Emeli Sande, Josh Osho & Saving Grace – Music Hall – 06/04/12
Penguingonemad was there to see Emeli Sande’s much-anticipated sold out `home coming` show at the Music Hall in Aberdeen.
Brit award winner Emeli Sandé made her breathtaking home-coming performance last night at the Music Hall, joined by the talented but grossly under-rated Saving Grace and Josh Osho. The all seated audience were slow to respond to the wealth of talent that was appearing on stage before them, but when they finally did, the atmosphere became palpable.
Unknown duo Saving Grace were first to come on, their soulful acoustic sound making an immediate impression on the audience members who were smart enough to arrive early. The two had a great chemistry with each-other, although this didn’t necessarily transfer to the crowd, with their insanely short three song setlist making it almost impossible for them to interact with them in any sort of meaningful way. However, that being said, I feel as though the beauty of the songs spoke for themselves, as did the honesty of their performance, and although they only played three songs, they made quite an impression on me. They might be unknown just now, but I doubt that this tour will be the last we hear of them.
Next to take the stage was singer-songwriter Josh Osho and his band. Josh is a charmingly talented man, with a style reminiscent of Bruno Mars. The several songs that he played fitted into many different genres of music: acoustic soul, dance, hip hop, folk… there’s a song to fit everyone’s tastes. His vocals cut through the audiences members like a knife, the honesty in his lyrics wounding emotionally in some indescribable way, especially during some of the slower songs on the setlist. When he wasn’t singing or introducing his amazing band, Josh was giving us a small insight into the meanings behind his songs. He seemed very likable and dedicated to his music. Josh finished his set with upcoming single ‘Giants’. Released next month, ‘Giants’ has got Summer written all over it, its undeniably catchy upbeat number with lyrics that are near enough impossible to sing along to, guaranteeing it to be a future hit in the making.
It was only fifteen minutes before the headliner was due to perform that the wave of empty seats in the sold-out venue began to be filled. Emeli Sandé stormed the stage with a fifteen song setlist, performing near enough every song on her debut album ‘Our Version Of Events’ along with ‘Tiger’ and new song ‘Wonder’. The audience were astounded by the beauty of Sandé’s voice and the deep meaning behind her songs, unable to do anything bar silently bob their head and sit in quiet awe. They got a little bit more involved by the time Emeli and her band performed a reggae version of the stunning ‘Where I Sleep’, but it wasn’t until she sang ‘Breaking The Law’ that the Aberdonian crowd truly awoke from its slumber. She begged us to stand up, and we happily obliged. The audience and band joined forces to help spur Emeli on as she sang the first few lines of the song, resulting in a deafening, rhythmic clap that carried on throughout the song. By the time she belted out the last chorus, it became clear that the performance was so epic, it could have easily been used as her finale. However, as the night went on, it was clear that the sheer amount of talent on stage resulted in just about every song being suitable to end the show with.
As Emeli Sandé stood on the stage, laughing and telling us that it felt as though she was performing to a hall full of friends, there was a noticeable glint in her eye. It was a glimpse into a content soul, she followed her dream and found true happiness as a result. There’s something special about witnessing that glint, and feeling as though you’re a small part of why it was there in the first place. She talked to us briefly between songs about the experiences she had in Aberdeen and what the city meant to her. She also touched upon how the patients and their families affected her whilst she was training to become a Doctor, inspiring her to write one of the songs off of her new album. It’s Emeli’s empathy, intelligence and effortless talent that sets her apart from the majority of the artists seen on the charts these days. She doesn’t have the eccentricity of Lady Gaga, nor the array of albums that Rihanna has, but what she does have is heart and soul. You can tell that she puts 100% into her performance and just wants the audience to go home after her gigs with a smile on their faces, something she achieves instantly with catchy new song ‘Wonder’.
The audience evidently didn’t just like her for her personality nor her captivating singles, but truly respected her for her musical talent. ‘Read All About It’ was met with thunderous applause that seemed to stretch on for as long as the song did. Emeli looked appreciative, if not slightly overwhelmed, for this amazing reaction, unable to do anything bar smile at her adoring fans, and laugh at a man who shouted “I love yeh Emeli!”.
Throughout the night, two things managed to take my breath away: Sandé’s flawless vocals, and Jonathan’s amazing drumming ability. Back-up vocalists Katy and Liz harmonised beautifully with Emeli, but when it came to Sandé’s band, Jonathan stole the show. It is his beats and Sandé’s breathtaking voice that immediately set the soulful sound that the performance would be loved for. Finishing with the amazing current single ‘Next To Me’, I think it would be safe to presume that Emeli made us all proud to be called Aberdonian.
Words by penguingonemad and pics by Still Burning.
Emeli Sande Website
Josh Osho Website