Last week I had the pleasure of attending Relish‘s #UpCloseLive series featuring Philly R&B songstress Jade Alston. The event was hosted by media personality Sincerely Syreeta, and not only did I get my life to Jade’s soulful vocals (she was giving me all types of Toni Braxton sultriness), but the thought that R&B may finally be making a comeback had me even more impressed. For the record, Jade Alston is not your average chick that can hold a tune trying to come up. She’s a studied artist, stand out vocalist, and dope songwriter. On top of that, though she’s beautiful – her image comes with a touch of class that’s been lacking in the game. Her talent is what gets your attention – not her ass. And that makes me all the more happy to see her winning.
Jade has been making quite a name for herself over the last couple years. She just got off tour with Marsha Ambrosious, and decided to test out her new material in Relish’s intimate setting. Her band, The Huddle, opened up the show with a refreshing alternative sound. Then Jade got started with a few songs from her hit mixtape Single On a Saturday Night, including “Missing You Lately” and “Searching”.
She took us on a trip back in time with a melody of songs paying homage to legends like Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke, and the night ended with an on-stage interview led by Sincerely Syreeta. Jade’s lush vocals proved that she’s destined to fill the hollow of R&B’s voids. And with her image, she’s even more of a stand out from so many of the over-sexed and over-hyped chicks in the biz. Check out a few photos and a clip of her performance below.