” Who You Are ” is by Jessie J ( Jessica Ellen Cornish ), the English singer and songwriter. Jessie, born and raised in London, started in show business by performing in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind at the age of 11.
As a singer, she found success with her debut 2011 single ” Do It Like a Dude “, which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. However, it was the release of her next single ” Price Tag ” which launched her career as a singer-songwriter.
The song was Number One in nineteen countries including the UK, it was followed by her debut album, Who You Are, which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart. As of January 2015, the award-winning singer has sold over 20 million singles and over 3 million albums worldwide.
” Who You Are ” was written by Toby Gad ( who also produced this song ), Shelly Peiken and Jessie J. Toby Gad is a German music producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. He is best known for co-writing ” All of Me ” for John Legend. He also co-wrote and produced Fergie’s ” Big Girls Don’t Cry ” and ” If I Were a Boy ” by Beyoncé.
Shelly Peiken is an American songwriter who has penned songs for Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Cher, Reba McEntire, Laura Pausini, NSYNC, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Aaliyah, Selena Gomez, Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato. She co-wrote Christina Aguilera’s Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number Ones ” What A Girl Wants ” and ” Come On Over Baby ( All I Want Is You ).
” Who You Are ” was released on the 13th of November 2011 by record labels Lava ( Republic Records/Universal Music Group ) and Island ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the sixth single ( fifth in the UK ) from Jessie’s debut album of the same name.
The album, released on the 28th of February 2011, was brought forward by a month due to pressure from fans. It features contributions from producers Dr. Luke, Toby Gad and K-Gee. As of April 2012, worldwide sales of the album have reached 2,500,000.
Jessie wrote the song at the age of 20; she had endured a lonely three-month trip to Los Angeles, where she was shunted from studio to studio with different producers.
Jessie explained the meaning of the song to an audience during a show at The Sofitel’s Stone Rose in Los Angeles ” I kind of lost myself. It’s very personal. It’s about being true to yourself. Don’t lose yourself in any situation you’re put in, and do the dew. ”
During an interview with the British newspaper, The Sun, Jessie explained further ” This song saved my life musically. The day before I wrote this song I was ready to give up music. It’s amazing how three-and-a-half minutes of melody and lyrics can change your life, and I’m so happy that not only has it saved my life but it’s saving other people’s. That’s why my debut album is called Who You Are. ”
The accompanying music video was released on the 29th of September 2011 to Jessie’s official channels on YouTube and Vevo. Directed by Emil Nava, the video was inspired by Sinéad O’Connor’s ” Nothing Compares 2 U. ”
The director, Emil Nava, is a British director who has worked with some of the biggest names in music. These include Calvin Harris, Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Alesso, Juicy J, Ed Sheeran, Zara Larsson, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Pharrell, T.I., Ne-Yo, Taio Cruz and Rudimental.
” Who You Are ” was a commercial success for Jessie. In the United States, the song reached number twelve on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 12th of March 2011 and reached a peak of number eight. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twenty-two weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 8
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 86, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 85, Ireland (IRMA) 23, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 8, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 37
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