"Hideaway" Singer Kiesza Kicks Off Comeback Tour, Dazzles Fans at Rockwood Music Hall
Pop diva Kiesza just proved to the world that she’s back and better than ever, with a slew of new songs to release that will keep fans listening for years. The powerhouse singer behind the hit song “Hideaway”—which took over the radio waves in 2014—performed her first live show since a debilitating car injury a few years back.
Now on the road to recovery (the singer admits that sometimes she still sees colorful auras around people due to brain trauma), Kiesza is embarking on an acoustic tour to preview some of her new music. The first stop on Kiesza’s acoustic tour was a show at Rockwood Music Hall on June 26, 2019. Kiesza explained to her fans that she intentionally chose Rockwood Music Hall, an intimate venue in New York City’s Lower East Side, to begin her tour because it was a favorite of her deceased best friend, Alice.
Throughout the whole show, Kiesza was refreshingly personal, down to earth, warm, and engaging. She wasn’t afraid to show off her humanity or vulnerability, and shared stories about her life, her hiatus, and her career.
“Are you happy I’m back?” she asked to a crowd that roared in admiration. “I’m so happy you haven’t forgotten me!”
It would be nearly impossible to forget Kiesza, whose powerful and piercing voice cuts through the fog of a music industry obscured by autotune and electronic sounds. At her heart and soul, Kiesza is a songwriter, and her acoustic set really demonstrated her abilities. In an era when it’s easy to allow vocals to be overtaken by the ethereal tunes of the synthesizer, Kiesza’s stripped-back set really proves that she has the vocal chops to reemerge as a huge star in the industry. Music & Mojitos—while huge fans of Kiesza’s early music—is inclined to think that we like her acoustic style even more than the electro-pop synth sounds of her early days. Indie and folk suit her, and we hope to hear more of that in Kiesza’s future.
Accompanied by two guitarists and playing the ukulele herself, Kiesza led her fans through some of her favorite songs, both old and new. She delighted the audience with an interactive song, “You’re the Best,” tugged at the heartstrings with soft, sad, and soulful “Goodbye,” and even braved a rendition of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” It’s nearly impossible to pull off songs by industry legends like The Beatles, but Kiesza’s version was just as evocative as the original foursome’s, a true testament to her abilities.
Of course, not everyone agrees that the legends should be touched. In a hilarious anecdote, Kiesza tells the audience about a disagreement she got in with her guitarist, Adam, who was Alice’s boyfriend. Adam was appearing for one night only at the Rockwood Music Hall show. “I wanted to do a version of “Hideaway” that was based on Tom Petty’s ‘Free Falling” and Adam was like “No, you can’t touch Petty!’” she laughed. Of course, the singer did it anyways, just to show the audience what it sounded like. The crowd went wild for this epic mashup.
Now writing music for her own independent label, Kiesza can write whatever her heart desires—she no longer has to write songs for the radio or the label. “The industry is full of people who can eat you up, and I’m so thankful I’ve found my support team. It wouldn’t be possible without all of them, and without all of you,” Kiesza tells her audience.
Kiesza closed out an epic night at Rockwood Music Hall with a rendition of her newest single, “Sweet Love,” which had fans singing along (already!) and cheering for the star as she took her final bow. “I’m sorry, I actually don’t have an encore planned tonight, so…this is it, I don’t want to disappoint you thinking I’m coming back out!” the singer laughed, before inviting fans to hang around and take pictures with her.
Kiesza’s performance is one that will hang on in the hearts and minds of her fans long after she exits the stage. Music & Mojitos thinks this is just the beginning of a long and varied career for Kiesza.
Pro-tip: Pop into Lower East Side Bar The Late Late for a pre-concert drink!