Monday, 29 July 2013

MIGUEL @ Reggae Sumfest 2013: An R&B hot shot sizzles at Catherine Hall

SINGING SENSATION: The R&B phenom hits a high note during his performance.

If stagecraft is something Miguel picked up from the likes of idols Prince and Usher, then he's certainly managed to put his own unique spin on things, as evidenced on International Night 2 at last weekend's Reggae Sumfest. 

With his powerful pipes on full blast, coupled with an involving case of showmanship, the rising American singer was a study in vigour and supremely confident delivery on the Sumfest mainstage Saturday night, as he belted out such tunes as "You Can Bet That" and "All I Want Is You" -- sounding like R&B's falsetto king and making light work of the mic stand before launching into a rhythmic soft rock routine with the sly "And I Can't Wait." "Let me show you how to touch me," he teased his attentive, appreciative females. "I can teach you." 

Outfitted in a black tee, ripped-at-the-knees blue jeans, and his trademark pompadour, the star's hip-hop-spiked renditions of "How Many Drinks?" and "Power Trip" followed. So, too, did a sprightly take on Bob Marley's "Stir It Up" and the self-explanatory "Quickie", each well received. Still, it wasn't until the megahit "Adorn" was delivered that Miguel's connection with the massive Catherine Hall audience truly took root. With its brassy, big-band sound, the song sounds even more terrific live -- a compliment duly earned by the singer himself. 

In short, like Usher and Chris Brown a few years ago, Miguel gave a pretty solid showing on the Sumfest mainstage, and it speaks volumes of not only his outsize talent but also his brightly promising future.

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