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Jessie Ware on World Cafe | August 19, 2013

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Soulful singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is far from the first vocalist to make the transition from backing vocals to center stage; Sheryl Crow once backed Michael Jackson, after all. But the Londoner has made the leap with tremendous success in her own right.

Ware's first album — Devotion, out now in the U.S. — was nominated for the U.K.'s Mercury Prize in 2012. It's attracted comparisons to Adele and Sade, but as she explains in this installment of World Cafe, she's still learning her craft as a writer. Here, she plays songs from Devotion and tells the story behind "Wildest Moments," which is based on a feud at a wedding. (via World Cafe)

This story originally ran on April 4, 2013.


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Yo La Tengo "4th Time Around" I'm Not There Soundtrack
Adele "Make You Feel My Love" Chimes of Freedom
Glen Hansard "Love Don't Leave Me Waiting" Rhythm and Repose
Valerie June "You Can't Be Told" Pushin' Against a Stone
((Sunsets "Change Comes Slow" Gold Dissolves to Gray))
Jessie Ware "Devotion" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jessie Ware "What You Won't Do For Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jessie Ware "Wildest Moments" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Jessie Ware "Running" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Tracy Grammer "Shadows of Evangeline" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Elastic Bond "Find a Way" Real
The Bird & The Bee "I Can't Go For That" Interpreting the Masters
Alt-J "Breezeblocks" An Awesome Wave
Blind Faith "Can't Find My Way Home" Blind Faith
((Girls "Curls" Girls))
Broken Social Scene "7/4 (Shoreline)" Broken Social Scene
Moreland & Arbuckle "Broken Sunshine" 7 Cities
Moreland & Arbuckle "Tall Boogie" 7 Cities
Jamie Lidell "Do Yourself a Faver" Jamie Lidell
Stevie Wonder "Superstition" Talking Book
((Red Hot Chili Peppers "Sir Psycho Sexy" Blood Sugar Sex Majik))
Asgeir "King and Cross" In The Silence
Radiohead "Optimistic" Kid A
Kurt Vile "Shame Chamber" Wakin' On A Pretty Daze
Iron & Wine "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" Ghost on Ghost
((The Tallest Man on Earth "1904" There's No Leaving Now))
Haim "The Wire" Days Are Gone
Del Amitri "Kiss This Thing Goodbye" Waking Hours
The Decemberists "Summersong" The Crane Wife
The Raconteurs "Steady As She Goes" Broken Boy Soldier