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‘I think I’m still taking baby steps’

At just 23, Jessie J has already hit a career high with her first album, Who You Are, doing record business in Britain and across the world. UK chartbuster Jessie J of Price tag... fame says fighting...

music Updated: May 06, 2011 14:40 IST
Collin Rodrigues

At just 23, Jessie J has already hit a career high with her first album, Who You Are, doing record business in Britain and across the world. Back in 2010, her first single, Do it like a dude… made it to the UK Singles Chart at No 2. The follow up single Price tag…, which released in January this year, went straight to the No 1 slot in the UK charts and stayed there for two weeks. “It took me six years to finish this album. Big white room…, Stand up… and Mamma knows best… are some tracks that have been carried on to this album. I wanted to make it as strong a compilation as possible,” she says.

The artiste first came into the limelight after she wrote songs for R&B singer Chris Brown and pop artiste Miley Cyrus. “Songwriting is an incredible gift. But that doesn’t mean that I’m the most amazing songwriter and that every time I sit down I write a hit. I feel I’m still taking baby steps; I’m still at the beginning of my career,” she says.

Though Jessie has been through some very serious health complications since she was a child, she has never been deterred from her aim to create good music. At the age of four, she had a minor stroke and when she was 11 years old, she was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and had to have wires inserted into her shoulder, groin and heart. “Coping with bad health has helped me. I want to be an inspiration to people with disabilities and those who feel that they can’t live their dreams because of health issues,” Jessie says.

So where does she see herself 10 years down the line? “I want to earn money to give away. I want to do everything I can. I want to do product campaigns, dress up, have my own TV show, private property and have a perfume in my name. And yes, given an opportunity, I would love to come to India.”