• songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • South Londoner Jessie Ware is a soulful singer-songwriter who trained classically at primary school. After finishing her English literature degree at Sussex University, Brighton, Ware started out in 2010 as an occasional backing singer for her old school friend Jack Peñate, whilst working as a journalist on the Jewish Chronicle and as a P.A. in a production company. Ware quit the latter job when she was invited to tour with Peñate, during which the singer was introduced to masked producer SBTRKT. That same year Ware lent her thick, silky vocals to SBTRKT's tune, "Nervous," and her ability to ride the Dubstep musician's skittering beats earned Ware a solo deal. "Devotion" is the title track of her debut album, which was released by PMR Records on August 20, 2012.
  • Ware told The Sun that Devotion is, "my first real attempt at writing and learning how to be a songwriter." She continued: "It is honest and romantic and combines all of my different musical passions from Hip-Hop to Disney music."
  • Dave Okumu, who is the frontman for the UK Alt-Rock act The Invisible, produced this title track. In fact, it was Okumu's rough demo for the song that established the direction for the project. "We were gonna just write together," Ware explained to Billboard magazine, "and he had this idea for a song called 'Devotion' and had the first verse and the chorus. It was just the most beautiful thing to me, and I went, 'Oh my God. This is exactly the kind of music I wanted to make.'"
  • The Digital Spy site selected Devotion as their top album of 2012. They said: "A smart and sophisticated debut that remains utterly compelling throughout, and serves as a message to guest vocalists everywhere that there is plenty of light at the end of the tunnel."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Little RichardFact or Fiction

Was Long Tall Sally a transvestite? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of Rock's greatest innovators.

Ian Anderson of Jethro TullSongwriter Interviews

The flautist frontman talks about touring with Led Zeppelin, his contribution to "Hotel California", and how he may have done the first MTV Unplugged.

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

Rick AstleySongwriter Interviews

Rick Astley on "Never Gonna Give You Up," "Cry For Help," and his remarkable resurgence that gave him another #1 UK album.

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.