Jessie Reyez: Singing Comes First, Songwriting Second

With heavy-hitter collaborations that include two tracks on Eminem's album 'Kamikaze,' the creative powerhouse with Colombian roots by way of Toronto says her primary focus is as a performer.

The Recording Academy spoke with Jessie Reyez about what's on her mind, backstage after her performance at Lollapalooza 2018. With many influences and her bicultural background, she puts performing as a singer first, in spite of her growing success as a songwriter. Her most recent collaboration is on two tracks from Eminem's album Kamikaze, on the songs "Nice Guy" and "Good Guy" with a co-write on both. Back in Chicago for Lolla, she has fond memories for the city's Chance The Rapper and King Louie, both of who helped her rise from an unknown. Nostalgic reflections go back to the multi-cultural streets of Toronto, Canada where she spent most of her childhood, as well as thoughts of her parents' native Colombia, but her creative expressions point to surprises ahead.

Jessie Reyez Says She Is A Singer First, Songwriter Second