Jessica Hannah “Jess” Glynne (born 20 October 1989) is an English singer and songwriter, signed to Atlantic Records. She rose to prominence as a featured artist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award winning single “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love”, both of which reached number one on theUK Singles Chart in 2014. Her debut solo single, “Right Here”, reached the top ten the same year.
Jess Glynne was raised in North London Her father is an estate agent and her mother worked in A&R in the music industry.She applied for the television show The X Factor when she was 15 years old, but dropped out of the audition process following a disagreement with the producers.Glynne worked for a music management company in her late teens and began networking with songwriters and producers, eventually honing her artistry for four years.
During 2013, deep house producer Route 94 approached Glynne about rewriting and providing vocals for a song of his, called “My Love”, which at the time contained a sample that he was prohibited from using. “My Love”, featuring Glynne, was released on DJ Annie Mac’s compilation album Annie Mac Presents in October 2013. Electronic group Clean Bandit heard “My Love” and approached Glynne to feature on their song “Rather Be”. For her work on “Rather Be”, Glynne won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording and was nominated for Song of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards.
In September 2015, it was announced that Glynne would appear on the twelfth series of The X Factor as a guest judge at Cheryl’s Judges’ Houses segment.
Glynne’s track “Take Me Home” was released as the official Children in Need 2015 charity single in November and peaked at number 6 in the UK becoming Glynne’s eighth overall top 10 hit in the country. In June 2016, it was revealed Glynne had turned down the chance to be a judge on The Voice UK, insisting she’s “just not interested” in a role on the show. Also in June 2016, Glynne announced she would embark on a UK arena tour in November, titled the Take Me Home tour.
“Hold My Hand”
Put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK
In my mind, I’m running round a cold and empty space
Just put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK
Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh
The rising tide will rise against them all, oh
Darling, hold my hand
Oh, won’t you hold my hand?
‘Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore
Won’t you understand? ‘Cause I don’t wanna walk alone
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying
I’m ready for this, you stop me falling
I’m ready for this, I need you all in
I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand