Elle King brought a heavy dose of retro R&B fire to The Late Show on Wednesday night (Aug. 15) with a soul-stirring performance of her new single “Shame” that pumped fresh fire into the song’s tales of misbegotten youth. Joined by a trio of backup singers/percussionists and a full band including a four-person horn and string section, King looked like a regal soul queen in a low-cut white jumpsuit accented by a flowing white robe and silver platform boots.
“Trouble, trouble’s what you need (what you need)/ That’s what you get in getting me (what you need),” she sang in her signature fiery growl over the song’s chugging Motown vibe, diving into the chorus about all the things her “mama doesn’t know.” Speaking to Billboard recently about the track, King explained, “I was kind of a bad kid. I got kicked out of, like, every school that I went to. I wasn’t the parents’ favorite friend [for their kids], I was 100 percent a bad influence. I’ve always kind of known that. I’ve always gone harder than everybody else,” adding that she had a pretty rough last year, hanging out with some questionable folks, who just happen to be fun to party with.
She definitely brought that devil on your shoulder energy to the sultry performance, kicking off the official run-up to the release of her follow-up to 2015’s Love Stuff.
Check out the performance below.