trained classically at primary school and went on to attend Alleyn's School in south London (where former pupils include Jude Law and Florence Welch).

She studied for an English degree at Sussex University with the idea of becoming a journalist. And up until two years ago, she was a reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, providing occasional backing vocals for her friend Jack Peñate.

However, after singing on SBTRKT’s Nervous in 2010, people began to sit up and take note of her voice.

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Jessie Ware performing live during the Summer Series at Somerset House London

Now the south London star, inspired by the likes of Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and more recently Frank Ocean, has got her own album, filled with the kind of songs you can listen to on replay, described as "electronic soul".

Ware, who's been touring since March and has so far released three singles (Running, 110% and Wildest Moments) has told how all of the tracks on the record capture a moment in time in her life...

Speaking to Red Bull, she explained Devotion is the album title as that’s where it all started. Wildest Moment is about her best friend, Sweet Talk was written by her and Bashmore after a curry on a hot night in Bristol, and the final track Something Inside, was her perfect outro song.

She revealed: “I like it because it takes you into a dreamy world."

NME have hailed her debut "a record filled with moments that bring you to your knees" and Clash Music have called it "a strong and accomplished debut," adding that "Jessie Ware has provided the missing link between SBTRKT and Sade".

LISTEN: To Jessie Ware's 'love song' Wildest Moments - are you a fan?

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