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One thing that should be known about Paris is that getting concert tickets are super cheap, so imagine my excitement whenever i found out that one of my favorite singers would be performing there while I was studying in Paris.
James Vincent Mcmorrow
The first time I ever heard a James Vincent McMorrow song was on So You Think You Can Dance where Travis Wall choreographed a beautiful duet to his song Wicked Game. After that I was hooked on him, and he quickly became one of my favorite singer songwriters. His music honestly has so much emotion in it, and I had never listened to anything like it before. I honestly just fell in love. McMorrow, born in Dublin, Ireland, recently released his new album, We Move, in 2016, but didn't have any known U.S. concert dates at the time unfortunately. Thankfully, While I was making my plans for what I was going to do while I was in Paris, I had been told by a lot of people that concerts are super cheap in Europe. So, when I looked up who would be playing in Paris while I was there and saw James name on the list, I almost imploded from excitement.
SUch a gem
The concert took place in a newly renovated venue in Montmartre, and it was incredibly cozy and intimate. On the downside, this means it was standing room only (so I had to wear comfortable shoes that also allowed me to see over people, because I'm short...). My friends and I grabbed a drink and waited for the show to begin, not knowing who would be opening the show.
The opener for the show was a singer named Kevin Garrett, and this guy was freaking amazing. We did not expect that voice to come out of him, but when he started singing I was just like "marry me now." We quickly stalked him on all forms of social media, and purchased his EP on iTunes. You'll see in the videos that I post, he is pretty awesome (He also wrote and produced Beyonce's song "Pray You Catch Me," so I'm basically in love with him). It was very fitting that this talented young man would open for the talented McMorrow, because his music evoked so much soul and emotion that set the stage for McMorrow's amazing set.
After Kevin Garrett dazzled us with his majestic voice, it was time for James Vincent McMorrow to perform, an let me tell you, he is just as unreal as he is on his CDs. His voice is truly out of this world and I am not ashamed to say that I cried during his concert. He just has the type of music that hits you deep in the feels (it was borderline a religious experience). Everyone knew every song, and we were all just so deep into the music. It didn't matter that I was in a foreign country and basically everyone around me only spoke french, and it didn't matter to them that McMorrow only sang in English. His music crossed language barriers and cultural barriers. We were all just people enjoying some amazing music.
I left that concert feeling just so in awe of these talented performers and grateful that I was able to go see them live. So please go check out James Vincent McMorrow's album We Move and all his other albums as well, because he is honestly one of the best artists out there.