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Grace Davies: Suns Out, Buns Out – Review

Hello readers, it has been a while. I’m back to share with you a review of Grace‘s latest Stageit. I realise last time I made a big deal about it not being a review, but a few notes. I’ve since changed my mind because after all… It was still a review.

We knew going into this that it would be Grace‘s last Stageit for a while. She is busy working on her debut album, so will be focusing solely on that. You can follow potential updates on her twitter @gracedavies.

She kicked things off with a belter, “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings. The theme for the night seemed to be Jazz/Swing, which for me as a huge Frank Sinatra fan was a wonderful treat. It also went down well with the rest of the viewers, who were tipping in their hundreds throughout the night.

Following the big Bond theme, she jumped into “Syrup & Honey” by Duffy. Many of us wondered what had happened to Duffy after she’d announced it, but soon after she started we all forgot and she sucked us in with her fantastic vocals as always.

Next she turned up the heat with what she said was one of her mum’s favourite songs, “Fever” by Peggy Lee. Oh what a song… Definitely had a sexy vibe, made us all feel hot and sweaty. Definitely a cover I wouldn’t mind listening to again.

The song she followed with was a cover I never knew I needed. A Swing version of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. I want to stay professional here, but at the same time HOLY SWEARWORDS BATMAN. I’ve never heard anything like that in my life and was certainly a favourite of mine from the show.

After that she sang a beautiful version of “Supreme” by Robbie Williams. Can’t say I’ve ever listened to it myself, however I very much enjoyed Grace‘s version. She put in maximum effort in, as you’d expect from a huge fan of the man.

Grace then decided to go all out with a powerful cover of “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. It wasn’t without it’s issues though. I don’t want to get the facts wrong, so we’ll just say it’s Morph‘s fault, but there was a problem with the backing track. This started what seemed to be a laughing fit from Grace, who had to just skip the accapella bit and jump straight into the song. She blew me away in seconds as she jumped from uncontrollable laughter, to hitting the notes with so much power and soul.

After the unbelievable cover, Grace did seem to have hurt her throat. However she went straight into her own song “Hooked“. The tone changed a bit, the fantastic guitar and bassline in the background. Some of the higher notes were hit lower than usual I thought, but that makes sense; protecting her voice after the last song. Didn’t really make a difference, it was still mind bogglingly good as always. A trend seemed to form too thanks to Mr. Scott Marshall (unfortunately my good friend), who commented “Buhm” along with the bass. Similar to the “Do-Crew” of Janet Devlin, myself and others joined in for a while. It seems like it will catch on, however we really need to work on a name for it… Sorry Grace.

Now I don’t know if you’ve seen the news lately, but Adele had to cancel the last two dates of the tour due to vocal chord problems. It is a shame, she’s a great person and a great musician. The song Grace followed with after her own song, was a cover of Adele‘s “Someone Like You“. Well she may as well take a break from music after that, Grace took the song and made it her bitch. A few of the viewers claimed it was better than the original and I cannot disagree.

Something more upbeat next with her version of “Things We Lost In The Fire” by Janet Devlin. If memory serves this is a version she covered and recorded a while back, and it did not disappoint. It was fun and a nice break from the Jazzy covers before it. I may or may not have even been “chair dancing“.

The latter part of the show was closed by some songs I hadn’t heard before. First was “Alarm” by Anne-Marie which was fantastic. I don’t know who she is but hearing Grace‘s cover made me want to look up the original artist.

Then we heard another good one (if I get the name right) “Roses” by The Chainsmokers. Not normally a fan of them, but I enjoyed the song. Yet again through her cover making me enjoy modern music. Just something about her voice that sends you away to a happy place. It’s weird.

The next song was another Anne-Marie song in “Ciao Adios“. Pretty sure there should be a comma between the two, but Google says the title doesn’t have one. Again, blew me away. Grace went most of the night doing Jazz/Swing and then one of her closing songs was a pop song, yet she still pulled it off. I genuinely don’t think there’s a genre she can’t sing in. Cue the “Grace can you sing a rock song please” tweets.

Her closing song was another belter. The almighty big band Bond theme “Skyfall” again by Adele. Poor Adele may as well retire, Grace has taken her spot. Nailing this fantastic song, Grace ended what was despite some minor setbacks, a perfect show. Everyone enjoyed it and tipped high, Grace deserved every penny. It’s a shame we won’t see any shows for a while, but this was memorable and a great way to end it.

All in all it was a wonderful show. I’m sure many of my fellow fans will agree that it was money well spent. During the show we saw her family viewing again; Her mum Cheryl & her uncle John, who was apparently in Holland. Other notable moments included the few camera/sound blips, the laughter as mentioned earlier and Grace burning herself on the lava lamp. Nothing that really affected the show, Grace was perfect as always.

I’m undecided what my highlight of the night was though. It’s a tie between the Swing cover of “Seven Nation Army” and Cheryl‘s Peter Pan joke in the comments.