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I’m pretty much obsessed with this song at the moment. If you don’t know Jessie Ware’s music, you need to fix that immediately! She’s as elegant as Sade or Annie Lennox and I think and hope she will become a huge star! Enjoy a video of “Running” live in New York.
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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.
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Steven Soderbergh and Gina Carano
Film director Steven Soderbergh is a busy man these days. He’s got several films slated to be released in 2012 and the first is “Haywire,” a gritty spy film. I attended the New York premiere and as a bonus the director and star, Gina Carano, were in attendance to talk about the film. “Haywire” is your typical spy film. Aside from some really bad-ass moves by Gina Carano, this is the same type of movie we’ve seen a million times before. I will say that the time passed quickly as usually I get fidgety in films and I think I’ve discovered why – because the synopsis of films are usually one sentence long and it takes two hours to explain that sentence. But I digress. The film is packed with action and there are a few surprises plus, the cast is great (as it features Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas). Last, and certainly not least, athlete Gina Carano is smoking hot in the film. This is her first role and she pulls it off with poise and charm. During the Q&A, you could tell that she was truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with an A-list team and she mentioned that she’s really excited for what the future holds for her. If any of these things I’ve described are your thing, check out “Haywire.”
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Betty White! The actress who has been on so many beloved programs, including the Golden Girls, was born today, January 17. I’m so happy for her that in her late 80s, she’s going stronger than ever! I’ve been fortunate enough to meet the cast of the Golden Girls many times and as you can see above, I’ve met Betty White 6 times! Love her! Hope Betty has a great day and like Muhammad Ali whose birthday is also today, Betty White is always extremely nice, thus also confirming that nice guys (or girls in this case) do finish first. Happy birthday, Betty! Thanks for all the joy you’ve brought us and continue to bring.
Photo by G. Autograph by Muhammad Ali. Photo of the autographed photo by G.
The Greatest, Muhammad Ali turns 70 today. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet the legendary boxer many times and he truly is the greatest! He’s always nice! Muhammad Ali has battled Parkinson’s Disease since 1984 and in spite of the illness, he has always taken the time to shake hands with fans and if he’s not too mobbed, he will chat with you and sign autographs. Such a class act! I hope he has a great birthday and I’d like to thank Muhammad Ali for not only setting the bar for every excellent sports aspiration but for also proving without a doubt that nice guys finish first. Happy birthday!