On the mend after surgery last month, the singer opens up about her new single "Sorry to Interrupt" – and wanting to become a mom!
Jessie J‘s career is still “Burnin’ Up.”
Her “Bang Bang” video is up for an MTV VMA next month, she recorded a song for this summer’s smash Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, she’s a coach on The Voice Australia – and now she’s back with another single!
On Friday, the powerhouse vocalist, 27, Jhené Aiko and Rixton released their new single “Sorry to Interrupt” and joined up in San Francisco for a pop-up concert as part of Pop-Tarts’ Crazy Good Summer program.
PEOPLE jumped on the phone with the Brit before she took the stage to catch up on her health (she’s on the mend after undergoing surgery last month for an undisclosed condition), her love life (things are solid with Grammy-winning boyfriend Luke James) – and her future (a baby?!).
You had to take a little time off, but you’ve been back performing for a bit now – how does it feel to be back at it?
We canceled three shows and I had two operations that week, so it feels great. It feels good. Every show I’ve done this year has been amazing; it’s kind of the icing on the cake.
How are you feeling now, health-wise?
Yeah, I feel good.
Congrats on your VMA nomination for ”Bang Bang”! The song’s been out a year now; how crazy is it that it’s still seeing this success?
You can never guarantee a reaction. You can do a song that you didn’t ever think would do that well, and it happens overnight. “Bang Bang” was recorded and made the first single and released within a few weeks of [Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande] recording it, and it was No. 1 when we shot the video, so it was a whirlwind, but I felt very lucky to be a part of it, you know? I feel very honored that I could share my voice like that, with the world. There’s not many loud singers left, so I have to represent. Every time it comes on, I never get bored of it. That’s a really good song.
On The Voice now, what is it you love so much about fostering young talent?
To be honest with you, I don’t see myself as any different from the contestants. I’m still a contestant in the industry: The industry is a show; it is a game; it’s somewhere that you learn something new about yourself and something you want to forget about yourself every day, and I suppose the artists that audition on The Voice are just at a stage in their career. For me, I don’t see myself any different. I just share my passion, my education, my sacrifice, my knowledge, my growth, my experience with them, and if it can help them in any way, then that to me is what a coach is: It’s about imparting something that someone else hasn’t experienced. They want to experience what I’m getting to experience, so I actually learn a lot from them as well. For me, the most exciting part of my career was the come-up, it was the hustle, it was the new things and experiencing everything for the first time. That’s the bit I enjoyed the most. So I kind of relive that with them, and I love that.
You’ve done a lot with your music, you’ve stepped into TV a bit with The Voice – what haven’t you done yet that you’d like to?
Have a baby – not today! [laughs] But that’s something that I hope that I’m blessed with in my life. I would love to build a school in Africa. I would love to write a book. My first-ever film that I’ve done is gonna be announced soon. I’m not allowed to talk about it yet, but I’ve done a film. There’s loads of things I wanna do. A cookbook I want to be able to run for longer than 10 seconds. Yeah. And just keep writing great music. That’s it.
You share a lot of photos of your boyfriend on Instagram – was he a big part of your support group during your recovery?
If I said no, what would you write? Of course he was! He’s my boyfriend; of course he was, yeah. I wouldn’t be with someone if he didn’t support me in those times, you know?