Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Live Review - David Gray @ Broad Street Ballroom

Just a few days into the New Year and I had the opportunity to catch one of the world's favorite singers in a private and intimate performance. In a taping for the syndicated show Live from the Artists Den, UK singer-songwriter David Gray played to a crowd of 200 at New York's Broad Street Ballroom on Wall Street. The venue, which looks like a Roman Cathedral was draped in wall to wall sound, with its perfect acoustics, Gray sounded better live than he has on any album. Performing a majority of songs off his latest, Draw the Line, Gray and his band of dapper gents, which look just like him, elevated emotion and hearts on a blistering cold night. In a two hour set, pulling out all the stops from lighting to performance, Gray showed why his massive world tour has been so successful. Indeed he writes a great song, but how into his music he gets is the experience. The intricate noises and sounds he brings forth onto wax from the studio are all articulated with sheer perfection live. In between songs David would talk to the audience and his British charm would come out as well as his shyness, you can tell he has a much better time expressing himself in song than speaking in front of a crowd of strange faces. David Gray Live from the Artists Den will air in the spring, be sure to check it out.