- 06 Nov 12
Sultry, slick R&B from hugely talented Mercury nominee...
Dancing in the aisles, a standing ovation and an impromptu slow set moment from one loved-up couple - yep, it's fair to say Jessie Ware's first ever gig is going pretty well.
Having only released her debut album Devotion in August, the Londoner visited these shores the following month for an Arthur's Day performance, but tonight marks the official start of her first ever solo tour. A nerve-wracking prospect? Hells yes. But as Jessie timidly joins her band onstage, the crowd's deafening cheer quickly helps her relax, before she launches into sultry album title track, 'Devotion'.
'Thank you so much!' she squeals, clearly moved by the crowd's rapturous applause; 'So this is what it's like when people actually pay to see you!' Humble, sweet and utterly likeable, Jessie is the (very cool) girl-next-door as she giggles when her mic cuts out, yet absolute stadium-filling minxy diva when she starts to sing. 'Sade by way of J-Lo' as wordsmith wonderwoman Celina Murphy put it when reviewing Devotion (5 stars, might I add) Jessie's voice is effortlessly flawless; reminiscent at times of many of her influences - Whitney, Chaka and Aaliyah to name but a few - but a standalone gem in its own right too.