Every now and then, a voice comes along that just grabs the attention. You can’t necessarily put your finger on it, but it just connects on some frequency that manages to stir up emotion and feeling like nothing else.
This support slot for headliner Betsy was the second time we had caught London singer-songwriter Sonia Stein live, and on each occasion, her performance was enough to suggest that she will surely be much more widely known by this time next year.
Although fundamentally pop at heart, hers is a soulful, emotive sound, equally suited to the uptempo funky numbers as it is the hushed instrument-light ballads. Highlights of the set included Sixes & Sevens, Lotta U, and latest single Do You Love Me, although to be fair, the all-round strength of her material is clear for all to see and hear after what has been a busy year of working on and releasing new songs for Stein.
In terms of stage persona, Stein is endearing through her quiet, understated presence – a big contrast to the act she was supporting, with Betsy’s larger-than-life approach and constant prowling of the stage throughout her show – and yet there is a distinct confidence in this talented performer. We look forward to hearing a lot more from her over the months to come.
Review & photos: Martin Allen
Sonia Stein – Sixes & Sevens
Sonia Stein – Do You Love Me