The first time American audiences got a taste of Estelle, it involved her playing select shows last year while opening up for her label boss, R&B crooner, John Legend. Most casual fans and music critics agreed she was kicking Legends ass on a nightly basis during that tour with her funky British slang, couture looks, and four-star rapping/singing abilities. After releasing her debut disc, Shine, last year, shes won a handful of music awards including a Grammy for Best Rap Collaboration for her song American Boy with Kanye West. Aside from Jody Watley, Sade, and Mel B (of Spice Girls fame), few black British female singers have gained as much headway in the American music market as Estelle. And considering that her breakout year was just a matter of months ago, shes still just getting started. For those who show up to her concert this week, expect to see one of the best double threats (rapping/singing) to emerge in contemporary music since Lauryn Hill. Photo courtesy Sara Brickner.
Mon., March 2, 7 p.m., 2009