Sabrina Claudio is one to watch, and she proved that last night when she performed a sensational set at Brooklyn Steel in New York.
I first listened to Claudio this past Spring, when I was instantly captivated by her breathtaking vocals on her track "Confidently Lost." I kept this young R&B songstress on my radar, and since that initial discovery, I've followed her steady rise to prominence. And it's no mystery why she's well on her way to stardom -- with infinitely smooth vocals, she sings with an intrinsic sultriness that's downright special. Her music is invigorating and intimate, tapping on themes of self-love, romance, and time.
Though the audience eagerly anticipated headliner 6lack's performance, Sabrina still commanded attention as the opening act. When she walked onstage, the crowd went wild. They were already pumped up from some preceding DJ action, and when Sabrina said, "I'm Sabrina Claudio... If you don't know me--" New Yorkers exploded with excitement. They knew her. And those who didn't--well, they surely know her indisputable talent now.
From her graceful aura to her sultry movements, her magnetic presence was stunning. In a nude colored body suit, she swayed her hips back and forth with a sophisticated fluidity that transcended. That same fluidity is seen in videos like "Stand Still," where she motions deliberately yet freely. So, witnessing it live was just all the more magical. And knowing about her strong dance background, it came as no surprise when she whipped out some bossa nova moves on "Wait." When the pace slowed, she adjusted. Her body was in a deep rhythm with her voice, and it was enthralling.
Most of the songs she sang came off of her most recent project About Time, including "Stand Still," "Unravel Me," and "Frozen." But she also sang a couple of songs off of her EP Confidently Lost. Her melodic embellishments on tracks like the hypnotizing "Belong to You," emphasized her ability to switch it up from her studio recordings. And on "Confidently Lost," her dynamics soared as the climax mounted. "I wouldn't change it for anything," she sang, climbing with intensity. She sang effortless melismas that were full of sonic colors. It's no wonder she's been compared to silky-smooth singers like the legendary Sade, whose "quiet storm" style has enamored listeners for years. As artist comparisons can be both annoying and flattering for newcomers, I'll clarify that Sabrina Claudio is certainly holding her own.
Sabrina Claudio is currently on tour with 6lack. Tickets here.
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