Friday, October 1, 2010

Jams of the day: "Don't Let Go" (and a cover song or two)

Artist: Lelia Broussard
Song: "Don't Let Go"
Album: Waiting on the 9
Released: November 18, 2008
Label: Lilyah Music / TuneCore

I saw Allison Weiss, Bess Rogers, and Lelia Broussard @ Garfield Artworks a few nights ago and it was fantastically fun. All three of them have such beautiful voices and are great songwriters. Plus, their live show is so entertaining; they're truly pleased to be onstage playing their songs for an interested audience, and they're so bubbly and personable between their beautiful, emotional songs that you can't help but laugh along with them at their antics. And come on, they knighted someone with a plastic sword and crown!

I was particularly impressed by Lelia's amazingly powerful voice. She completely filled the huge, boxy room inside Garfield Artworks when she belted out some lines, but she could bring it back down to a whisper and make you lean forward in your chair, too. It was mesmerizing. Check out the video below to see what I mean:

Here's the recorded version of that song. I like the acoustic version better; it really lets the voice lead, as it should. Lelia also started to play a cover of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" before she was cut off by Manny enforcing the "strict original music performances only" policy at Garfield Artworks, since he opts not to pay the yearly ASCAP fee. Whatever. However, Bess managed to slip in a country/bluegrass-style cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" earlier in the evening. That was pretty entertaining.

Lelia Broussard:

Waiting on the 9 on eMusic, Amazon, iTunes

Her new album, Masquerade, will be released on November 2. Pre-order here.

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