LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… It had been a while since the last time I had seen Emma Cole perform live, so getting the chance to see her perform some stripped-down new music at Club Tee Gee was an added treat.
The last time I saw her perform, she was performing music off her last solo EP, the retro-soul/R&B infused If You Don’t Holler, No One Will Hear. It’s a high powered, fierce album and when performed with a full band and cadre of back up singers, the performance elicited the same kind of energy on stage. At Club Tee Gee, Emma’s performance was without a full backing band, as she was only accompanied by a keyboardist (and for one song, accompanied by Lauren Ruth Ward on back up vocals).
The music that Emma performed leaned more laid-back soul than rock and roll or rhythm & blues. I personally thought that the music, and this performance, allowed Emma’s resonant voice to really shine. I also got to see Emma really pour her heart into the longing melodies that she had written.
I’m not sure whether the music Emma performed was written for her solo repertoire or for her new musical endeavor with Gigi Lyn (the duo GMNII), but I’m quite intrigued to hear how she fleshes out the arrangements of these songs. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…”