Jess “Spark” Morgan wrote her first song at 7 years old and, by the age of 13, was selling her own songs on CD at Walthamstow Market. Forward to 2013 and we find 21-year-old Spark on tour with Marina and the Diamonds, signed to a label and recording her first album with collaborators including Mike Skinner.
She explains: “The music they had me making just wasn’t me. I felt like a fake when I performed it and it just didn’t feel right. The artists that I grew up with and fell in love with – Eminem, Tracey Chapman, Jay Z, have so much passion in their delivery that you know it’s totally honest”. “And that made me wonder why I was starting my career trying to fulfill someone else’s vision of who I was. It just didn’t make sense.
I wanted to work with people that I could be locked in a room for hours or days and be able to sit, talk, create and somehow bring out the best in each other. When people with a shared passion come together…that’s when the best work is created. Masterpieces. Classics.”“I realised that it doesn’t matter who’s around you, who loves you and supports you, you have to get up and go get it yourself…I’m doing it now. This time I’m not stopping for anyone.”