James Morrison released his 4th album “Higher Than Here” last year and has recently been on a European tour to present the new material. He shared a strong live sound, bright smile, and a bunch of entertaining stories during a colorful performance at the music hall Vega in Denmark.
First on stage to perform that evening was support artist Kelvin Jones. The young singer/songwriter brought his acoustic guitar along and shared a nice set of songs mixed between his own material from the fresh EP “Stop This Moment” and some fair takes on covers. He made sure to provide the audience with a comfortable mood and convincing live sound. Having the songs “Call You Home” and “Closer” take most attention. I was also happy to spot the mic stand wrapped in some of the decorative paper streamers that I had left around the venue a bit earlier on the same day. A festive touch to an interesting performance.
James Morrison walked on stage about an hour later. He is easily associated with the rusty voice and soft moody songs we all have heard on radio at some point, but during the concert it got clear that he got more than meets the ear. Morrison definitely shared a brighter side to himself as he presented the songs live. The stage was decorated with a frame of light chains and a haze in various strong colors worthy of a fairground. He had made sure to bring his accoustic guitar with him, but the popular songs where also accompanied with a full orchestra and two background singers around him which served a rich soulful sound. Most singalongs followed on his former material such as the well known song “Wonderful World” from the 2006 debut album “Undiscovered”, but the songs “I Need You Tonight” and “Demons” from last years release “Higher Than Here” proves that this singer/songwriter still has it. He expressed a strong connection to the music with energetic moves and made sure to toss the acoustic guitar around a bit. The charming performer also opened up on the stories behind some of the songs he has written through the years, which included a fun Michael Jackson impression. The complete performance was in fact served with a wide smile and there was no doubt that he enjoyed performing for the audience. After the concert I stopped by to have a chat with some of the audience that I had seen waiting in line for several hours prior to the concert and it was sure that they found the concert all worth the long wait.
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Review and Photos by Jules Faurschou | @rockonpoets