By Amy Westney
On Thursday 229 The Venue in London welcomed back Lucie Silvas for her first UK show in 8 years. Back in 2003 Lucie catapulted onto the UK music scene with her hit ‘What You’re Made Of’ which reached #7 on the charts followed by ‘Breathe In’ which surpassed her previous single making it to #6. This followed with 5 more singles from her debut album with Mercury records however in such a hard business Silvas fell short and in 2007 released what would be her last single from her second album. After witnessing the show on Thursday I can say that this was a blessing in disguise.
Lucie decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee where she began working on new material. I had the chance to meet her around Halloween 2014 where she was supporting friends, Kree Harrison (Runner Up of American Idol Season 12) and soon-to-be C2C alumni Maren Morris at a gig in Nashville. Her musical friend circle does not end there though; Lucie recently got married to Grammy nominated John Osborne of The Brothers Osborne. With all this said I am sure you can understand why I was so excited about this performance.
As Silvas stepped out on stage donning a mandolin her band kicked into ‘Unbreakable Us’.
The audience was packed full of friends, family and a loyal fanbase from all over Europe that, it was clear, had supported her since the beginning but if they expected to hear that pop songstress from 12 years ago they would have been disappointed. Lucie has grown incredibly as an artists and her Nashville influences shone through in the first song and I didn’t see a single person in that room who wasn’t captivated by the new sound she was delivering.
She then put the mandolin aside for ‘Happy’ where she gave herself the freedom of no instrument and allowed herself to just own the stage and focus solely on her vocals. There is not a lot of Lucie Silvas but damn does that girl have some lungs on her! Quickly, she retreated back to her comfort zone and took a seat behind her piano for the next few songs. Heading back to her roots, she seemed at home behind the keys. For some reason however the piano, which was used for a good 50% of the show, was set back behind her vocal mic which obscured the view for anyone standing on the right side of the stage. Though this has no effect on her vocal and musical performance it would have been nice to have had a clear view as she shined on that stage.
As well as performing hits from her new album she knew there were a couple of songs she had to play and as the familiar melodies of ‘What You’re Made Of’ and ‘Breathe In’ played in the venue cheers erupted. Every single person in that place (including me!) was singing along to the very songs that brought her to our attention all that time ago. She also threw ‘That’s Alright Mama’, a classic Elvis cover, as well as Roy Orbison, ‘You Got It’. These classic covers worked well to compliment her sound and, for me, cement her place in this new country genre she has worked so hard at.
Her vocals throughout the show were flawless and her band worked in harmony both with Lucie and each other to create a fantastic experience for the audience. It was a breath of fresh air to see her give such a polished performance with such ease. It seems that in this case our loss is Nashville’s gain. To see the talent that was on that stage and hear the clear effort that has been put in to creating not only a fantastic catalogue of songs but also a new brand, a new style, a new Lucie… It really was something to see. Thankfully for anyone who missed out on the evening this won’t be the last we see of this country brit. When, I can’t say, but it seems there are talks and plans in motion for a full UK tour later this year.