That’s it; I’m getting a perm. Aside from beautiful hair, Rae Morris has possibly one of the most flawless voices I have ever heard live. Oh, and she’s a really nice person too. Last week she played at the O2 Academy Bristol to around 700 people, all of whom adored her.
Following the release of her first single in 2012, this indie sweetheart has gone from strength to strength supporting Bombay Bicycle Club, as well as featuring as guest vocals on three of the tracks from their album So Long See You Tomorrow. She released her debut album Unguarded at the beginning of the year.
She came out on stage to an excited crowd, who fell silent when she began playing Grow. She spent half of the gig behind her keyboard – but she was captivating to watch. Halfway through she took the mic from the stand and stood in front of the keyboard to perform Up Again (a track she wrote with Clean Bandit) and her energy filled the whole room.
Between songs she took a moment to promote breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel, and told everyone to “go home and check your boobs”, because it “can also be quite fun too, as I’m sure you know.” Someone from the audience shouted “I love you Rae!” and she giggled, responding with an embarrassed thank you, admitting she “doesn’t know how to respond to that yet.” Her inexperience with live gigs is refreshingly honest and relatable, it adds to her charm.
The 14-song set didn’t offer any new material however, suggesting that Morris will be taking a break after her first tour to write new songs.
Finishing off with a slowed down acoustic version of Bombay Bicycle Club track ‘Luna’ on which Morris featured, followed by upbeat ‘Love Again’; it was a truly magical end to a magical gig. After thanking her band, they all stood together and bowed embarrassingly and blushing, like children at a school play. For her talent, she remains so humble and honest. Her success is well deserved.
By Summer Brooks