performed "Praying" live for the first time, and it was inspiring to say the absolute least. The song is already a work of art that just bleeds with heart, but being able to hear and see it right from the lips of the woman herself, unfiltered, unedited, is a wholly different experience. You get to hear all the little details; the subtle inflections of a different performance; the honest flaws in a live take that you don't often get to hear in a recording. A few people have said they were disappointed by the absence of the falsetto (or whistle note) that was basically the apex of the song, but I personally understand and agree with it not being there in the very first live performance. I firmly stand by the argument that it's better to know what you can do and have an overall great performance than to try and blow your voice out on one part that you're not 100 percent sure of yet. Getting something right in the studio and getting it right on stage are two completely different ball games.
It's striking watching an artist really, truly discover a hidden part of themselves that we've never gotten to see before. Her new songs are nothing like the old, and for the better. Her new music has more sincerity, more character, and so much more power to it. I'm excited to see what she puts out next. "Praying" is off of Rainbow,
out August 11th via Kemosabe Records/RCA Records.