She has the soul of Sade and the looks of Elizabeth Taylor. The young Jessie Ware went to school with Jack Peñate and appeared in school musicals alongside Florence Welch. A future in showbusiness surely beckoned. However, Ware chose to study literature instead. When Peñate later invited her on tour as a background vocalist, she redeveloped a taste for performing. Five gold albums later, the London singer-songwriter crowned herself queen of the dancefloor on ‘That! Feels Good!’ (2023). “It’s disco, it’s house. But not as you know them,” wrote a British newspaper. Ware filters the musical heritage of personal heroes such as Chaka Khan and Diana Ross through a modern lens. She works with people who know exactly what they’re doing and what pop music is supposed to be. Party time!