We interviewed Kiesza earlier in September, and on the 30th we closed the month out by seeing her perform live for the first time. The show, at The TLA, was one we’d been looking forward to even before we spoke with the Canadian pop-star via phone.
The wasn’t a huge crowd on hand when we arrived just prior to her set, but what was clear is that those in attendance were highly anticipating the performance. When Kiesza, flanked by her band and dancers, hit the stage just after 930pm, cheers abounded.
Opening with “No Enemiesz” she immediately busted out into a choreographed dance routine, something she had assured us there would be plenty of during her show. Fairly new to the music scene (as a solo performer), Kiesza doesn’t have a large catalog currently, but that didn’t stop her for singing and dancing her heart out during the brief, albeit energetic performance.
Mixing in some new songs off of her forthcoming debut album ‘Sound of a Woman’, with some tasty covers of 80’s and 90’s classics (Bel Biv Devoe’s ‘Poison’, Haddaway’s ‘What Is Love?’, and Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’) she ran the gamut from up-tempo dance to stripped down, hauntingly beautiful vocals.
Not surprisingly, she ended the night on her biggest hit to date ‘Hideaway’. We’re looking forward to what Kiesza has in store for her next trip to Philly as well as the new music she’ll be releasing in the very near future.
[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]
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