We’re predicting big things for Jessie J in 2011 – but who else should you look out for?
THE LOW-DOWN Realising the surname Cornish doesn’t ooze soul, this Essex girl ditched it for a J. And what a voice: the kind of bellows-lunged multi-octave range bitterly coveted by X Factor hopefuls. While the single Do it Like a Dude has a de rigueur sprinkling of Auto-Tune, she doesn’t need embellishment. If proof of her vocal abilities were needed, check out the YouTube clips of her belting out numbers in bathrooms and her bedroom. She’s a well-respected songwriter, having penned Do it Like a Dude for Rihanna before deciding to keep it, and having written for Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera. Her sound is a hybrid of soul, funk, grime and lung-busting ballads. She recently won the Brit Critics’ Choice prize as the most likely newcomer to break through in 2011, and her debut album is out in March.