Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show

The British powerhouse started and ended her acoustic gig with a ‘Bang Bang’ despite having a tired voice

Photos: Singtel & Samsung
Photos: Singtel & Samsung
27 May 2016

Photos: Singtel & Samsung

Jessie J had a very honest confession to make near the start at her acoustic gig in Singapore last night: “Right now my whole body wants to be asleep and my voice is a little tired.”

This condition, undoubtedly caused by jet lag (she landed at 2am from Los Angeles), made the English songstress refrain from going all out during beloved hits ‘Flashlight’ and ‘Bang Bang’. For the former, she left it up to the 6,000-strong audience’s loud, passionate singing along to fill in the gaps where she held back, and she went an octave lower for the verses of the latter.

However, the 28-year-old still had plenty of other opportunities to display her powerful and flawless vocal techniques – from goose bump-inducing vocal runs to earth-shaking high notes – for other tracks like ‘Nobody’s Perfect’, ‘Who You Are’ and ‘Domino’. She even treated listeners to an incredible rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’, which she revealed she performed for an audition at the age of 16.

Jessie, who wore a sparkly, back-baring dress and thigh-high boots, made another admission halfway through the recital. “I wasn’t going to do anymore shows this year, (but) when I was asked to come here I couldn’t say no, because I love coming here,” she said, to raucous cheers. “I feel very lucky to have so many people here that support my music.”

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Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
27 May 2016

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show

Two highlights of the evening were unplanned ones involving random concertgoers getting to sing with Jessie. After finding out that one man in the front row had dreams of becoming a singer like her, Jessie got someone to pass a microphone to him, and they engaged in a fantastic adlibbed duet where he declared his love for her, and she wished him the best in his studies.

Her next duet partner, a teenage girl who came from Malaysia, was even invited to join her idol on stage for ‘Masterpiece’, although she was too overwhelmed (understandably so) to sing properly. At the end of her guest appearance, the lucky devotee scored a hug from Jessie.

Those weren’t the only instances where Jessie, as the official title of the concert states, got “Up-Close” with her fans. She thoughtfully answered questions from two other devotees, revealing that “the best part of being alive” was “the feeling of leaving something behind (her songs) that will never die”, and that if she could be any superhero, she would be someone with the power to heal people.

Jessie even remembered that it was the birthday of a supporter she encountered at a meet-and-greet session earlier, and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him, complete with her signature fancy riffs. Elsewhere, she promised to sign a fan board before she left (although we never got to see if she actually did so).

While everybody certainly enjoyed the show, the few lucky individuals who received this intimate treatment definitely left the arena with extra special memories for life.

Click through for more pictures from Jessie J’s Singapore concert:

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
27 May 2016

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
27 May 2016

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show
27 May 2016

Jessie J powers through jet lag at Singapore show

Jessie J meets APSN Tanglin School students backstage
Jessie J meets APSN Tanglin School students backstage
27 May 2016

Jessie J meets APSN Tanglin School students backstage

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Jessie J inspired by Whitney Houston

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