"I love melodies and I can sing with passion."
After her critically acclaimed first album, 'Devotion,' pop singer Jessie Ware is back with her second album 'Tough Love.'
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Ware's first album was an instant hit amongst critics and fans, and with sophomore albums generally falling into the category of flops, Ware has been able to pull out a a newer crisper album than her first one previously considered to be.
Ware says that, despite having a journalist for a father, writing doesn't come naturally to her.
"I love melodies and I can sing with passion," Ware tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "But words don't come that easy to me. And so that's why, kind of, I didn't want to be a journalist. 'Cause I just didn't think I was a very good writer. And, ironically, now I am a songwriter."
It's a turn that Ware says still surprises her.
"I didn't know that it was going to be my career," Ware says. "And I still think I've got a lot to learn, but I'm trying my best. I'm enjoying it. And hopefully people seem to relate to my songs, so maybe I'm doing something right."
Ware even admitted that she felt reluctant to become and singer -- and after doing so she wasn't even sure if fans would enjoy the style was presenting to them.
"I didn't know if anyone was going to like it," she recalls of her early music. "But after two years of touring under my belt, singing every night, I was like, 'I'm ready to show more of myself.' I probably wouldn't have been able to do that on the first record. Now, I let it rip: It's like a therapy session."
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Before her music took off, Ware worked as a sports journalist for London's The Jewish Chronicle, until a collaboration with electronic producer SBTRKT, 2010's Friday-night-ready "Nervous," led to a recording deal and backup vocal work for Florence & The Machine.