Local rising musician Charlotte Ross had her headline debut last night at Lyrics Underground, bringing in a full crowd with her beautiful performance. The night was packed with emotionally charged music and tranquil vocals that soothed the audience.
The night started with her supporting acts Aue and Maya Ixchell. Up first was Aue, with his take on electronic music with piano based pieces, that took the audience away with the dramatic cinematic feeling of his songs. Maya’s beautiful voice followed swiftly after and stole the audience's attention with her heartfelt songs and emotional energy with her country/indie hits. It was wonderful to see two new emerging artists take the stage.
Charlotte's captivating vocals blew the crowd away at the end of the night with her catchy songs. With Rhiannon's breathtaking piano sitting behind the vocals and guitar perfectly, it made for a very succinct and complex performance. Each song flowed well between each other and the whole experience felt like we were being taken on an emotional journey. Her laid back and funny interactions with the crowd made it easy for the audience to connect with her on a personal level making the whole environment comfortable and entrancing.
The addition of guitar and piano elements to her songs gave the music a really simplistic yet personal level to the songs meaning, almost like you are just in a room by yourself listening to your emotions in your head. Her track 'Jury’s Out' reminded me of the music artist, Birdy and the tales of her own music. It was clear to see what the favourite song of the night was as the crowd reached it’s peak anticipation when Charlotte finished the show with her newly released single, ‘Blue Raspberry’.
Throughout the whole of the night the room was solely focussed on each performer and time had just seemed to move by so quickly. We were left reeling for more and wanting to be taken on the journey all over again. The amount of love and support in the room for the artists was outstanding as everyone stayed back to get a one on one with each artist after the show.
Charlotte and her supporting acts did a wonderful job and made for a dazzling time for all of us. I was in awe the whole time I was there, it went above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined. We can’t wait to see what each of them come up with next and hope for another performance soon!
Before the show Charlotte took the time for us to go through her setlist and give us more of an insight to her songs and what they are about;
A song about growing up and realising that life can be tough on your own, becoming an adult and the challenges of independence.
This one I wrote with Rhiannon Baldwin and Angus Lawrie after a songwriting class, we wanted it to be about the effect of lying and how being distrustful can lead to isolation - or about braces hahahah.
I wrote this song after receiving a voicemail from one of my friends after breaking up with their partner, the bittersweet beauty in breaking up with someone who is undecided in what they want.
One of the first songs I wrote when I separated from my first relationship, I wanted to write a song everyday, get my dreams on track - so I wrote and personified time. She is someone everyone wants around, although every interaction with her is so small you can’t help but still love her.
This song is about coming back into someone’s life who you originally cut out, rediscovering the beauty of their love.
This song is about how mental illness can be so selfish, and sometimes we say we’re okay when in reality we aren’t. There’s always hope in the end, it’s just sometimes hard to understand. It’s also about the people around us and how lucky we are to have support.
Pink gin is an ode to bad habits that make us feel good. And how sometimes instead of ruining us, it can get us back on track.
This song is about seeing things from a new and different perspective.
My first single on Spotify is all about losing love for someone you’re intimate with, almost convincing yourself you still love them because you’re scared to end something so comfortable and familiar.
What is your favourite song right now?
I honestly cannot decide between 'Rearview Conversations' by Kaybee or 'Slow Motion' by Ulah. Both artist’s I admire so much and I am genuinely in awe of their talent and production style.
What is your favourite song of your own?
This one is so tough because I love the majority of the songs I write, they all have such sentimental value! I really enjoy playing Avery though, Avery being the first one I properly recorded and posted on soundcloud, I hold it very dear to my heart and make sure it's always in all of my setlists for my gigs. It was written after I received a voicemail from one of my friends who had recently broken up with their partner. Something about the way they described it really inspired me.
If you could play with one artist, who would it be?
Matt Corby, a thousand percent. I have been an avid listener since his release of his album 'Telluric', I have loved watching his growth throughout each release. I also just love the way he performs - very soulful. I’ll know I have made it when I get the chance to collaborate with him.