Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name, Birdy, kicked off her Beautiful Lies tour of Asia on July 20 at Billboard Live Tokyo.
The British musician wore a blue, full-length glittered gown, and I’m still not sure which was more eye catching: The reflecting light from the sparkling fabric or the pleated 1970s-inspired flared sleeves brushing against her keyboard.
She kicked off the sold-out show with her song “Growing Pains,” in which her talent on the piano paired with her emotional vocals gave rise to a warm and welcoming applause from the crowd.
A sincere introduction showed her excitement about performing in Japan for the first time. She sang “People Help the People,” a song from her eponymous debut from 2011, which nicely complemented her new songs “Wild Horses” and “Keeping Your Head Up.”
Bogaerde, who has been composing songs since the age of 7, made an impact in the U.K. charts with her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” in 2011. Her second album, “Fire Within” from 2013, was also successful, with several singles making it onto the soundtracks for “The Hunger Games” and Disney Pixar’s “Brave.” Tracks on her latest album, “Beautiful Lies,” show she has so much talent left to share.
“Lifted,” a more upbeat piece seemed to set free the “drifting souls,” (as the lyrics go) within the audience, including mine, as the crowd clapped to the beat. While her music is emotionally charged, lyrics like, “Show me the way to a brighter place” inspire a sense of hope and optimism.
The expected final song, “Keeping Your Head Up” provided the perfect closing with the lyrics “I won’t let you down.” Judging from the energetic reaction of the crowd, it was safe to say she hadn’t.
The singer returned for an encore, thanking her audience with a treat. Alone on stage, with the same perfection as in the recorded album, she sang fan favorite, “Skinny Love.” Based on the opening night performance of her first Asia tour, Birdy will have no problem wowing her fans at the next stops.
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