21-year-old Seattelite Raven Zoë kept her meager audience captivated throughout her set at Studio Seven with her Lily Allen/Kate Nash sounds. The YouTube sensation, whose page recently reached the 1,000,000 views mark, performs her own original songs and covers like St. Vincent's "Marry Me" and Fiona Apple's "Paper Bag". Not bad for someone who first picked up a guitar five years ago.
Aside from a few minor voice cracks from being sick, this girl can truly sing. Raven Zoë showcased her range with upbeat and peppy songs to slow and smooth ballads and even a song with a hint of blues. And following in Taylor Swift's footsteps, she played one of her self-written songs "You Shouldn't Lie About Love," which she wrote after an ex-boyfriend who had said he loved her the night before he broke up with her. But unlike the princess of country's songs (and don't get me wrong, I'm a huge T-Wwift fan), Raven Zoë's song has a dark twang in which listeners can feel her anguish. And like her YouTube videos, she peppered her show with covers, like Lelia Broussard's "Hipster Bitch."
Apparently she's doing something right for her fans, because they are dedicated beyond belief. They screamed their lungs out after every song, and a few of her her fellow YouTube comrades were willing to come up all the way from California to watch her 45 minute set (and at least those people got a shout out for all that effort).
This young and talented singer/songwriter seems to only be able to gain more momentum, popularity and a wider crazed fanbase from here. With some more publicity, good things are sure to come for girl's career. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Raven Zoë in the future.