Hold My Hand

Album: I Cry When I Laugh (2015)
Charted: 1 86

Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Jess Glynne's debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, the song was premiered in January 2015. "It's one of those songs that just kind of makes you feel at ease," she told USA Today. "It was inspired by my severe anxiety. Me and my friend wrote it together."

    "It's just about somebody being there when you feel insecure in a situation and that person is just there to make you feel better," she added. "I love it, it's got me written all over it."
  • The song debuted at peak position on the UK singles chart. It was Jess Glynne's first chart-topper as a solo artist, following her two #1s as a guest vocalist in 2014 on Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" and Route 94's "My Love."
  • The song's country twang wasn't intentional. Jess Glynne told The Idolator: "I actually wrote it with Jack [Patterson] from Clean Bandit and this girl called Janee [Bennett] who I pretty much write all my songs with. When we started it, me and Janee had this idea before we even got to the studio of the line "Darling, hold my hand." It wasn't originally like, "Oh we're thinking country." But when we put the chords down and started singing, it kind of sounds a little bit like Dolly Parton's '9 to 5.' I later on realized that, but it wasn't done on purpose."
  • Asked by HMV.com where the I Cry When I Laugh album title came from, Jess Glynne replied: "Well I do actually cry when I laugh it's a known fact about me, the minute I laugh I cry. It's a fact about me and the album is my journey so it fits pretty well. The album goes come from heartbreak to happiness so it also relates to the emotions of the album pretty well too."
  • The song featured in the 2015 "Family Gatherings" Coca Cola commercial.

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