Stealth at St Pancras Old Church
Many legends of the music industry walked the grounds of St Pancras Old Church, from the Beatles who shot pictures for their single Hey Jude in the churchyard, to Sam Smith in the days before his international fame. Last night, Stealth showcased his velvet voice under the church’s cosy, historic roof, perhaps walking the line of the many greats before him.
Despite the small venue and weekday timeslot, Stealth put on a show that gave his audience a taste of the deep-rooted heart and emotion he injects into his original lyrics. He began his performance with Truth Is, a recent hit that was featured on FIFA19 and Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist. He then transitioned into his signature Indie acoustic style for a smooth rendition of I Don’t Need Your Love off of his most recent album, Chorus.
Before a more upbeat How Much Further, Stealth opened up to the crowd with a song he wrote as an emotional tribute to his friend who tragically passed away. He took it a step further and bared all with Won’t See Me Cry, his apology to close friends and family for his past anger and inability to belong in a world of toxic masculinity.
Stealth brought the evening to an end with his breakthrough track Judgement Day, which appeared on the soundtrack for the hit TV series Suits. For this rendition he featured a saxophonist friend that provided an added jazzy twist.
Singing live is difficult for any performer as even the best of the best are not always able to maintain perfect pitch and clarity during a live show. Stealth’s performance made it clear that the artist thrives in deep, soulful ballads, and that singing on a stage is certainly his forte. However, much of it was unfortunately overshadowed by a poor audio set-up. He was often left straining his voice in order to overpower the exceptionally loud band, which became an issue in the second half of the concert when his vocals began to get a bit hoarse. Despite this, Stealth carried on in a manner that seemed effortless, and he has proved that he is a strong performer given any circumstance.
From indie to soul with splashes of R&B, Stealth is certainly an artist to watch out for in the upcoming year.
Photos: Virginie Viche
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