July 15, 2014 2 comments
“I left my girlfriend for you!” was one of the many adoring things shouted at Janine and the Mixtape last night in NYC at Mercury Lounge. Now this wasn’t New Zealand born Janine’s first NYC show, but it was self-admittedly her most important: It was her first headline show in NYC. Not to mention the very recognizable and reputable record execs and managers that flooded in the room among a congregation of old fans overjoyed to welcome the singer back to our city last night.
In a personal way, it was a very special night for me too. We at MJF have long loved Janine ever since the release of “Bullets” and have been waiting equally long to see her step into a much deserved realm of success. Last night, I got to witness her take that first step in a headline show. Janine introduced herself and it was like she was unable to hide her uncontrollable smile. This sheer joy would continue to emanate from her pores throughout the show as she sang a slew of songs from her effortlessly lush Dark Mind EP. “Hold Me” is already the equivalent of a musical beckoning to come and cuddle but when Janine sings it live, it’s like you can’t help but get lost in the hope of her voice, leaving you daydreaming about the one you wish you would hold you. Or the song that started it all aka “Bullets” that builds and builds until it musically smacks you in the face after that bridge.
As Janine continued with her set that included a cover of Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and a new song where the chorus “walk with me” will leave you ensnared in Janine’s bewitching world where 90’s R&B meets the smoky pipes that reek with the soulfulness of Jessie Ware aka musical BLISS. Janine’s songs pack palpable emotional power on their own — but the way she brings them to life live with instinctual inflections and guttural vigor are only the tip of the iceberg that is her talent. As the singer/songwriter/producer/instrumentalist of her music, she is the solar-power force at the center of it all. And at the end of the show, Janine will give you so many good things to feel and will make it so you don’t forget her name or her music anytime soon.
“I wish my family was here to hear you guys sing,” she confessed at the end of the show. It was so clear this was a moment for her. Truth be told, it was probably a moment for so many people from the execs vying for her, for the fans rooting for her and even for myself getting to witness something so special live. Even better, I took a video of Janine singing “Bullets” below to give you a savory taste of what to expect from a live show. The lesson? Don’t miss Janine And The Mixtape live. And look out for big things (including updates her own music label) from her very very soon… In the meantime don’t miss her latest incredible videos for “Little Bit” or “Hold Me.”