Heartbreak is a motherfucker, why would anyone want to live through that? Why would anyone want to continuously relive such pain, every other night in front of hundreds of people? It takes a very special kind of being to be able to take on such challenge, maybe a brave soul, maybe a hopeless romantic or maybe even a crazy person. Well, we can definitely say that Jessie Reyez has the braveness, that she is particularly romantic and —according to her— isa Loca Colombiana, so that explains so much about what we experienced last night. We had the pleasure to be part of her live set during her Texas tour via Scoremore, and given that I’ve been listening to her music non-stop for a few months, my expectations were shooting pretty high, so the last thing I needed was to feel disappointed with the live performance. But as soon as Jessie took the stage and sang the songs ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Fuck It’, I realized that this wasn’t about putting up a show, it wasn’t about ticket sales or about Nakid Magazine or about the industry. It was all about Jessie’s feelings, like a therapy session where neither the fans or Jessie herself were the therapist, everyone was equally into the feels and everyone was healing each other. Like an equally reciprocating-poetic dance between the young-loyal fans and Jessie’s voice reflecting pure emotion back and forward through the heartbreaking tales of disillusion.
During the middle of the set, Jessie brought out a guitar to play a few stripped-down version of her songs and a couple of covers, in between songs, recordings of Spanish-speaking voicemails from her family echoed so eloquently to showcase her multicultural Colombian and Canadian background. I think many of the Latin immigrants in the crowd, including myself, felt moved by such touch – sniff sniff. Yet the show continued to become a lot more emotional and memorable song by song, with Miss Reyez, the conductor and the storyteller, so honest and fearless breaking down over her acoustic fraction of the show, remembering the lover who didn’t really loved her. Remembering the good and the bad emotions all at once and reflecting them into her voice, a voice sharp like broken glass, so sharpened and polished that they cut through your ears and brain, down your spine and directly into your bones. A sound that was more present during the second to last song of the night — Jessie’s most well-known track ‘Figures’— where we really captured a the idiomatic and truthful essence of the young Colombian-Canadian artist as it’s own entity in such saturated industry. Her album ‘Kiddo’ proved that Jessie’s abilities go beyond what the industry has to offer to her at the moment, although some big projects ahead are set to change that. She is fresh out the studio where she recently recorded an upcoming collaboration with Calvin Harris for his upcoming album ‘Funk Wav Dances’ and is set to perform at the BET Awards over the weekend.
However, after spending a couple of hours under her wing last night, a vibrant and daring thought came to my mind— a thought I fought up until this very moment as I type this post— Jessie Reyez is doing for the upcoming generation what Amy Winehouse did for my generation a decade ago. The proof was all in that room, she was the force that drove these youngsters to embrace and learn from their heartbreaks, thought them is ok to love and to fail at love, that your feelings are yours to bare and no one else’s. So if you think you might be in the market for some new tunes that you can pop a wine bottle open to, to help you and cry a little, heal a little. I encourage you to listen to her story and check out her new album ‘Kiddo’ and catch her live during her American tour.