Sunday saw ‘Lyrically Gifted’ host their Ladies First Event at the Notting Hill Arts Club, a live music showcase in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
As doors opened, the floor became an open mic cypher, artists & the audience going against each other with freestyles as a great way to enter the venue & getting the crowd built up such as female rapper “Tomboysexy” who also started off the live performances.
Luv’Rell, Soul & R&B singer with successes such as her song featuring on BBC3 Radio performed confidently with powerful vocals really lifting the audience
Next was singer/songwriter “Tamiah” delivering fresh tracks straight out of the studio. The singing teacher showed real experience with her vocals and mid tempo souls offerings.
R&B Singer/songwriter “Aleisha Lee”, (previously featured on Tinie Tempah song We Don’t Play No Games & co-wrote ‘Girls Like’.) proved a really versatile talent & brilliantly interactive with the crowd, having them dancing along in no time.
Top 5 international beatboxing champion, the “Maltese Dana Mckeon” used guitar to accompany her songs and beatboxed her way through covers of “One Dance”, TLCs “No Scrubs) & “Let Me Love You” just before giving her own short lesson on beatboxing to the raspberry-blowing audience.
Artist ‘Stush’ was welcomed to the stage enthusiastically showing the old-skool garage crew was in present! She pleased them with a classic, but introduced some new material from a forthcoming EP.
“Monique Lawz” introduced new energy the stage in the form of dancers. Invigorating her tracks “U.F.U” & “Live it up” bringing something really refreshing to the audience.
Not3s appeared with a surprise performance of his commercial chart smash ‘Addison Lee’, just before humoring us by presenting an actual ‘Madison’ from audience at large!
My personal highlight was singer-songwriter Shaé who demonstrated amazing vocal range and “Scatting” skills complimenting her musical blending of hip-hop and RnB. Her adlibs, as well as her jazzy delivery were well received by the stamina-filled crowd who responded encouragingly.
In between the performances hosts, Jay McGregor & Mr Barz took the time to highlight the need for awareness about breast cancer from young people and highlighting male breast cancer, a topic not often publicised.
Ladies First proved a great resource for new talent, a high-energy crowd and a more important than technical excellence or limiting host introductions; it was a really fun time for a good cause and you can’t put a price on that.