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Tiffany Gouche @ Teragram Ballroom 1/28/17. Shot by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.
Tiffany Gouche @ Teragram Ballroom 1/28/17. Shot by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

When my friend Terrace Martin released “Velvet Portraits” last year, I listened to that album and fell into it’s sonic warmth, enveloping myself in its genre bending styles. “Velvet Portraits” critical acclaim is due in no small part to the phenomenal contributions of musicians that I personally admire (i.e. Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Lala Hathaway, Kamasi Washington, etc.). But there were other names in the liner notes that I was unfamiliar with, causing me to log into Google to perform an internet search. One of those names was Tiffany Gouché.

Her featured performance on “Never Enough” caught me by surprise. Her lush alto voice massaged the melody of that composition so effortlessly that it literally relaxed the taught muscles in my shoulder blades with the first note she sang.

I keep a list of local “new” artists that I should make an effort to see live in my iPhone, Tiffany’s name has been in my phone since April 2016. To my delight, she was scheduled to open for Shy Girls at the Teragram Ballroom.

Tiffany Gouche @ Teragram Ballroom 1/28/17. Setlist.I wasn’t even supposed to attend the concert. Originally, I had one of my contributors scheduled to shoot and review the show, but a last minute production gig came up for her, so I picked up the task myself.

As if it was the first time hearing her voice, I once again was immediately smitten by the soothing timbre of her voice. The deep tones of her voice resonated in my bones, hitting the right frequencies that made some of the peach fuzz on the back of my neck tremble. Her ability to control the movement and dynamics of her voice, combined with the true passion that she emotes with every heartfelt lyric, evoked the kind of feelings I got the first time I saw Jill Scott perform live … and that’s pretty damn impressive.

Tiffany commanded the audience with a cool confidence that demonstrated a level of comfortability any veteran of the stage would exude. In between songs, she would casually chit chat with the audience about her daily life (i.e. getting a haircut), creating a bond that strengthened the personally intimate nature of her performance.  A performance that convinced me that she is a musician that I need to keep an eye (and ear) on.

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