Jessica Hannah "Jess" Glynne grew up in London's Muswell Hill neighborhood, the child of music-loving parents. Her father owns a high-end estate agency in central London and her mother, Alexandra, is a former Atlantic A&R rep who quit when her daughter was born.
She honed her soulful raspy voice from an early age. "I was just obsessed with soul singers who had these big powerful voices," Glynne recalled to The Independent. "I used to listen to Aretha, Whitney, Mariah and try and imitate them, note for note and riff for riff."
Glynne's first sung in public during assemblies at Rhodes Avenue Primary School with her best friend. She recalled to MTV UK: "We used to sing 'Hero' by Mariah Carey; it was like my favourite song, we were obsessed with it. We'd do it as a duet and it's the first I remember performing. At secondary school I did a talent show and what did I sing? Hero [laughs]."
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