Jessie J Shakes Up The Stone Rose in Los Angeles
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 09:03:49
Jessie J has officially arrived to shake things up.
Performing an intimate show at The Sofitel's Stone Rose last night, Jessie J previewed her forthcoming Universal Republic Records/LAVA debut, Who You Are. However, the crowd wasn't simply privy to new tunes from the buzzing English artist; they got a taste of pop's future, and it's a very sweet one at that.
Pop music hasn't had a real rogue like Jessie J in God knows how long. With straight black hair and a beaming smile, she's certainly gorgeous, but she's equally unpredictable musically—and that's where Jessie J's brilliance lies. There's a surprise around every verse or chorus, and that excitement makes these songs instant classics.
Hitting the stage in front of the packed audience, Jessie J announced, "Feel free to dance." There was no other choice once she began her first song "Stand Up." Her voice remained pristine as she bounced from a reggae shake into a divine, inspiring hook. Dancing in the center of the stage, she stirred up palpable energy even amongst the predominantly "industry" on-lookers. In between songs, her light sense of humor maintained the momentum. She laughed, "I love being in L.A. People are mad happy all the time. Thanks for being so happy!"
Watching the show, there were a million reasons to be happy. "Nobody's Perfect" showed another side of Jessie J. It's a smart, sharp tale of saying the wrong thing that builds over a thumping bass line and an orchestral refrain. The singer painted a picture lyrically and belting out the lines with unshakable soul.
Before a transcendent rendition of her spritely "L.O.V.E.", she went on to say, "I've never this live. This could be fun. I love a challenge, baby."
She knocked it out of the park, infusing just the right dose of attitude into the hook and lighting a fire under everyone to get their hands up into the air. For "Mama Knows Best," her theatrical side shone through as she stomped with the grace of a classic noir seductress succinctly with the beat.
Jessie J moved with an entrancing elegance as she began "Who You Are." Explaining the story behind the song, she revealed, "I kind of lost myself. It's very personal. It's about being true to yourself. Don't lose yourself in any situation you're put in, and do the dew…"
She did a lot more than the dew, carrying the song over a gently finger-picked guitar and practically bleeding over every line. It was an honest and powerful moment that showed Jessie J deserves to be one of the biggest stars on the world because she's not afraid to be who she is.
Then of course that sense of humor came back. Before the guitar lead, she smiled, "This is the part where you get your air guitars out. I've been practicing me."
Magnetic, magnificent and meaningful, Jessie J gave the crowd something to ponder and sing along to. With her combo of refined musicality, reggae rhythm, hip hop attitude and rock 'n' roll fire, pop music will never be the same, and the world will "L.O.V.E." everything about Jessie J.
Have you heard Jessie J yet?