To picture Kerrianne Covell working in a shoe shop – as fans know she did before deciding to focus on her music full-time – is akin to imagining Simon Cowell as a greased-up car mechanic. It’s an image that just doesn’t fit.
This ultra-talented 24-year-old singer was born to grace the stage, that much is clear.
And a packed-to-the-rafters Manor House pub in Maltby, Middlesbrough, yesterday, just showed the strength of love that’s out there for pocket rocket Kerrianne.
Bringing down the house with her own versions of songs from a wide range of genres – from the easy listening Corinne Bailey Rae hit Put Your Records On to the more up-tempo full-band version of Mary Mary’s Shackles which you couldn’t help but dance to – Kerrianne showed her vocal skills hold no limitations.
The evening kicked off to a brilliant start as support act Bre Musiq opened the show with his soulful sound. Bre always brings bucketfuls of energy to the stage. The audience was instantly drawn in as he opened with his version of Stevie Wonder’s Superstition, and Bre also showed off his talent in the songwriting department when he sang original tune Beautiful.
My own personal favourite from Kerrianne’s set has to be Son of a Preacher Man – a song I feel suits her style and voice to perfection.
Fellow RU: Listening artist Josh Daniel joined Kerrianne on stage for the final few songs, and with a throwback feel to all those perfectly-matched duets out there, the likes of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s Endless Love, the two performed their own duet of Nick Jonas’ Jealous. Not only are their two voices perfectly suited, but the chemistry of their good frienship shines through when this talented pair are on stage together.
The end of the night left the audience baying for more as the pair were joined again by Bre as well as female soloists Abi Garrido and Boo for a fun and funky rendition of Uptown Funk that turned into a mega jamming session that the audience clearly enjoyed as much as the artists.
Among those in the audience on the night was RU: Listening boss Richard Upshall, who tweeted what everyone was thinking: “Every now and then you just gotta go for it and they did tonight”.
— Richard Upshall (@richardupshall) June 26, 2015
My only “criticism” – if you can call it that – is that Kerrianne’s is a voice made for a big arena. A pub setting just doesn’t quite allow her powerful vocals the room they deserve. But no fear – anyone who’s seen her perform will agree that there’s no doubt that’s exactly where she’ll be in the very near future.