LOS ANGELES, CA-
“… The first artist to hit the stage was Lea Cappelli p/k/a/ “L’FREAQ” and I was impressed. L’FREAQ is a seasoned performer. As a member of the Las Vegas show “27”, channeling the spirit, and voice, of Amy Winehouse, it was clear that L’FREAQ knew how to command the stage and capture an audience’s attention. Her essence was sultry as she navigated the stage while her hands sensually danced around her body as she cooed or belted out melodies. Her stage presence was entrancing.
Like Flavia, L’FREAQ was celebrating the release of her sophomore EP, Showgirl, which was released September 23, 2021, via Position Music. The EP really showcases L’FREAQ’s powerful vocals. Her chest voice is really on display throughout all 5 tracks, and when she belts out the hooks (like on “Take You Down”) it’s hard not to make an approving stank face. While Lea has certainly gained some notoriety for her faithful stage portrayal of Amy Winehouse, that comparison is hardly noticeable throughout this collection of songs. If there was one song that maybe comes has a little hint of Amy, it’s the opening track “Gimmick”, which has just a touch of that Amy phrasing/drawl in the verses.
For the performance, I thought L’FREAQ nailed her vocals. Backed by synths, a drummer, and the occasional mini-horn section, she faithfully presented the bold vocals that are embodied on her EP. While her EP doesn’t have a “slow jam”, she added one to her set; a sexy, downtempo cover of Brittany Spears’ “Toxic”. With the house lights dimmed to match the mood, you could feel the temperature in the room rising.
This was my first time hearing or seeing L’FREAQ perform her music live, and I thought her first impression was solid. A very capable singer, with a captivating presence on stage, is all that I need to get me interested. I’m interested…”
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