Natasha Bedingfield at Union Transfer

Natasha Bedingfield performing in Philadelphia at Union Transfer October 2019

When it comes to music that truly impacts each one of us, we all remember the hits of our youth. Almost a decade ago, mine included rocking out to Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ in my bedroom with my bestie (shout out to Liza). Years before that, Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten’ was burning up the airwaves. Fast forward to the current day and all things old are new again, including the first new album in the past nine years from Bedingfield, ‘Roll With Me’.

[Photos by Jen Strogatz]

[Article by Jen Strogatz and David Miller]

In support of the new album, Bedingfield’s current tour rolled into Union Transfer on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The opening act was Jeff LeBlanc, a singer/songwriter from New York who did an admirable job of warming up the sparse crowd early in the evening. He likened the performance to a low-pressure gig because it had more of an at home in your living room vibe to it. While not many people ventured out early to catch LeBlanc’s set, those of us who did certainly enjoyed it.

Nastasha Bedingfield hit the stage with the same energy and positivity that made me fall in love with her sound all those years ago. Sporting a more alternative vibe, Bedingfield commanded the stage with her presence. Her ability to connect with her audience and draw everyone in is remarkable as was evidenced by her quick, quirky stories in between songs.

Whipping her hair back and forth as she bounced around the stage, her vocals were spot-on as she belted out her old favorites, some new tunes, and even stunning covers of Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’, Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, and her brother’s (Daniel Bedingfield) ‘Gotta Get Thru This’.

Not only was the show an amazing trip down memory lane, but proved that Bedingfield still has plenty left in the tank for another run.

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