Warning: this video is not for those who prefer their singers timid and demure. Kally Price is the closest thing to a Force of Nature I have ever heard: in fact, if I still had my television set, I would have expected to be notified of this video performance on the Weather Channel.
It’s not that Kally is loud. Or that she screams and shouts. Or that she distorts the melody and lyrics into strange shapes, or overindulges in wild scat singing. None of the above. But what she does do is to take the most familiar song — in this case, the well-worn I’M CONFESSIN’ — and imbue it with so much intense passion that it’s a wonder that the song doesn’t split at the seams. Kally has a rich, deep voice that can be sweet, mellow, or downright raw — and a huge emotional range, from caressingly tender to I-am-tearing-myself-open-right-now . . .
She is an extraordinarily powerful actress — I think she could play Medea — but she doesn’t seem as if she is putting on an external guise. Rather, the words, the music, the power and the sweetness, bubble up from inside her. Here she’s accompanied by the fine spare pianist Rob Reich (known better as the swinging accordion player for Gaucho) and the eloquent trumpeter Jim Gammon.
Courtesy of Porto Franco Records, you should watch, listen, and marvel for yourself here. (And I am sure that some of my readers know more about the history of I’M CONFESSIN’ / LOOKIN’ FOR ANOTHER SWEETIE than I do.)
Honestly, I feel shaken after listening to Kally Price. And that is a good thing!
May your happiness increase.