Since the drop of her third album Sweet Talker, Jessie J has been one busy performer. Released in October 2014, Jessie has been making live appearances, and launched the Sweet Talk Tour in January 2015 to promote the album internationally. Sweet Talker has been “burnin’ up” the charts and includes the mega-international hit, “Bang, Bang” featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. With sell-out tour dates spanning across the UK, Asia, Europe, and North America, Jessie made one of her North American stops at the famed Métropolis in Montréal. Regarded and ranked as one of the 100 best rock concert venues, it was a pretty great place to catch Jessie J in action.
With high energy, Jessie hit the stage clad in black boots, black shorts, black mini top, and a sheer black tank that had “Montreal” printed across it. Jessie’s outfit was only complimented by a single splash of color, her newly altered blue/green-ish inspired hair color. Known to constantly switch up her hair styles, if it isn’t her real hair, then it’s a damn good wig. The crowd was completely into her presence and performance from start to finish. A broad audience ranging from young teenagers, to a slightly more mature adult ate up every move and note Jessie made.
Amid a busy set-list with tons of Jessie’s well known hits and fan favorites, it was a show stopping performance of the Whitney Houston classic, “I Have Nothing” that allowed Jessie to relax, show off her vocal skills, and impress the audience. Fans went absolutely crazy for everything Jessie J including some of her biggest hits; “Bang Bang,” “Price Tag,” and “Domino.” Jessie’s 17 song set list also included; “Ain’t Been Done,” “Masterpiece,” “Sexy Lady,” “Do It Like a Dude,” “Seal Me With a Kiss,” “Burnin’ Up,” “Abracadabra,” “Laserlight,” “Keep Us Together,” “Sweet Talker,” “You Don’t Really Know Me,” “Who You Are,” and “Personal.”
When you are a fast paced, well loved, and energetic headliner it is often difficult to choose the appropriate opening act to get your crowd ready. Selected for the Canadian dates on the Sweet Talk Tour, Andee was more than the perfect selection. Released in 2014, “Never Gone” and “Sorries” bounced around the charts and gained Andee the attention of many fans. Performing in French and English, Andee was featured on the bilingual versions of the Hedley hit “Kiss You Inside Out,” and the Shawn Desman single “Dum Da Dum.” In late 2014, Andee joined Demi Lovato as an opener for the Canadian stops on the Demi World Tour.
Andee literally “rocked” her six song set. Belting out a fantastic version of the Ed Sheeran smash, “Thinking Out Loud” revved up the entire audience. With her debut album Black and White Heart set to release on 26 May 2015, Andee served up a taste of what fans should expect to hear once it hits online and in store retailers. “If You Want Me/Bit O’ Love,” “Never Gone,” “Black and White Heart,” “Sorries,” and “Gimmie Shelter” all gained a heavy and positive reaction from the audience. Andee had the crowd on their feet and screaming for more. At the young age of 24, Andee possess a voice that is hard to achieve for some of the most seasoned performers. With her debut album about to release, I am sure that this isn’t the last we will be hearing about Andee.
The Métropolis is a great venue, and was perfect to house these two powerful female performers. As Jessie embarks onto the United States before heading back to Europe, be sure to check out Jessie’s website for tour dates and venues. With the May 26 fast approaching, connect with Andee and keep your eyes and ears out for Black and White Heart.