Alexz Johnson, The Troubadour. June 5, 2014
Alexz Johnson may be best known for her role in the movie Final Destination 3 and on television in the shows Instant Star and So Weird – but judging by her outstanding live performance at The Troubadour, it will be music where Ms. Johnson will leave the most lasting impression. Don’t think for a second this will be a teen star casually pursuing a second career – Alexz Johnson has the voice and talent of someone in it for the long run.
On tour in support of Max Schneider – another young talent well on his way into the big leagues – many in the crowd were already familiar with Alexz Johnson and her absorbing tunes. There was little doubt Alexz was also making new fans, as the audience gave their undivided attention from beginning to end.
The set commenced with just Alexz and her guitar, performing a captivating rendition of American Dreamer from the recently unveiled Heart EP. A keyboardist and percussionist were then brought on, and a magical spell was woven upon the early arrivals. One highlight was the torchy Voodoo, wondrously infectious and instantly memorable. Thank You For Breaking My Heart was another splendid standout, with Alexz presenting a thoroughly poignant vocal performance reminiscent of Adele. Other notable selections included Mary, A Heart Like That, and Nothing On Me.
At the conclusion of the set, Alexz once again commanded the stage with just an acoustic guitar in tow, and absolutely stunned the crowd with the devastating strains of Ruthless Love. Possessing her own sense of vocal style that really shines through, Alexz is a true original whose soulful pop/folk songs should appeal to music fans of all ages. Expect to see Alexz Johnson headlining her very own shows the next time she ambles on through Tinseltown.
(Review by Ken Morton – Photo by Jack Lue)
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