Alive and kicking, Jessie J is back with a vengeance

Jessie J.
Jessie J.

With her second album on the shelves now, singer Jessie J reveals that this time it’s her party and she’s doing things her way.

‘Alive’ follows on from the huge success of her debut ‘Who You Are’, which went on to sell 2.5 million copies, despite never reaching the top spot.

Jessie J, born Jessica Ellen Cornish in North London, said: “I know what I’m doing that bit more.

“I feel like I’m in control and prepared, rather than just turning up. I know how I want to represent myself, what to wear and all that. I know a catsuit on Lorraine just isn’t right.”

There’s a new-found self-awareness to Jessie. She still says ridiculous things - her analogy that women are like onions “because they have layers, and if you cut us, you’ll cry” is maybe the most ridiculous thing she says today, but she at least stops halfway through to laugh.

As with her first album, she called up a host of big names to help co-write and produce the songs, none bigger than Rodney Jerkins, who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears.

Trust is a big issue for Jessie. All producers and co-writers this time were people she’d worked with before, or close friends and colleagues of previous collaborators.

“I spoke to my dad about this. He’s a social worker and knows a lot about therapy,” she says. “He says if you open your heart to people you’ve never met, you have to make sure to close it back up before you leave. Don’t just talk to anyone.”

Jessie says the more successful she became, the more people tried to tell her they were responsible for it, and the more they wanted an input on what she did next. “Before I was successful, someone might not be bothered. Now, they all want to get their little spoon in the glory pie.”

Likewise, new track ‘It’s My Party’ came about after the singer got fed up with the ‘haters’ online.

“I wish it was more interesting,” says the singer. “I was in the studio one day and looked on Twitter and there were all these messages coming in, like ‘I hate you’, ‘I want to kill you’, or ‘You’re ugly’, and I just thought about how negative people are. You know - get a hobby, or a job or some friends, or something.

“There are always people telling me stuff like that, or ‘Why don’t you wear red lipstick any more’, or ‘Why did you cut your hair?’ But I’ll do what I want. It’s my party, basically. These people should focus inwards, because it definitely seems like they need to work on themselves a bit and find some peace.”