Emily King Dazzles at Underground Arts

Photography by Wakana Narisako

On Saturday night, Underground Arts had a line going around the block for Brooklyn goddess Emily King‘s headlining tour. The intimate performance was opened up by the lovely Jaime Woods. Her voice was pure and radiant as she soulfully sold the crowd with her tune, “How Love’s Made.” The track, which was written for her parents, had a genuine tenderness she expressed beautifully through her performance.

When it was time, Emily King jumped onto the stage energetically in a bright red suit as the band started up with “Good Friend” while Jaime Woods appeared again on stage for backup vocals. King’s signature hairstyle was tight and on point as she twirled around and instantly got into the groove.

She performed songs off her new album, specifically tracks “Sleepwalker,” “Animals,” and “The Switch,” with star-level charisma and precision. Her husky voice translated well in quiet, whisper-like segments of songs and in the dramatically lively choruses. A funky cover of “Help” by The Beatles caught many fans off guard, but they still enjoyed every second. The jazzy treatment of this song was perfect…and it should be recorded and produced immediately (hint hint nudge nudge…WINK).

While most of the setlist consisted of songs from her latest album The Switch, but she did perform “Down” from her 2011 EP The Seven. Devoted fans got down with her and sang along loudly. Emily King’s smile widened as she acknowledged the love.

Distance” started slow and dreamy, and came to life immediately when the chorus amped up the funk with some bass and well-timed lighting. From start to end, Emily King’s energy was off the charts. Her dancing is impeccable and drove the fans mad. There was no denying that she has a magnetism that draws fans in and made them have an unforgettable experience.

See all the photos from the show below!

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