Every so often you get a chance to experience an artist in the early stages of a career. Thus is the case of British singer/songwriter Jessie Ware. Touring in support of her debut album, the stylistic performer launches her first U.S. tour in January.
Ware may not have a lot of recordings to her credit, but what she does have is pure gold. Her first album, Devotion (PMR/Island), is already a critics’ favorite. Mixing R&B with electronic music, the album reached the Top 5 on Britain’s music chart and is a shortlisted nominee for this year’s Mercury Prize for album of the year.
Ware’s inaugural U.S. tour is an East Coast/West Coast excursion taking place over the course of 10 days. Here’s the routing:
Jan. 14 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair
Jan. 15 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
Jan. 17 – New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
Jan. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa., Union Transfer
Jan. 23 – Los Angeles, Calif., El Rey Theatre
Jan. 24 – San Francisco, Calif., Rickshaw Stop
While the above dates represent Ware’s first tour of the U.S., the shows do not mark her first appearances in this country. Ware will play a showcase in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater Dec. 13. A New York City showcase is also planned for December.
Ware has an EP coming out shortly before the U.S. January run. Called 110% after the first single from Devotion, the EP arrives physically and digitally via Interscope in December.
Tickets for Cambridge and New York City go on sale Dec. 19, Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre Oct. 20. Visit JessieWare.com for more information.