As the Welsh singer/songwriter/producer Jem gears up for the release of her debut album Finally Woken (ATO Records), she is celebrating the release of Madonna's new single "Nothing Fails,"' which Jem co-wrote with acclaimed producer Guy Sigsworth (Bjork, Frou Frou) and Madonna. "Nothing Fails" was recently serviced to radio as Madonna's third single off "American Life."
For an artist on the rise, having co-written a song with Madonna who has topped charts across two decades, sold hundreds of millions of albums, created an enormously influential body of work and stood at the forefront of socially conscious artists worldwide was an amazing experience to say the least.
"When I finally heard the finished song it was the strangest experience," said Jem. "It's not everyday you hear Madonna singing words and melodies you sang into your dictaphone at two in the morning! I really admire her for being so involved in everything she does. The song sounds beautiful."
Guy Sigsworth had just written Madonna's last single 'What It Feels Like For A Girl' when he asked Jem to collaborate with him. Two days into their first writing session together the song "Silly Thing' later to become 'Nothing Fails' was born. This collaboration between Guy, Jem and subsequently Madonna, appears as track six on Madonna's American Life and has been consistently name checked as one of the standout tracks on the album.
Jem is currently enjoying success of her own with her EP "It All Starts Here." It has become the most listener requested CD at the influential Los Angeles-based radio station KCRW with the word spreading and new stations playlisting it daily. Since discovering Jem's enchanting voice in March 2002, KCRW Music Director Nic Harcourt has been spinning Jem's EP on his critically acclaimed show "Morning Becomes Eclectic."
Jem's full-length album Finally Woken is set for release on ATO Records in March 2004.