The UK show is famous for featuring musicians performing acoustic versions of their own songs and one from another artiste.
The 25-year-old Jillian Banks, better known as BANKS, absorbed the 90s hit by the late Aaliyah and redelivered it with her own taste, sound and attitude. She also maintained the essence of the melody even in her dark, broody ways.
Similar to her popular track, Brains, produced by one of LA’s top electronic musician,Shlohmo, she leveraged on her haunting vocals and signature soft quivers in this one.
BANKS, who is signed to Harvest Records in the US and Good Years in the UK, is more popular on SoundCloud than any other platforms. The anti-social media singer has close to 200,000 followers and gets over a million plays per song.
A week ago, she released her music video for Brains and it has since received just over 35,000 views.
Ain’t no mountain high enough for the puny Jamie Cullum it seems. The energetic opener appeared unstoppable on the first day of SingJazz at the Marina Bay Sands’ Mastercard Theatre.
The funny man played a satisfying set that went on for almost two hours and it definitely exceeded our expectations.
The multi-tasker drummed and kicked the piano while jamming on the keys made for an innovative percussive set. He was always jumping about on stage and also climbed the piano at one point, where he almost slipped and fall. The dude was so hyper that the energy had gotten to the audience, who eventually stood up and danced.
When Cullum called everbody to the front for the last 20 mins of the show, many people rushed to the front without hesitation.
His covers of recent hits, “Royals” by Lorde and “XO” by Beyonce, sparked major cheers. However, his cover of Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop The Music” remains a big favourite.
Natalie Cole and her daddy Nat King Cole touched hearts at Singapore Jazz Festival
The one and a half hour set by Natalie Cole (@NatMCole) proved to be the best show at the inaugural Singapore Jazz Festival held along the Marina Bay Sands Boardwalk.
She touched hearts while singing songs like “Unforgettable” with her daddy, the late Nat King Cole — a footage of him was screened on the large LED screen, a recording of his voice amplified for the father-daughter duet. She also made some tear while performing songs sang by friends “who have gone too soon”, like Michael Jackson.
It was surreal to see her perform live in Singapore after all these years. It was harder to believe that she still looks amazing even at 64!