UK Singer Jessie Ware Brings ‘Devotion’ to North America

U.K. singer Jessie Ware played a handful of U.S. shows earlier this year, but she’s coming back this fall for a more extensive trek around the country.

The tour will begin with a trio of consecutive Texas dates in Dallas, Austin and Houston on October 17, 18, and 19, respectively. Ware will then remain on the road through a November 22 show at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. Other stops include New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

Ware released her solo debut, Devotion, in the U.K. in August of last year, though the album didn’t come out in the U.S. until April 2013. Her story has become well documented in the U.S. as she has become more well-known, particularly after the album release garnered a ton of critical acclaim.

Ware is good friends with Adele and Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine, but had all but abandoned her own dreams of a musical career. In recent years she began singing backup for a variety of English acts while working at a television production company. Eventually, she had too many gigs to continue working her day job.

“I had to quit my job because I had no holiday left,” she told the Associated Press in an interview earlier this year. She then began touring on her own and eventually recorded and released Devotion, which she says is inspired by a wide variety of influences, from Dusty Springfield and Billie Holiday to Missy Elliot and Lauryn Hill.

“It’s a bit of everything,” she explained of her sound. “I got kind of greedy and I tried to put everything in there from folk to pop to soul, hip-hop.”

Ware is spending her time before the fall U.S. tour appearing at a variety of festivals around the world.