Pop singer Jessie J, vocalist Bobby McFerrin to perform at Sing Jazz

Jessie J, whose real name is Jessica Ellen Cornish, has snagged a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Group Performance for the catchy tune Bang Bang, performed together with singers Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Jessie J, whose real name is Jessica Ellen Cornish, has snagged a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Group Performance for the catchy tune Bang Bang, performed together with singers Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

British pop singer Jessie J, who is behind the hit pop ditty Price Tag, will be headlining next year's Singapore International Jazz Festival (Sing Jazz).

On the unlikely choice of the headliner act, the festival's artistic director David Lyndon Smith says: "She is a pop singer in terms of label and album. But all pop music is inspired by jazz. You will find out, hopefully she says, she will explain what jazz means to her."

Jessie J, whose real name is Jessica Ellen Cornish, has snagged a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Group Performance for the catchy tune Bang Bang, performed together with singers Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

Mr Smith adds: "By having a popular artist like Jessie J, we hope to bring in a new demographic of audience, who may not have the chance to listen to pure jazz."

Since making its debut earlier this year, Sing Jazz is back for a second edition from March 5 to 8 at Marina Bay Sands.

The line-up includes international acts like 10-time Grammy winner and American vocalist Bobby McFerrin, and Singapore's own Jeremy Monteiro and soul-jazz quintet The Steve McQueens.

nggwen@sph.com.sg