Jess Glynne kicked off Grammy Week in classy fashion on Tuesday (Feb. 9) with an intimate performance at Los Angeles’ Sayers Club, presented by MasterCard and Billboard.
After cocktail waiters filled the cozy room with hors d’ouerves, Glynne’s band and backup singers led the crowd in a cheerful group clap as they took the stage ahead of the shock-topped singer.
Commencing with soulful anthem, “Ain’t Got Far to Go,” Glynne crooned while her band backed her up with full-throated “amens.”
Following a well-received cover of CeCe Peniston’s “Finally,” cheers rang out to welcome “Rather Be,” her Grammy Award-winning breakthrough with Clean Bandit.
“How we doing?” she asked with a grin. “This is very intimate. I’m into it.”
“This floor is so uneven. If I fall and hurt myself that’s why,” Glynne quipped. “I’m going to take you back to beginning, this is the first song I ever put out called “Home.” I’m not home but it feels like it because this is kind of a living room.”
Following with “Love Me” and “Gave Me Something” (“It’s about being given a chance”) en route to an acoustic take on her Route 94 fan favorite “My Love,” Glynne adapted to her small room setting with anecdotes and personal asides aplenty.
“I love LA so much but didn’t know it was going to be so hot,” she half-jokingly lamented. “I’m pale, so it’s like whoa.”
“If you feel like getting down just do it,” she prefaced her showstopping ending series, which hit its stride on crowd-pleasing solo single, “Hold My Hand” — transforming the front leather couches into an energetic dance pit.
“Thank you,” she finished. “Can I thank my amazing band?”
The crowd was more than happy to accommodate.