As a singer at Berklee, it’s always interesting for me to hear other vocalists perform. I love hearing the differences and similarities in our tone or color and listening for little tips on how to improve my singing. That’s why I love Singers Night; it’s all about upcoming singers that have something to prove. This year’s concert, presented by Alli Beaudry and Kristin Cifelli, was no disappointment. The performance featured ten singers from all over the world, performing covers and a few original compositions. Some vocalists accompanied themselves on piano or mandolin, some had a full band rocking out behind them, and some had back-up singers. Each was impressive.
For the first song, “Home,” written by Greg Holden and Drew Pearson, all ten singers entered onstage together. Sam Fischer, from Sydney, Australia, was featured as a soloist, and the rest of the singers sang along during certain parts of the song. The stage was bursting with energy; the singers were having a great time onstage, and the band, made up of a myriad of instruments (including banjo, tenor and alto saxophone, and fugelhorn), was right behind them. After the first song, the host, Dave Devoe, came onstage and announced, “What’s up Brooklyn!... oh, wrong concert.” The mood of the show was clearly relaxed. Devoe then proceeded to introduce the singers. Before each performance he told the audience three facts about the singer, one of which was a lie; we were encouraged to guess which was the lie based on their performances. Needless to say, I learned a lot of interesting things about these singers.
Each performance was different from the last; the songs varied from soulful to funky, from jazzy to dance-y, but they were all good. My favorite part of the night was during the last song, when singer Bianca Higgins and tenor sax player Nina Rosen performed scat solos, call and response style. The attitude in each note was making the audience go crazy, and when the song was over, the crowd burst in applause. The singers all came onstage, took their bow, and gratefully accepted the standing ovation.