R&B Powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan Makes Pain Sound So Good

House of Blues, March 29

Photo by Glenn Brogan

Jazmine Sullivan | Photo by Glenn Brogan

Philly-bred Jazmine Sullivan sings with her entire body. She belts out notes with her eyes closed and head raised towards the sky, inviting the audience to really feel her song. After a five-year recording hiatus, Sullivan is making the most of this tour, which promotes her latest effort, Reality Show. “Let It Burn” let Sullivan sway her hips methodically behind the mic stand as her trademark low-register vocals boomed throughout the venue. She danced more freely on the up-tempo, inspirational “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa).” She showcased her raspy, “spinto-tenor” on a sit-down, acoustic version of “Forever Don’t Last,” surprising and delighting fans. But nothing excited the crowd more than when she sang “Need U Bad.” Fans waved their hands and sang along, uniting both audience and stage through a connection of the heart. ★★★✩✩

Photos by Glenn Brogan

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