Look at Teddy Swims, and also you’d assume twice earlier than crossing him. The Atlanta, Georgia native cuts an imposing determine: leather-based trench coat, a face-consuming beard and a physique overcome with tattoos, snaking up his neck and crawling on to his face. After which there’s that voice. It hits like a tall glass of darkish’n’stormy, completely consuming a room. However he tells the primary viewers of his two-night run at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire: “I’m not somewhat bitch, however I cry every single day.”

Stadium-worthy … Teddy Swims at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. {Photograph}: Sonja Horsman

Therein lies the magic. He desires you to remain hydrated; he desires you to name your mom and inform her you like her. His blue-eyed soul YouTube covers amassed nine-figure view counts, and with the world enraptured by his voice, he launched originals on his debut album I’ve Tried The whole lot However Remedy. So assured is Teddy Swims in his efficiency that the one music video for his monumental hit Lose Management (presently in its 18th week within the UK Prime 10) is a dwell one.

The closing-time blues of What Extra Can I Say is elevated to a stadium-worthy sound backed by his full band. There’s some heavy musical artillery right here, however along with his efficiency of Some Issues I’ll By no means Know, alone within the highlight, you wouldn’t discover the distinction. His voice is able to the identical emotion and bombast as any instrument; this light ballad earns him a drawn-out standing ovation. Tearfully, he says in his molasses-thick southern lilt, “I hope this can be a blessing, what I’m about to say. Acceptance is definitely worth the journey.” Individuals are as enraptured with him as if this have been the gospel at Sunday service.

Having launched just one album adopted by a “1.5” version of it, even a voice like Teddy Swims’ begins to repeat the identical trick because the set progresses. However with a rendition of his famed cowl of Shania Twain’s You’re Nonetheless the One, administered just like the kiss of life, there’s nonetheless one thing to be stated for making an attempt somewhat tenderness.


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