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In a world gone auto-tune, Jessie J's voice is the loudest — and it's auto-tune-free. The 26-year-old British chanteuse has carved a special place for herself on the pop charts with that voice. It's soulful, rich, and packs a stellar range. And, Jessie's newest single, "Bang Bang," could serve as her voice's C.V. But, "Bang Bang" also represents the dawning of a new era.
Jessie (born Jessica Ellen Cornish) has another album due out this year; one that promises to shatter whatever bubblegum-formulaic pop persona that's still haunting her. Based on its first single, looks like Cornish is taking the gritty edge of "Do It Like A Dude" and peppering it with big-band dance beats. When that voice starts wailing — well, you best brace yourself, because Jessie J's through playing some character aiming to please. It's time to welcome the real Jessie J — killer pipes and all.
Photographed by Atisha Paulson