As the age old adage goes, it takes years to be an overnight success. And, after grinding for almost a decade, newcomer H.E.R is reaping the fruits of her labour – on a global scale.
The soulful R&B maverick has been named Apple Music‘s latest #UpNext star and celebrated the honour with a live concert presentation in London.
That Grape Juice was in attendance and observed brilliance in motion.
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Hosted by Julie Adenuga at the picturesque Porchester Hall, the evening’s regal residence served as a fitting backdrop for this 21-year-old titan of talent.
Prior to taking to the stage, fans were treated to an exclusive documentary short (‘Up Next: Three Chords and the Truth’) which chronicled the rise of the star – who was born Gabi Wilson.
Mobilised by accounts from childhood friends and the managerial team at MBK, the special provided rivetting insight into the narrative of the mysterious name making all the right waves. It honed in on the core anchors of her artistry – passion and purpose. Both of which dripped from H.E.R’s every adlib, belt, and guitar strum upon taking to the stage.
Backed by a full band, the Cali native glided between a pleasantly endless array of crowd-pleasers. Indeed, despite being supported by a duo of dynamite vocalists, super-amped revellers transformed each song into a choir-like performance. Especially during much-loved jams such as ‘Focus’ and ‘Best Part.’ Newer numbers like ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘Fate’ (which interpolated Michael Jackson’s ‘Earth Song’) received an equally rapturous response.
Church was being had, the stage was H.E.R’s pulpit, and the music was the the ultimate sermon.
To watch H.E.R is to watch an artist on the cusp of greatness. And with a debut album still incoming, last night whet our appetites for its manifestation.
H.E.R’s latest extended play, ‘I Used To Know Her [Part 2],’ is out now!
Up Next: Three Chords and the Truth’ is available to watch on Apple Music