Jessie Reyez Takes Us On First Date At Outside Lands The Talented Singer Songwriter Reveals Her Soul To San Fransisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-
“… The one and only, Day 2, non-main stage performance I was able to catch was that from the singer songwriter Jessie Reyez.
Jessie released her first EP, Kiddo, in 2017, but I didn’t catch wind of her music until I’d read that she had been awarded a Juno Award for “Breakthrough Artist” earlier this year. When I started to delve into her history and her recordings, I was immediately drawn to her powerful track about infidelity and how to cope with it: “Figures”. But it was was her song (and short film), “Gatekeepers”) that really amazed me.
As she’s a relatively new artist, she used her time on stage to really let the audience know who she was and what she’s been through. When she wasn’t pouring out her emotions through song, she was giving the audience brief histories of the songs that she was performing. It was like she was treating this performance like a first date, and we were all hanging on over word and note that came out of her mouth.
She talked about inclusive nature of love before getting the audience to shout, “Love who we want to love.” Before performing her song “Sola” she talked about her life as a child of an immigrant. She talked about the scumbag producer who told her she needed to “suck a d*ck for a deal” before getting into “Gatekeeper” After finishing “Gatekeeper”, she stated that, “The “Me Too” movement is not f*cking new.”
The whole performance was drenched in emotion, and those emotions manifested itself physically as Jessie wiped away a legitimate tear from her cheek. “Don’t fuck up a prayer,” Jessie urged, “Don’t be a hero. Cry for a day. Move forward.” Jessie is a strong woman, and her early afternoon performance at Outside Lands was 100% about self-empowerment, and self-expression, letting the audience get an unfiltered an true look at an artist who’s got all the potential in the world …”