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Born in London, England, singer Jessie J landed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing where she wrote for artists including Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus (Fun fact: She attended the BRIT School with Adele and Amy Winehouse). She began a solo career after realizing her dream was to be in front of the mic.

While she’s huge in the U.K., she’s never quite managed to break out stateside…until now.

Bang Bang – the Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande assisted single– suggests she might finally be on the brink of a crossover.

Her new album Sweet Talker shows off her powerhouse vocals that almost channel Mariah Carey. Her fun and quirky performances make her a breath of fresh air in music.

Check out her smash hit Flashlight from the film Pitch Perfect 2 below:

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