Her first album in 1999 was a massive favourite and got played to death, but since then, I must confess, I haven’t kept up with her back catalogue - must try harder. But live, she didn’t disappoint, supported by a fine band and two stellar backing singers, Kayla Starr and Tamika Peoples, although I couldn’t really understand why the band had chosen such low-key stage lighting; such a luminous talent needs to be seen as well as heard. Anyhow, the room rocked and I went home a happy man.
Opening up on the night, was the bright young musician Braxton Cook, with a fine band. Keep an eye and and an ear out for his music.