Chloe Reynolds The Usher Hall Edinburgh supporting Anastacia UK Tour review Wednesday 31st May 2017

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A balmy Edinburgh evening, at The Usher Hall, and the crowd were buzzing in anticipation, waiting for pop-rock legend Anastacia and her band.

To most of the crowd, UK singer songwriter Chloe Reynolds was a new face, as she had been to me until I’d checked out the title track of her new album Broken Beautiful, before heading to do the review. In fact a woman in the bar beforehand told me she had not yet decided if she would leave her pint to see the support act.

So when Chloe Reynolds strolled onto stage looking relaxed, to perform a solo set on piano, she knew she had a tough job to do to warm up the die-hard Anastacia fans. From her opening smile and opening note Chloe was strong,  soulful and confident. Her gentle style may initially have seemed like a stark contrast to the main act, but as her set flew by it was clear she was an ideal opener. It was a warm and intimate performance, as she glided easily through her half-hour set with beautiful vocals that have both a soulful depth and a light fragility, that she uses with a painterly quality. Much of her work and approach is rooted in a gospel feel and you could also imagine how her songs would really fly with a full band behind her.

Chloe is a young woman with ideas to share and a genuine passion for people and life. Each song she opened with a story of love and hope such as “Happier” saying ‘we don’t need all this stuff’ - ‘live in the moment’. “Still Here” (she dedicated to the people of Manchester). Her closing song “Safe In My Arms” captured the mood of the evening because by the end of her set, the appreciative crowd certainly felt safe in Chloe’s musical hands.

I would love to see Chloe perform again. Lyrically her ideas are strong and it would be great to see her pushing her musical boundaries. I have every confidence she will. I also know from a quick chat with her that she has an exciting tour coming up, but details are strictly under wraps!

At the end of the night after rocking out to an awesome set and star performance by Anastacia and her band, I bumped into the woman (I’d met previously in the bar) and she rushed up to me and said “Chloe was really great”. So keep dreaming big Chloe, as you have won new hearts and minds here in Scotland.

Review by Lorna Reid

 

CHLOE REYNOLDS PRESS RELEASE

Following the release last September of Chloe Reynolds’ debut album ‘Broken Beautiful, it reached No1 in the UK Christian Charts, video for the title track reached over 30,000 views on You Tube, the single was featured on BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday, and also championed by BBC Introducing, Eagle Radio, UCB Radio, and Premier Radio.

Chloe has now been announced as the main support for Anastacia’s UK tour which will be up and down the country from the 24th May until the 11th June, and will be coming through your way!

With musical influences as far and wide as Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys and Snow Patrol, Chloe’s music takes you on an expedition through themes of hope and perseverance, with songs which will be a companion to all who travel through times of challenge. These are bold, moving songs – vivid tales of redemption that are unafraid of taking the listener on a journey of hope. Broken Beautiful is an album that reaches out a hand to those who need to hear they are loved.

Here is a link to the spellbinding, through provoking, moving, and inspirational video from the title track of the album 'Broken Beautiful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVw0grQohU

 

TOUR DATES

May

Weds 24 The Anvil Basingstoke

Thurs 25 Colston Hall Bristol

Sat 27 O2 Apollo Manchester

Sun 28 Symphony Hall Birmingham

Tues 30 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow

Weds 31 Usher Hall Edinburgh

 

June

Thurs 1 Sage Gateshead

Sat 3 City Hall Sheffield

Sun 4 St Davids Hall Cardiff

Mon 5 Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

Weds 7 Regent Theatre Ipswich

Thurs 8 Eventim Apollo London

Sat 10 BIC Bournemouth

Sun 11 Brighton Dome Brighton

 

 

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