As you might have seen in my most recent Backstage Blog, I had the chance to catch four different The Voice artists over two nights in Los Angeles this week. On Monday night, Season 2′s Karla Davis and Pip from Team Adam joined Team Christina’s Lindsey Pavao at The Mint. What followed was a fairly informal, hilarious and heartwarming show that included quality tunes, good-natured flubs and talk about condiments.
This was a chance for Voice fans to hear all three artists’ original music, and also to chat with them, as they paused the show midway through the evening to take questions. They couldn’t have been more affable or relaxed, freely willing to admit when they didn’t entirely know a song they were trying to play, or to laugh when they messed one up – Lindsey has now introduced the phrase “I’ll be your plastic” into the Voice fan lexicon. As much as I enjoyed the music, it was equally as entertaining just to watch these three play off each other.
Karla played several songs off her new album 360 and Pip performed his new single “Who Cares,” the first time he’d ever done so live. They also performed some covers: Karla did Adam Levine proud with her versions of “Moves Like Jagger” and “Payphone,” Pip sung John Mayer’s “Why Georgia,” and Lindsey put a whole new spin on David Guetta’s “Titanium.”
If that wasn’t enough for you, fellow alum Katrina Parker and current Team Cee Lo member Daniel Rosa were in attendance, and both were cajoled into coming on stage to perform. Katrina gave us a fantastic rendition of her live-show hit “Killing Me Softly,” while Daniel joined Lindsey on “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Between the Voice alumni onstage and the fans in the audience, this was one big family gathering that I’m glad to have been a part of.
For my photos from The Mint, click here to visit the concert album on the Big Red Chairs Facebook page.
On Tuesday, Season 1′s Rebecca Loebe celebrated the release of her new album Circus Heart. (You can download the album right here on iTunes.) While it was a treat to hear her perform the song that earned her a spot on Team Adam – Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” – the night was devoted to her original material, and between great music and her winning personality, Rebecca put on a more entertaining show by herself than some entire bands. If your only exposure to her is from The Voice, you haven’t seen an eighth of how talented she is.
You get a real sense of Rebecca when you’re at one of her shows. Not only did I enjoy hearing her play one of my favorite songs from the album, “The Chicago Kid”, but I loved hearing the story that led to her writing the song. I enjoyed her anecdotes about her career and how she came to be on The Voice (I laughed out loud when she talked about performing for “celebrity furniture”). And I got surprisingly choked up when she performed “Georgia”.
What I appreciate most about Rebecca is that she’s so genuine; the woman I had coffee with before the show was the same one on stage. A little over a year ago, it was spending time with Rebecca and the other artists from Season 1 that opened my eyes to what music can do. Watching her play on Tuesday night, I felt that same sense of wonder all over again.
Last month, Rebecca chatted with me about Circus Heart and her career after The Voice. “I’m really excited to release a new album,” she said. “I’m really grateful to the fans that supported me. I was just really floored by how many people all over the world participated in it. It’s really moving.” You can read the full interview with Rebecca by clicking here.
For my photos from Hotel Cafe, click here to visit the concert album on the Big Red Chairs Facebook page. And for other future tour dates from your favorite The Voice artists, pop on over to the Concert Calendar.