Jessie J is BBC’s tip for 2011
Urban pop singer Jessie J has come top of the BBC's Sound of 2011 talent list which showcases the best rising stars in music for the coming year.
The list uses recommendations from more than 160 influential UK tastemakers, including many from the radio industry.
Born Jessica Cornish, Jessie J's sound is a mix of attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads. Her debut single Do It Like A Dude burst onto the scene in November, making it into the UK top 30. She had previously found success as a songwriter, co-writing the Miley Cyrus hit Party in the USA.
Jessie J says she is "overwhelmed" to be at the top of the Sound of 2011 list. "It feels amazing to be accepted on such a broad scale," she said. "I know I'm doing something right and I've got to keep doing it. It's an honour. The expectation of me at the moment is so high, but I thrive on knowing people have that expectation… It's a challenge."
Austin Daboh, Music Manager at BBC 1Xtra – the first station to play Jessie's music, says: "From the minute I saw a homemade video of Jessie singing her head off, I knew she was a talent.
"I think she combines a unique charisma with great songwriting and to top it off she has an incredible voice. After hearing an album sampler and seeing her live, I then saw the reaction to her debut single Do It Like A Dude – it's the same reaction I saw when Tinie Tempah unleashed Pass Out."
A longlist of the top 15 artists for the BBC Sound of 2011 was published in December 2010 and the top five has been revealed this week.
Cutting edge producer-vocalists James Blake and Jamie Woon are respectively at number two and at number four, with rock band The Vaccines at number three and Birmingham chanteuse Clare Maguire at number five.
The BBC Sound of… series has picked out music stars in the making for the last nine years. Last year Ellie Goulding came top followed by Marina and the Diamonds. Previous winners in the nine-year history include Little Boots, Adele, Mika, Corrine Bailey Rae and 50 Cent.