Most of you probably haven’t heard of Andra Day yet. You will. That’s for damn sure.
I’m not sure when Andra last played New York, but her set at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night helped her cement her reputation as one of the premiere new talents and impressionable voices stepping into the spotlight in 2015. Combining a powerful mixture of soul, R&B, gospel, and pop, Andra’s sound brings the spirit of jazz and R&B back to pop that died with Amy Winehouse. While she displayed her incredible range and power with her vocals, it was also her charisma and laid back enjoyment of performing that caught everyone at LPR to watch in awe as a the singer strutted her stuff throughout her hour and fifteen minute set.
Riding off the momentum of her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall, Andra’s set consisted of new originals, and some flashy a fun spins of some favorite covers, including Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
It was almost a little intimidating seeing her walk on stage in her white fur coat, but things felt a bit more casual and welcoming at the same time seeing her drink out of her Wonder Woman water bottle and casually playing with the audience in conversation throughout the set. Starting out with more modern sounding “Slip Into My Hair” and “Only Love,” she moved into the very Phil Spector-esque “Don’t Hold My Hand” and “Forever Mine” before making the entire room watch and listen in absolute awe as she sang the momentous “Rise Up.”
After closing out with “Goodbye Goodnight” and “Cheers to the Fall,” there’s not much else that the audience could’ve experienced that would’ve topped her mesmerizing vocal performance of the night. Congratulations Miss Day, you’ve won New York City, now it’s time for you to take over the world.
Article: Tom Shackleford
Photos: Lesley Keller