Each song seemed to surpass the previous one, with marvelous versions of Sammie Jay favorites like Price Tag, Crazy, and Someone Like You. When Sammie sang the Sam Cooke classic, Bring It On Home To Me, accompanied by some stinging guitar riffs by lead guitarist, Joey Morrow, you would have thought that the Universal Five Towers stage was going to explode.
The highpoint of the evening was when the charming British beauty premiered several new tunes from her up-coming CD, Listen To Me. The songs not only were incredible showcases for her signature blend of rock, soul, gospel, pop, and jazz, but also highlighted her sophisticated poetry as a lyricist. Listen To Me, Catch Your Cold, Bubble Bath, and Rich and Famous all deal with subject matter rarely touched on by pop music. Personal songs infused with a strong emotional depth. Catch Your Cold is a particularly sad song about a woman who sacrifices herself to a broken man who is cold as ice, only to discover, that she has caught his cold nature. Then there is the poetic Bubble Bath about a young girl who realizes it is time to leave the comfortable "bubble bath" of living with her parents and to strike out on her own, acknowledging the strength she has been given by her parents love and support. What brings these musical poems to life is Sammie's powerful soulful voice and the elegant multi-dimensional emotions that that voice conveys.
Sammie Jay's five piece band (which included her father, Terry Wren on congo drums) played as if they had been together all of their lives, each song seemed perfectly orchestrated with the band complimenting Sammie's stunning vocals.
After a brief intermission, Sammie Jay took the stage dressed in a red top and premiered a few more great songs from Listen To Me including the lovely Flowers. If you have never seen Sammie Jay on a big stage, you have really missed an amazing experience. She effortlessly moves about the stage, stopping at times to acknowledge an enthusiastic audience, and at others, she breaks your heart with a note so beautiful that you feel that she is singing to only to you.
Her loyal fans knew they had come to a Sammie Jay concert to hear and experience something different, something very special. Sammie never disappointed them, even for a second.
It bears repeating, Sammie Jay ROCKS!
Sammie Jay sings "Rolling in the Deep"
Sammie Jay sings "Bubble Bath"
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