I’ve waited a good year to see British ingenue Jess Glynne grace the stage and I feel privileged to have experienced her very first New York show at Bowery Ballroom. And it turned out to be the best show I’ve seen this year. Opening with fresh single ‘Ain’t Got Far to Go,’ it was evident you didn’t need to go far to see the talent beaming off the stage. She’s best known as the powerful vocalist on a couple Clean Bandit songs which she performed next: ‘Real Love’ and ‘Rather Be.’
From there it was the Jess Glynne show as she showcased songs off her debut solo album, I Cry When I Laugh, including ‘Gave Me Something,’ ‘Why Me’ and ‘Take Me Home.’ If you’re an astute observer, you may say her sound and style sits next to fellow Brits Paloma Faith, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes and Gin Wigmore. All of these ladies were influenced by the great Amy Winehouse. A highlight of the show was her cover of Amy’s ‘Tears Dry On Their Own,’ one of my favorites by the late wunderkind. I also loved the stripped down version of ‘My Love,’ an earlier collaboration she did with Route 94.
She closed the night by taking us to church with her latest single ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ as the packed house sang in unison with the almighty Glynne in the pulpit. She closed the night with more group sing and dance on ‘Hold My Hand.’ Some of the best energy and fun I’ve had at a concert in a long time. It was one of those shows that reminded me how fortunate I am to live in New York and experience gigs like this for a mere $15. You can’t beat it.