Jessie Ware is hitting the road following her first album in three years – her first as a mother.
A new mother herself, much of Glasshouse was inspired by pregnancy and maternal love. It also reflects on her daughter’s impact on both life and Ware’s relationship with husband Sam Burrows, allowing her to write more personally.
“It was a big readjustment,” she says “I felt inspired to write about things I maybe hadn’t experienced before.
“It was a really special time for me to be able to write about her and how life was changing around me.”
She started her musical career as a backing vocalist for school friend Jack Penate and worked with fellow south Londoner Sampha prior to 2012’s debut, Devotion. There has also been collaborations in some form with the likes of Miguel, Dev Hynes, and Benny Blanco. Her body of work rejects genre-labelling, although she admits to “dipping my toe deeper into pop recently”.
“Maybe it’s time to go the other way for a bit?” she says. “I started in this underground, left world and enjoyed that and it was really fun.
“I don’t want to put restrictions on what I do so that’s why I’ve always had loads of different references in every album, whether it’d be a country song or an r’n’b slow jam or a new producer I found on Facebook and asked if we could work together. It’s just making music, that’s all I care about.”
She feeds off collaboration and insists on needing other people to help her creatively.
“I just don’t trust my idea is good enough and so I need someone else to go ‘yeah, but what about that’,” she says.
“I know who I am - I know what I want to make,
“I know the sound. I think I lost myself for a while, but overall I know who I am as an artist.”
Balancing her time between her daughter and promoting the album has meant little time for writing, yet she is adamant her next record won’t be autobiographical.
“I want to do a completely different thing,” she says. “It’s going to be escapism.
“It was a beautiful moment for me, but I’m going to take a little holiday away from that.”
She has found performing the deeply personal Glasshouse cathartic, though,
In the shows she has already played, one of the album’s songs, Sam - dedicated to her husband and co-written by Ed Sheeran - has become a special moment on-stage for the 33-year-old, with fans embracing the track as a singalong moment.
“I thought it was too personal for them to like it or want it, it’s really intense and amazing.”
Yet in one review of a gig since the album’s October release, a Guardian columnist commented it was “hard to think of a young British artist who has had as easy a ride as Jessie Ware”.
Ware often reads reviews and saw the remark.
Despite insisting “it’s all good” she is still obviously slightly annoyed.
“I really care that this is a show I want to evolve and I care about what the audience thinks,” she says.
“ There’s been nothing easy about anyone’s ride in music.
“It’s hard and to get to your third album there was nothing easy about that.”
The Brit Award academy obviously agree with Ware.
She received a nod in the best British female category - the third time she has been shortlisted for the prize.
“The Brits are always a huge event and rather intimidating and scary,” she says,
“I don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of the red carpet and you get out of the car and it’s always freezing cold and there’s always a big gust of wind and you’re always wearing a stupid dress that is not correct for a gust of wind.”
Jessie Ware plays Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Saturday, March 31. For tickets, priced from £31.45, see sheffieldacademy.co.uk