Media Courtesy of Billboard.com
Christina Perri kicked off her Head or Heart
tour last night at Denver’s Ogden Theater with a bang! The 27 year old singer-songwriter who hit the charts in 2010 with her smash hit "Jar of Hearts", just released her second full length album, Head or Heart
, on 2 April worldwide. Its first single, "Human"
, has already gone Gold.
Birdy, the 17 year old British sensation, opened for Perri with a short 30 minute set that wowed the crowd. Though shy when addressing the audience, her big voice and talent filled the room; peaking with her current single, "Skinny Love"
Perri hit the stage to a twinkling light background, a stage filled with white instruments, and a flower adorned microphone stand. Her excitement radiated out into the audience and her infectious smile soon resonated just as loudly as the music.
She opened with the very first track off of Head or Heart
. Within notes it was very apparent that Perri isn’t your run of the mill pop star. It is rare today to hear an artist perform live and have them sound like they do on their record. Perri did not disappoint, and in fact at times sounded even better than her recorded tracks.
Perri performed a flawless set which is an incredible feat in Denver’s high altitude. Most artists struggle with hitting notes that are usually no problem for them or appear winded on stage. This was not the case for Perri as she bounced around and belted her heart out.
Her energy and willingness to expose her adorkable nature drew the audience in even further to the experience. Letting out goofy laughs, there was no hiding Perri’s excitement about her new album and first headlining tour in two years.
Perri transitioned between "
Arms" and "Lonely Child" with a fun and quick cover of the classic, "Lollipop"
, surprising the crowd and getting everyone into the same bubbly mood. Another surprise was the quirky cover of Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines"
, which Perri confessed on stage to be her “favorite song.”
The emotion behind each song seemed to build up as Perri sang through her set. Crowd favorite, "A Thousand Years"
- Perri’s hit from the Breaking Dawn
soundtrack, rang loudly through the small theater as every single person seemed to be singing along.
Perri that Human
was a song about self-forgiveness, taking to the piano with heart felt sincerity and left me in breathless tears. She followed it up with the emotional anthem "I Believe", leading the crowd into a self-affirmation sing-along that continued several minutes after she left the stage. From where I stood, looking out over the crowd, divided into three parts of the harmony but completely in unison, I could feel single note being sung by a crowd full of strangers brought together as one by this one “little human.”
She returned for an encore performance that began with "Penguin", a favorite from her first album, and asked the entire audience to take a selfie with their “penguin” and post it for her to see. She followed up with "Jar of Hearts" and ended the night with "I Don’t Wanna Break" before taking her final bows with her band.
There is no doubt that Christina Perri is one of the most talented ladies out there in the business today. The small stage could barely contain her enormous talent and genuine spirit.
As a side note, I did briefly speak to Perri during her meet and greet and she is the absolute real deal. Sweet, funny, and a spirit that is full of love and light; Perri deserves all the wonderful success that her new album and tour will be sure to bring her.
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