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Jessie Ware eased her way into this pop star business - lending her lustrous voice to tracks by underground dance music producers such as SBTRKT and Joker, singing backup on tour with school friend Jack Peñate. But the 28-year-old London singer, who just last year was considering law school, was too good to keep hidden away. Her debut album, "Devotion," released in August in the United Kingdom, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. This week she releases the domestic EP "If You're Never Gonna Move," and she performs Thursday at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop. We spoke with her by phone from her home in England.

Q: So what was the second-best thing that happened to you last year?

A: It was probably when I was at the Mercury Prize - which is this big award here for the best albums of the year. I didn't win, but I managed to sneak my mom and boyfriend in as well as my friends and wear a gorgeous dress. It was amazing to be up for it in my first year of making music.


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