Photos by G.
On January 17, 2013 at a very sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, the audience was treated to a triple bill of awesomeness! The lineup consisted of Swedish electro-pop singer Faye, Youtube sensation and R&B singer Rochelle Jordan and headliner Jessie Ware.
Let’s talk about Jessie Ware. Saying that I loved her performance is putting it mildly. The British singer/songwriter’s music is smooth R&B/pop and her songs are elegant in a similar way to the music of Annie Lennox or Sade. Yeah, I know! In between songs, Jessie Ware told funny stories and most importantly, she told the crowd over and over again how delighted she was to be performing for us and it was a mutual love-fest. Her debut album “Devotion” is not out in the USA yet (tentative release date as of press time April 2013 aka, she will be coming back!), but the audience knew the words to every song. Jessie talked about being at Bowery Ballroom several months ago to see Solange and also mentioned her performance from the night before on Jimmy Fallon. She used that story to segue into the song she performed on Fallon, her single “Wildest Moments.” Not for nothing, the crowd went wild when she performed it. She also performed “Running,” one of my favorites, and a video will be coming soon, so please stay tuned, as well as “No To Love” which featured a bit of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.”
The show began at 8:20 PM with Swedish electro-pop singer Faye taking the stage. Her beats were nice and smooth and she has one hell of a voice. She said that she hadn’t performed in New York in 10 years and that is pretty interesting especially since Faye is only 25 years old. She’s set to release an album in 2013, so keep an eye out for it because I was very taken with her voice.
Rochelle Jordan was up next and she got us warmed up with some smooth R&B grooves. She told the audience she is all about vibing off the audience and based on the crowd reaction, she will likely be bigger than a Youtube sensation, which she mentioned is how she got discovered. She expressed her gratitude to Jessie Ware for being granted the opening slot on Jessie’s current US tour.
Back to Jessie Ware. She took the stage around 10 pm and played for about an hour. She explained that at present moment she does not do encores and kept her word, even though her departure from the stage was the only part of the night where the crowd was not completely ecstatic. The lighting was low deliberately to keep a nice and intimate vibe while Jessie performed the majority of her debut album “Devotion.” It is my opinion that when word gets out about Jessie’s music, she is going to be a massive star. Her songs are all great and her in between song banter makes you want to give her a huge hug because she is a sweetheart! Jessie Ware’s EP “If You’re Never Gonna Move” was released this week in the USA and she celebrated by signing copies after the show. I had met her the day before and she remembered me (you can see a photo after the jump). Thanks again Jessie for two excellent nights and also to Faye and Rochelle Jordan and I hope all of you become international superstars!
See the set list after the jump.