Following her recent sold-out show in Lagos, Gospel singer Rachel Kerr performed her first headline show in London since 2012.
Now I am not an avid Church goer but this past Bank Holiday Monday, May 28 London’s 02 Academy Islington became a Church and Mobo Award Winning Rachel Kerr was both Pastor and Choir in a 2-hour set, where she not only shared the message of God but lifted the spirit of everyone in attendance.
The supporting act on the night did a brilliant job in gearing the audience up for the main show. 28-year-old rapper, Karl Lokko held his own introducing the concert goers to his music through stories of stories of his life with songs Madiba SW9 and more where he shared his journey through a life of crime and near death experiences before finding God and becoming a better man.
After a short interval, Rachel took to the stage with her band, two backing singers and her two amazing dancers who brought an energy and vibe that the audience enjoyed throughout the whole set even joining in with some of the dance moves throughout the show.
From the moment Rachel took to the stage she brought an unmatched energy, honesty and a huge amount of gratitude for all of those who came out to support her. The show was a fusion of Rnb, Soul, Hip Hop Beats, and Reggae all with the message of God strongly routed through the lyrics.
The singer took the audience through a mixture of songs old and new [from her EPs and her fantastic mixtape Unboxed] taking time to engage with the audience between each song explaining why she wrote and/or chose to sing each song on the night. It was this engaging with the audience and creating a story behind each song that made her music and the show intimate and very personal as it felt as if she was speaking directly to you and your experiences.
Kerr blessed us with her songs Alive, the classic I Will Love Me, Soldier (which she performed twice), All For You (a version of the classic garage song Do You Mind by Kyla), Glory and an introduction to what we can expect from her new material with songs, Better Things are Coming and more.
Overall the show was absolutely amazing. Kerr showcased her immense vocal range her prowess as a performer and left the audience feeling warm and fulfilled, she encouraged us to embrace not only God but the special gifts and talents that he has given us all.
As she stated throughout the show we can expect an album very soon and I am truly waiting in anticipation.
Until then you can check out Rachel’s music on all music platforms and follow her on all social media @rachelkerrmusic.