Estelle Shines Chicago

Estelle Shines Chicago's House of Blues
House of Blues - Chicago, IL, USA - February 25, 2009
by Toyin Alaka

Estelle is an entertainer. Her onstage crew consisted of two male backup singers/dancers, a drummer, a bassist and a keyboardist as well as a DJ. She's got an English accent which in itself makes people take notice. I know that it draws people in. She's very at ease with herself on stage and talks to her audience as though she is talking to her best girlfriends. That's exactly how she started her set, she talked to the audience, told them about the song she was about to perform. She performed "So Much Out the Way," "No Substitute Love," "More Than Friends" and "Shine" all from her album Shine. In between talking to her audience, she curses a bit like a sailor, however it's part of her keep it real charm. She's got a certain style that's new and fresh as well as reminiscent of the oldies but goodies, she slides easily from songs on her album to hits by the Temptations and then disco queen CeCe Penniston's "You've Got to Show Me Love" which was mixed surprisingly yet beautifully with her hit "American Boy" driving the audience wild. She even did a cover of Coldplay's "God Put a Smile on My Face." Very diverse, her range is a hip hop vibe with a silky crooning reminiscent of old school mastery.

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