Last week I was lucky enough to attend the James Arthur concert at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.
There’s nothing like being in the room when an artist plays their first gig in a city and experiencing James Arthur’s first Los Angeles show was a magically-inspiring experience. Armed with a keyboardist by his side and a guitar on his lap, James Arthur gave the audience an hour of beautifully-personal music. Though his vocals started out with the nerves stuck in his throat, as the night when on you could feel the moment he started getting comfortable. Whether it was asking an audience member to not sing as loud (she was louder than him), sharing an anecdote about his sister or joking about sliding into Ariana Grande’s DM’s; the truth is James Arthur belongs on a stage.
He kicked off the show with “Prisoner”, moved into “Safe Inside”, broke my heart with “Can I Be Him”, had me falling in love with his version of Ariana Grande’s “Into You”, got me dancing when he transitioned into the chorus to R, Kelly’s “Ignition” and left me wanting more when he closed out the show with “Say You Won’t Let Go”.
One hour was not enough! I praised his album and spoke of the emotion within the songs when Back From The Edge was first released, but nothing compares to being in the same room as him when he performs. How is it that someone can so easily break your heart and somehow put you back together all within one hour?
I urge you- no, I demand that you go out of your way to listen to James Arthur. He just left, yet I already can’t wait for him to come back and do another show in Los Angeles. Listen to his music, feel with him and heal with him; I promise you won’t regret it.