Behind the scenes

Tinie Tempah, Jessie J and Maverick Sabre close the 2011 Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust with an awesome show...

Photography

All images by Yui Mok, Press Association

Tinie Tempah

Double Brit award winning rapper Tinie Tempah played the grand finale, marking his first appearance at Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. The breakout star of 2010, who won two awards at this year’s Brit Awards, played hits from Disc-Overy. The album debuted at number one in October 2010 and includes chart topping singles Pass Out, Written in the Stars, Frisky and Miami 2 Ibiza.

Tinie rose to stardom after joining grime crew Nu Brand Flexx, before becoming a part of Terror Danjah's influential Aftershock collective. However, he decided to go solo in 2005 and saved up £800, to make his own video. Within weeks, Wifey Riddim became the hottest song and video on the underground, sitting at No.1 on the Channel U charts for over 10 weeks.

'Being a teenager can be hard enough at times. But the devastating news that you have cancer is just incomprehensible to me. I have to say that the courage, belief and positivity displayed by these teenagers is astounding and very admirable. It's pretty obvious that what Teenage Cancer Trust do is phenomenal. The help, support and care they give to these young sufferers and their families is amazing and goes a long way in making their lives a lot easier. I can honestly say that I am truly honoured to be part of such a worthy cause.'

Jessie J to support

Fresh from her Critics’ Choice Award Jessie J joined Tinie Tempah's on the 27 March.

This was the first chance to see Jessie J perform hits from her upcoming album Who You Are, including her number one single Price Tag before her own UK tour in April.

Completing the London born line-up was rising star singer songwriter Maverick Sabre.

My soundtrack

JESSIE J


What was the first single/album you bought?

TLC - Crazy Sexy Cool. I always knew that when I was old enough I’d want to try the baggy jeans and the belly top. Look at me now!

Who was the first band you saw live?

I was into musical theatre when I was younger. The first one I think I ever saw was Les Mis!

What music/musician had the biggest influence on you as a teenager?

I grew up listening to a lot of soul/ funk music. I was always a huge fan of diva voices. Whitney was definitely a voice that’s made me want to sing. Lauryn Hill's 'Tricks' inspired me.

In a film about your life – what would be your theme tune?

Who You Are

What music do you find inspiring?

Anything that invokes emotion. Whether it's crying, laughing or anger.

Is there any song or piece of music that gives you comfort?

D Train - You're The One For Me

What song never fails to cheer you up?

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

When you were a teenager, what band did you want to be in and why?

Spice Girls because they were the coolest thing ever. I saw their film five times!

Do you have a favourite album cover/artwork?

Rihanna's Loud is amazing.

Is there a song or album that for you, represents ‘teenage angst’?

The Miss Education of Lauryn Hill.

My soundtrack

TINIE TEMPAH


What was the first single/album you bought?

Kandi- Don't think I'm not, I bought it on cassette!

Who was the first band you saw live?

UB40, It was at a local Festival.. I was very young.

What music/musician had the biggest influence on you as a teenager?

Kanye West he's the one of the most cutting edge and honest musicians of our time. He's always pushing boundaries and talking music to the next level.

In a film about your life – what would be your theme tune?

Wonderman haha

What music do you find inspiring?

More experimental type music, Music that's very daring. I'm feeling really inspired by James Blakes album at the moment.

Is there any song or piece of music that gives you comfort?

Corrine Bailey Rae- Put Your Record On, Duffy- Delayed Devotion anything that's relaxed and chilled out.

What song never fails to cheer you up?

Labrinth- Let the Sunshine.. Works every time!

When you were a teenager, what band did you want to be in and why?

So Solid Crew because I could really relate to Rappers for the first time, It was amazing to hear rappers with British accents who had huge chart success.

Do you have a favourite album cover/artwork?

My most recent favourite one is Vampire Weekend- Contra, who is that mysterious woman?

Is there a song or album that for you, represents ‘teenage angst’?

P!nk- Just like a pill