Jessie J tops BBC "Sound of 2011" pop poll

Thu Jan 6, 2011 7:04pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Singer-songwriter Jessie J won the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll on Friday, underlining her credentials as one of the next big things in British pop.

The 22-year-old from Essex, east England, whose real name is Jessica Cornish, has already been named as the Critics' Choice at the BRITs, the country's top pop honors.

The BBC's list is compiled based on the recommendations of over 160 industry figures and journalists and is published in January.

The broadcaster described Jessie J's sound as "a mix of attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads."

Her debut single "Do It Like A Dude" made it into the UK top 30 and she had previously found success as a songwriter, co-writing the Miley Cyrus hit "Party."

"It feels amazing to be accepted on such a broad scale," she said in a statement. "I know I'm doing something right and I've got to keep doing it. It's an honor."

Jessie J began her career on stage with a role in a West End production, and after studying musical theater at the BRIT School secured her first record deal with Gut Records.

Producer-vocalists James Blake and Jamie Woon were at number two and four respectively in the BBC's poll, with rock band The Vaccines at number three and Birmingham singer Clare Maguire at number five.

Previous winners of the poll were Ellie Goulding (2010), Little Boots (2009), Adele (2008), Mika (2007), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006), The Bravery (2005), Keane (2004) and 50 Cent (2003).

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White)