Last night I had a chance to attend the showcase for Atlantic Records’ latest signee, singer-songwriter Hope.
The Poughkeepsie, NY native performed a 30 minute set of original material taken from her upcoming debut album. Hope posesses an airy, understated vocal that calls to mind Corinne Bailey Rae and Sade (who’s classic jam ‘No Ordinary Love’ was interpolated by Hope in one of the first songs she peformed).
The best song of the evening was most definitely ‘Bring Me Flowers,’ a sensual ballad that, if chosen as a single, would definitely be a big hit with the Adult Contemporary crowd.. Other hilights included ‘Leave Me In A New York,’ a love letter to New York City, and ‘Love Love Love’ (the first single from her album, which features Jason Mraz).
If she finds her niche, Hope could be huge. It’s always great to have diversity in R&B, and she represents a nice change of pace from the ‘drop it low’/’he like the way I ride it’-type R&B singers that have been dominating the airwaves.