Review – Chersea and ROYAL Album Release at the Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, Feb 1 2019
– review by Julie Rankin
A crowd of fans, friends, and family joined local artists
Special guest Emily Rowed opened the early show with a
Chersea, AKA Chelsea Laing, was up next. A finalist in the 2015 Peak Performance Project, the local singer performed a selection of upbeat electro-pop from her new album In Limbo. The vocalist, who played guitar on some tracks, was also backed by a drummer, keyboardist and synthesizer. The addition of two trumpets played by the singer and keyboardist Kristy-Lee Audette on “No Waste of Time” was a surprising but welcome addition to the moody track.
Disappointingly, it seemed a number of Chersea fans filtered to the back of the room to chatter after her set, leaving a more sparse crowd on the dance floor for fellow Peak Performance Project finalist (2014), ROYAL.
ROYAL, AKA Jodi Pederson, took the stage in long black gloves and a floor-length, red gown. While her outfit sparkled, it was her voice that truly shone. Backed by three male musicians on guitar, drums, and keyboards, she performed a selection of intense ballads from her new album Heart of Shadows, including the first single, “Vessel”.
Pederson slowed things down with a short acoustic set alongside bassist Nigel Blondeau on guitar. With a timelapse of flowers blooming then dying behind her, the artist sang, “How could something so good turn to black” for the track, “Reminisce”. The evocative tune blends ROYAL’s emotional vocals and a soulful style reminiscent
From the personal lyrics to the on-stage banter, positivity and hope appeared to be the theme of the evening. To close the night the three female artists joined together on the stage to say a final thank you and for a group hug. To take a quote from ROYAL’s facebook page, “Let’s hear it for the girls.”