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Jemma Griffiths (born May 1975, in Penarthmarker, Walesmarker), better known as Jem, is a Welsh singer-songwriter known for her eclectic musical stylings. Her debut album, Finally Woken, includes elements of rock, new wave-styled electronica and trip-hop. Along with electronic producer Guy Sigsworth (Björk, Frou Frou), she wrote the song "Nothing Fails", which was later re-worked by Madonna and appeared on her 2003 American Life album. Her second album Down to Earth was released on 16 September 2008.

Biography

Beginnings

Jem was born in Penarthmarker, Walesmarker, a small town near Cardiffmarker. Her siblings are Chloe, Justin and Georgia; Justin and Georgia provide vocals for the band, Weapons.

Although she began singing and writing songs at age thirteen in Swanseamarker, Wales, she decided to head into law and attended Sussex Universitymarker. However, she spent less time and energy on studies and focused on being a DJ agent, although she did eventually receive a degree in law. There in Brightonmarker, she spent a lot of time promoting club nights, and helped set up and run the specialist breaks label Marine Parade. She has said she "went to class as little as [she] could without being kicked out".

In November 1999, she assembled a mobile recording studio where she further developed her songwriting and music production skills. During this period, she completed four demos that would eventually set up her career in the music industry. From there, she moved to London where she collaborated with Guy Sigsworth, and then to Brooklynmarker to work with Ge-Ology (Mos Def, Talib Kweli). In autumn 2002 she met Yoad Nevo, who became her co-producer.

Career

Jem's solo career began in earnest in 2002, when a demo version of the song "Finally Woken" was played on the Los Angelesmarker radio station, KCRWmarker. The track became one of the most listener-requested songs at the station, landing her in their top 5 played artists, and all prior to any record label being attached. As a result, Bruce Flohr was impressed with her demos that he offered Jem a recording contract onto Dave Matthews' ATO label.

She was subsequently signed to the label ATO and released the moderately successful EP It All Starts Here in autumn 2003, followed by the album Finally Woken in March 2004.

Jem released the single "24" from Finally Woken on 2003 as a limited edition promo single, and then released her debut single, "They", from the same album, which followed the next year in her homeland of the UKmarker, with a separate video. A remix of the song was the first release on her vinyl imprint label CrazyWiseMusic.

Further singles followed in the UK, before she took a gap to write and record a new album. Whilst working on the album, with Lester Mendez, she wrote a song called "Once In Every Lifetime" for the Eragon movie soundtrack. The song, "It's Amazing" from the Sex and the City movie soundtrack is the official first single from her second album, which she has entitled Down To Earth, released on 16 September 2008.

Her music has been featured on numerous television programs such as Damages, The O.C., Desperate Housewives, Wonderfalls, 90210, Six Feet Under, Crossing Jordan, Grey's Anatomy, Medium, and "Wish I" was used as the theme tune to the ITV show, Celebrity Love Island.

Jem performed live at KCRWmarker Radio in 2002 and 2004; WOXY in 2004; Popworld, Glastonburymarker, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festivalmarker, Sasquatch! Music Festival, V Festival, and on Top of the Pops in 2005.

TV shows and films featuring Jem

Song Production Year Where
"Come on Closer" "Closer"

"Las Vegas"

"Life As We Know It"
2004

2006

2004
trailer

unofficial soundtrack

Clip
"Wish I" "Celebrity Love Island"

"Grey's Anatomy" S. 1, Ep. 7
2004

2005
title theme

unofficial soundtrack
"Maybe I'm Amazed" "The OC" 2004 official soundtrack
"Just a Ride" "The OC"

"Monster-in-Law"

"The Prince and Me"

"Grey's Anatomy" S. 2, Ep. 2

"Summerland"

"Shark" S2E03
2004

2005

2005

2005

2004

2007
official soundtrack

official soundtrack

official soundtrack

unofficial soundtrack

"They" "The OC"

"Crossing Jordan"

"Grey's Anatomy" S. 1, Ep. 1

"The X Effect"
2004

2004

2005

2007
unofficial soundtrack

unofficial soundtrack

unofficial soundtrack

title theme
"Save Me" "Grey's Anatomy" S. 1, Ep. 6 2005 unofficial soundtrack
"Flying High" "Wonderfalls" S.1, Ep. 11

"Grey's Anatomy" S. 2, Ep. 20

"One Tree Hill" S. 2, Ep. 15

"Laguna Beach"
2004

2005
unofficial soundtrack
"Amazing Life" "Six Feet Under"

Lexus ES 350
2005

2006
official soundtrack

advert
"24" "Ultraviolet"

"Smallville"

"Center Stage: Turn It Up"
2006

2005

2008
trailer

unofficial soundtrack

unofficial soundtrack
"Once in Every Lifetime" "Eragon" 2006 official soundtrack
"California Sun" "Grey's Anatomy" S. 3, Ep. 22 2007 unofficial soundtrack
"It's Amazing" "Sex and the City: The Movie"

"Medium" S. 5, Ep. 89, 90
2008

2009

official soundtrack

unofficial soundtrack
"Crazy" "Gossip Girl" 2008 unofficial soundtrack
"I Always Knew" "90210" 2008 unofficial soundtrack
"Keep On Walking" "Damages" S. 2, Ep. 13 2009


Discography

Albums

Year Name Charts

UK Albums Chart

U.S.

U.S.


Heat


U.S.


Indie

2004 Finally Woken 6 197 11
2008 Down to Earth
  • Second studio album
  • Released on 16 September, 2008 (US)
  • Labels:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
64 43 4
TBA Upcoming new album


EPs



Singles

Year Single Chart positions Album
UK IRE AUS ITAmarker AUTmarker NDLmarker GERmarker SWEmarker CANmarker US
2005 "They" 6 8 28 31 15 27 45 47 Finally Woken
"Just a Ride" 16 27
"Wish I" 24 27
"24" 98
2008 "It's Amazing" 77 Down to Earth
"Crazy" 97
2009 "And So I Pray"
"I Want You To..."


Various

Song Production Title Year Production Genre
"Just a Ride" Music from the OC: Mix 1 2004 soundtrack
"Maybe I'm Amazed" Music from the OC: Mix 2 2004 soundtrack
"California Sun" Just a Ride 2005 Single
"Amazing Life" Six Feet Under, Vol. 2: Everything Ends 2005 soundtrack
"Easy Way Out" Carmen Rizzo - The Lost Art of the Idle Moment 2005 album
"The Thieves" Weapons 2006 album
"Once in Every Lifetime" Eragon 2006 soundtrack
"Everytime" Vusi Mahlasela - Guiding Star 2007 album
"Ecouter" Carmen Rizzo - Ornament of an Imposter 2008 album
"It's Amazing" Sex and the City: The Movie 2008 soundtrack
"Yellow" Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs 2009 compilation


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