Photos by G.
Up-and-coming mega-star alert! Wow! Scottish singer Emeli Sande’ performed at a very sold out show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 24, 2012 and in a word, the show was sensational. From the moment Emeli Sande’ (pronounced “Emily San-day”) hit the stage until she left, the audience watched her perform in awe (and silence!) with thunderous applause and cheers after each song. Emeli Sande’ has a powerful voice that has already conquered Europe and she’s about to capture the US as well.
As she took the stage, she was blown away by the warm reception and was almost surprised that we knew who she was, since her debut album will not be out in the US until June. Not only did the audience know who she is, the crowd knew the words to most every song and the crowd went wild every time she introduced the next song. She decided to “introduce” herself to us through an intimate night by playing stripped down versions of her songs. Each song began with the story of what the song was about and how she hopes that her words will connect with audiences. Mission accomplished, Emeli!
Before performing an amazing cover of Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” she mentioned that once lead singer Chris Martin heard her version, she was invited to open for Coldplay on their UK tour and what fun that was. She also performed soon-to-be US hits “Heaven,” “Where I Sleep” (a song about having your place in the world even if you are a globe trotter), “Daddy” (a song about succumbing to temptation even when you know that person is bad for you), and “Breaking the Law” (written for her sister and is about how Emeli will do anything to protect her, if needed – which was one of the sweetest moments of the night, according2g). Before the main set closer “My Kind of Love,” she mentioned that she had studied to become a neurologist before deciding to do something more creative with her life and that the song was inspired by the many people she met in hospital.
For New Yorkers reading this, Emeli is playing Bowery Ballroom in June and do not sleep on getting tickets! They are going to sell out in seconds. And rightfully so. Emeli is amazing!
See the set list after the jump.