Jess Glynne

You may already know Jess Glynne from her appearance on Clean Bandit's smash hit "Rather Be," but the talented singer just released her own debut album on August 21st, I Cry When I Laugh, and it features her single "Hold My Hand." 

The whole process of creating her new album took Jess two years, and now that it's finally out, she couldn't be more proud and excited for her fans to hear it.

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Jess Glynne on her new album I Cry When I Laugh:

"All my life, I've dreamt of being an artist, and singing, and having an album sitting on the shelf. And I think there's nothing more fulfilling than seeing my album sitting on the shelf with songs that mean so much to me. More importantly, it's an album I'm so proud of, and so excited about. I love every single song on it."

Jess Glynne

Jess decided to call her album I Cry When I Laugh because she actually does cry when she laughs. The singer tells iHeartRadio that when she giggles, tears stream from her face. 

On the significance of her album title:

"I genuinely do cry when I laugh. I have a weird thing where someone makes me giggle, tears seem to stream from my face. Years ago I just decided if I ever have an album, I wanted it to be a fact about me, and I really wanted to call it I Cry When I Laugh."

All of the songs on Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh, are very personal, and she tells iHeartRadio that each track has a story behind it. "It's all about my life experience over the past few years. Every song has that in it and so they're all as personal as each other."

Jess also explained a few of the stories behind the songs on her new album. "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" is particularly special for Jess, because it's about shen she signed her record deal. "It's just about when I signed my record deal, and everything started to happen for me. I was in a pretty dark place, going through a pretty rough breakup, and I was feeling pretty low, but feeling incredibly excited at the same time."

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"Take Me Home" is also a significant song for Jess. She says, "I wrote it when I was also in another dark place, and that was kind of transformed because I wrote it when I was really sad, and then when I went back to it and reworked it. I actually made it a little bit more hopeful. I feel like every song has got the underlying meaning of hope and feeling positive in it."

"Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" came about after talking about her personal journey to writer Wayne Hector. Jess tells iHeartRadio:

"I wrote this song with Wayne Hector, and we were talking about everything I'd been through. It was kind of like we were getting to know each other, I was telling him my journey in a way. When I started my career in the industry, and I met everyone, I was going through a really hard time, and through quite a sad break-up. I was feeling really low. Writing 'Don't be so hard' was after I learned that I didn't need to be so hard on myself, and I didn't need to make myself suffer. I think that's where the 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' title comes from. We all suffer, we all go through hard times, but at the end of the day we don't have to beat ourselves up about it. That's the inspiration behind it."

You can also listen to her single "Hold My Hand," which has been remixed by DJs like Chris Lake, Le Youth, and MJ Cole.

Jess Glynne

There are two collaborations included on I Cry When I Laugh. One is her chart-topping hit with Clean Bandit, "Rather Be," and the other features Emeli Sandé. In fact, her and Emeli wrote "Saddest Vanilla" together after grabbing a bite to eat.

On working with Emeli Sandé on their collab, "Saddest Vanilla":

"Working with Emeli Sandé was such a pleasure. It was such a special day, and it was so refreshing to work with such a humble, talented person. She's such a beautiful spirit. Writing 'Saddest Vanilla' was so unexpected. We went for food, and chilled, and got to know each other. We went to the studio, and just mucked around with the music with Naughty Boy. Then she sat at the piano, and we kind of played around, and sang, and did all sorts of crazy things, but in such jest. It turned out to be such an amazing record that we created. She was just such a joy to work with, and I'm so grateful to have her on my album."

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