Hot time, Estelle is in the city
Posted on 1 May 2008 by Bethany Waggoner
The other week I got a peek at a dank new artist who is hitting the American hip-hop/R&B scene fast and hard. I went out to Amos’ Southend after work April 23rd and was very satisfied with my investment in tickets for the Bailey’s Get Together Estelle Show hosted by John Legend.
I won’t lie–I had no idea what kind of night I was in for, but I figured anything backed by John Legend was going to be a helluva show. I was right. Estelle is one of those genuinely amazing artists that make everything look so freakin’ easy. Genuine talent. Genuine passion. Genuine star quality. She kept the music and banter real, and kept her audience happy with a blend of jazzy hip-hop, London’s urban blues, and R&B grit. Forget skirting the issues of growing up in London’s hoods or of relationships gone wrong. Estelle lays it all out there with the humor and grace of somebody who is grateful for every experience—good and bad.
I was just grateful she rocked it and even more grateful that Mr. Five-Time-Grammy-Award-Winner (a.k.a. John Legend) decided to delight us with a few songs and his best dance moves to boot. Who knew that Mr. Legend could get low?!
It was a great and energetic show, and you’re in luck—her album, “Shine”, drops tomorrow. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Check out pics from the show below, or click here to view them on Flickr.