Jessie J Does NOT Disappoint at OUTLOUD Raising Voices Music Festival Thoughts+Photos: Jessie J @ OUTLOUD RAISING VOICES FEST IN WEHO 6/4/22
LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… I was a relatively late bloomer when it comes to Jessie J’s music. In fact, it took her single “Bang Bang” off her third studio album to make pay attention. Holy cow. I remember listening to that single, and saying to myself, “Who is this singer absolutely owning both Nikki and Ariana on this track?” If there’s one thing you can’t deny, it’s that Jessie J’s voice is as powerful and lush as they come. It’s the kind of voice that will make you want to slap any producer upside the head if they even think about adding autotune to it. And with that voice, she ran through a 10-song set that include her hits “Bang Bang”, “Domino”, “Price Tag”, “I Want Love” (which had Jake Wesley Rogers joining her for the performance), “Masterpiece” “Who You Are” and “Do It Like A Dude”.
Even though she’s been relocated to the City of Angels for several years, this was my first time seeing her perform live, and she exceeded each and every expectation that I had. I would find out later on Instagram’s “stories” that, she wasn’t pleased with the sound at the festival, and apologized for perhaps “being out of key or off time or not as present as [she] usually [is]”. She explained that she had to perform from muscle memory and to no music as her in-ears not working correctly.
As a fan of her music, and someone who thinks he knows a thing or two about staying in tune…I can honestly say that Jessie was being way too hard on herself. From the audience, she sounded pretty damn amazing. Also… could she all of the fans singing… or at least trying to sing… along with her every word? Could she see all of the stank faces that were made… myself included… whenever she did some incredible run or belted out a note like she had an endless supply of breath. Could she all of the years that welled up in her fan’s eyes when she sang “Who You Are”? I don’t think anybody in the audience had the faintest idea that there was anything wrong with the sound.
I’d also like to make a point that seeing Jessie J in concert is unbelievably life-affirming. She has just a genial nature on stage, that even amongst a crowd of thousands, it feels like she’s singing her music solely for you. She imparts this unexplainable joy with every line of banter or note she sings … and that’s something special that not all performers have. The ability to allow the love from their heart permeates into the hearts of others. And honestly… even sing a song a whole key off… which she absolutely didn’t do… I think nobody would have given it a second thought.”
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