On Nov. 4, 2014, American Express announced its new Artists in Residence (AIR) inititative, which is part of the American Express Unstaged program. AmexAIR will tell the stories of three artists and invite fans to discover, connect with and support them on their creative journey. To celebrate this, American Express hosted a private concert at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. Performers included Betty Who, Mary Lambert and Rixton who are the debut featured artists in residence.
“I’ve been so grateful to be in the same room as all the other artists involved in this project. Any program that brings such awesome groups of people together is something I feel really lucky to be a part of,” Betty Who told us exclusively. Rixton added, “It’s exciting and humbling to be part of American Express Unstaged: Artists in Residence. It was especially good to be back in New York City for the show since we recorded the whole of our debut album, “Let The Road,” in here.” Of course we were on the scene at the concert. Read on to learn more about the fun concert event!
Mary Lambert opened to show with a smooth piano number called “So Far Away.” We loved her personality. She was making jokes and it was like watching a friend on stage. She slowed the show down and performed a personal poem about body image and self-confidence. As you looked through the crowd, everyone was mesmerized by her words. She closed her set list off with “Secrets” and everybody was singing the chorus. Mary Lambert is such a refreshing artist. She set the stage for Rixton.
Who doesn’t love a great British boy band? Rixton consists of Lewi, Danny, Charli and Jake. They are hot and also very talented. Opening with their song “Wait On Me,” the energy level went up like crazy. The boys joking around with each other on stage had a playful vibe. They were carefree on stage. They covered Ariana Grande’s hit single “Problem” with killer harmonies. It was hard not to sing along. These boys had a lot of soul, great rhythm and awesome dance moves. They had flown in from England the night before and only had 24 hours in New York and you could not tell that by their performance. They closed their set with “Me and My Broken Heart.” The crowd went wild and was jumping and moving everywhere. Lead singer Jake hopped in the crowd and created a mosh pit.
Betty Who was also so cool. The Australian pop singer opened up with her song “Just Like Me.” The crowd loveed her. We felt like we were in the 80’s. The dancing and electric beats made it hard to stay still. She then closed with her hit single “Somebody Loves You” and the venue was shaking. It was a dance party. For sure Betty is an artists you must see live. You can check out footage from the American Express Unstaged: Artists in Residence exclusive live concert performances here.
Brianna Bicking contributed reporting.