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Jour­ney The That Tran­cends Mu­si­cal Soul

- Leonye McCalla Entertainment · Musicians · Supermodels · Celebrities · Music · Journey · Kanye West · United States of America · United Kingdom · Jess Glynne · Clean Bandit · Macklemore · The Official UK Charts Company · Eminem · Gabriella Wilson · Musiq Soulchild · Erykah Badu · Aretha Franklin · Whitney Houston

One thing about singer-song­writer Jess Glynne is that her vo­cals are un­de­ni­able, and her mu­sic has been able to tran­scend gen­res, which is some­times hard to do. She’s worked with elec­tronic bands like Clean Ban­dit, hip-hop artists like Mack­le­more, and R&B singer PARTYNEXTD­OOR. This ver­sa­til­ity has helped her tremen­dously and is largely the rea­son why she has so many Num­ber One hits (she holds the record as the only fe­male solo singer with the most Num­ber One sin­gles on the Bri­tish charts). How­ever, sur­pris­ingly, she shares that she doesn’t “re­ally think about it too much,” adding that she doesn’t write songs to be Num­ber One, but in­stead, she fo­cuses on writ­ing great mu­sic that she loves. On an­other note, Glynne can’t re­ally lis­ten to too many other artists, ei­ther, while fo­cus­ing on her own mu­sic. But she has en­joyed Eminem’s new records and Kanye West’s mu­sic. She also likes to lis­ten to H.E.R., an R&B new­comer who also boasts pow­er­house vo­cals. As for gen­eral in­spi­ra­tions, she en­joys other neo-soul artists like Musiq Soulchild and Erykah Badu. While she’s been very busy for over three years trav­el­ing the world per­form­ing all over Europe and in other coun­tries, her to-do list in­cludes this goal: cross­ing over to the U.S. (Glynne checked Coachella off her bucket list in 2015.)

Re­gard­less, the 29-year-old artist has been mak­ing waves in the U.K. for some time now. Back in 2014, she was fea­tured on “Rather Be,” a poppy-elec­tronic tune that gains some depth with her soul­ful voice (the song won a Grammy for Best Dance Record­ing). It’s no sur­prise that Glynne cred­its Aretha Franklin and Whit­ney Hous­ton as some of her big­gest in­spi­ra­tions. She re­al­ized she had a voice at age “7-ish,” which is pretty young for any­one to re­al­ize the im­pact of their voice, but she knew her skills would lead her on the right path.

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