“I really didn’t want to work on new music. I’m done." I remember saying it out loud. I couldn’t differentiate between the business and the art. What I wanted to give up was the business and forgot that the art could save me in all of it.”
That is the confession of Jessie J—the multiplatinum-selling artist behind hits like “Price Tag,” “Domino” and “Bang Bang”—who was at a major crossroads after 2014’s Sweet Talker. And then, a song came to the rescue. A producer named DJ Camper played her the beat for what would become “Think About That,” a moody, meditation-type groove and a clear departure from her past two albums.
Now six years after dropping her platinum-selling debut Who You Are—and winning the prestigious Critics’ Choice prize at the BRIT Awards —London-born Jessie J is readying her confessional new album R.O.S.E., to be released in early 2018. The title is an acronym for realizations, obsessions, sex and empowerment—all topics that will be explored in song. But the meaning behind that title goes even deeper.
With DJ Camper (Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey) producing, Jessie J wrote the entire album herself, making this her most personal statement ever. Other standouts include “Not My Ex”—whose stripped-down soul puts Jessie’s dynamic voice right up front—and the empowering anthem “Queen,” which kicks some positivity on loving the body and skin you’re in.
“I was so angry but passionate that day in the studio recording “Queen”. I was so fed up of seeing negative comments and these forever changing rules for women on what is set as beautiful and ugly. There is no such thing, we are all QUEENS. I wanted to write a song that represented all women. I know there will be women that would have never said these words out loud to themselves before. “I love my body, I love my skin, I am a goddess, I am a Queen”. That alone is so powerful. Whilst focusing on lifting up myself, it never left my mind the importance to uplift all women at the same time. So important to me.”
Jessie J is back and stronger than ever.