R1BW Emeli Sandé Review – 27/05/2017

nintchdbpict000327391860.jpgAs a pre-confirmed Emeli Fandé (who says guitarleaves isn’t a funny platform…) I was beyond eager to watch her perform again. Every time I have seen her play live in the past was sensational, and I think her biggest talent (of the many she possesses) is being able to unite an audience through the raw emotion in her music. As I knew would happen, I can proudly say I was not disappointed. She opened with “Heaven” and the crowd went wild. The rest was an ecstatic blur of glittering stage lights and shimmering fireworks dripping liquid amber from a great height. If anyone knows how to get a crowd going it is Emeli Sandé, and she made each track accessible, even the more modern ones such as “Hurts” and “Highs and Lows” which perhaps weren’t as well known to the average attendee were met with riotous encore and a quickly-learned chorus singalong. It was a stunning performance which included in my opinion the most poignant moment of the weekend: after paying a heartfelt tribute to Manchester the screen behind her was illuminated with a Manchester loveheart and she sang “Read All About It, Pt. III” with the voices of twenty-five thousand behind her. Music really is a universal language and it is a moment that will stay with me forever.

guitarleaves Unearthing – Emeli Sandé

EmeliSande-New_608x376I realise that Emeli Sande is not an artist who can be unearthed a great deal, being a seven times platinum singer/songwriter, although Emeli has a few tunes that emerge from before her fame – the tunes which are giving her a feature on guitarleaves Unearthing. For those that don’t know, Emeli Sande (you don’t know just how much the fact I can’t place an accent on the last ‘e’ is annoying me) is my musical icon. She earned her credit and respect in the industry by working tirelessly and writing music so passionate it is relatable to all: not by dancing around a stage hidden in auto-tune sporting crazy outfits. She is also incredible live – what I consider the test of a great musician. The song giving her this blog post is “Kill the Boy”, written before her music was internationally recognised and as such isn’t on her album. It’s beautifully jazzy – more obviously so than her usual songs – and blends harmonies with blues instruments and drums alongside strings.