Treated as a true celebration of her career, Samantha Jade’s ‘Best Of My Love Tour’ was a glittery affair of hits, disco throwbacks and fully choreographed moments. The Australian singer-songwriter captured the hearts of the country when she was crowned the winner of The X Factor in 2012 and debuted at number 1 on the Aria Chart with ‘What You’ve Done To Me’. Over the years the songstress has toured the club scene, released her follow up album ‘Nine’, starred in Home And Away, released a cosmetic and lingerie line and even portrayed Kylie Minogue in the INXS tele-movie ‘Never Tears Us Apart’. Her third studio album ‘Best Of My Love’ pays homage to the golden disco era with a collection of your favourite disco tracks from the likes of Cher, Donna Summer, Diana Ross and The BeeGees. To celebrate this release she has headed out on the road for her first extensive tour that sees her playing all across the country and getting up close and personal with her fans.
Her Brisbane date of the tour saw her stopping by the Kedron Wavell Centre for an energetic and vocally impressive show. Kicking off the nights proceedings was The 2016 Voice Australia winner, Alfie Arcuri who nervously took to the silent stage. Powering through a set of covers including ‘Alive’ from Sia, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ from Whitney Houston and ‘Faith’ from George Michael’ he started to slowly win over the crowd. He introduced himself and explained how his journey began with The Voice by performing his audition song ‘Scars’ by James Bay. He kept apologising to the crowd and confessing that they probably didn’t know who he was and it was a little sad to hear. His confidence was shadowed by this fear that the crowd wouldn’t be receptive and it made it a little hard to connect with him. He performed his forthcoming new single ‘Same’ which he admitted was about heartbreak and moving on and it was a very touching and emotive moment. He didn’t perform any of his other original songs like ‘Cruel’, ‘Love Is Love’ or ‘If The Only Knew’ and I was a bit confused to as of why because that would’ve allowed the crowd to get to know him a little more and actually connect with him on a deeper level. But vocally he impressed and his brief but entertaining set was a very intimate snapshot of who he is.
With purple lights casting across the stage and synths and drums announcing her arrival Samantha Jade strutted onstage to the infectious ‘Always’. Joined by a full live band and two backing dancers the songstress powered through fan favourites ‘Shake That’, ‘Sweet Talk’ and ‘Solider’ which she even managed to mash in a sneaky little cover of Destiny Child’s ‘Survivor’. She thanked the crowd for coming to see her on their Friday night and intimately told them about the moment she was asked to portray Kylie Minogue in the INXS tele-movie and how she even got the seal of approval from Kylie herself. She followed this with a flawless cover of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ which really highlighted how strong of a vocalist she actually is. Not many people know that Samantha actually had a mildly successful pop career in the early 2000’s when she was signed to an American record label. So she paid homage to that time in her life with a live performance of her hit single ‘Step Up’ from the accompanying same-titled movie soundtrack. Talk about pure nostalgia!
After a quick costume change she returned to the stage for the disco portion of the evening with the carefree ‘I’m Coming Out’. Getting the whole crowd on their feet she had them rushing to the stage to get up close and personal while she belted out ‘We Are Family’ and ‘I Will Survive’. She perfectly tied this disco homage together with the upbeat lead single ‘Best Of My Love’ before stripping things back for an acoustic session. She reminisced about her X Factor Journey with her audition song ‘Breakeven’ and her epic cover of Kanye West’s ‘Heartless’. She got even more intimate with the a piano cover of Sam Smith ‘I’m Not The Only One’ which had the whole crowd in awe.
Easing back into the upbeat format she delivered a massive Motown medley before her hit singles ‘Up’ and ‘What You’ve Done To Me’ had the whole crowd dancing and singing along in unison. Saying goodnight to the adoring crowd she returned one final time for an energetic performance of ‘Firestarter’ that had the crowd leaving and wanting more. The whole structure of the show was flawlessly executed and allowed her to get up close and intimate and personal with her long-term fans. There was truly something for everyone and perfectly showcased the many sides of her as an artist.
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