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Jem
"A Jem of a Show"
The Paradise

By Rory Flynn

She has become an underground indie sensation while also climbing the charts in the back in the UK. On the last night of her inaugural headlining stateside tour, Welsh songtress Jem showed exactly why she has the potential to be the next big thing. Her unique charisma and refreshing harmonies are as easy on the ears, as her cuteness is on the eyes.

Jem, whose real name is Jemma Griffiths, grew up in Cardiff Wales and was extremely well-educated as she even went on to earn a law degree. However, while studying in Brighton, her passion for music led to roles as a promoter and agent in the music industry. After graduation, she spent more time writing and recording music. After moving to the US in 2002, Jem helped co-write "Nothing Fails" off Madonna's 2003 release, American Life. Soon after her demo first received radio play in LA, she was signed by Dave Matthews' ATO record label.

At her midweek-Wednesday night - stop, at The Paradise, Jem featured all but on track of her full-length debut album, Finally Woken. "Come On Closer" kicked off her set with a strong driving riff. With such a strong production on the studio album, it was interesting too see how the songs stood up in a live performance. For the most there was downfall thanks to Jem's impressive touring band. Included in the set were, the cool chill vibes of "Save Me," the up-tempo "Wish I," and the mellow "Falling For You." Featured recently on hit television shows, "The O.C." and "Grey's Anatomy", Jem's "Just A Ride" are truly words to live by as she sings, "It'll take you all around. Sometimes you up, sometimes your down…But don't forget enjoy the ride."

Jem delivered a strong yet unexpected cover of Coldplay's "In My Place" and opener Josh Kelley joined keyboardist Marshall Thompson to help deliver the vocals for an impromptu cover of "Sweet Home Alabama" which featured an extended breakdown jam session.

DJ Sir Beans OBE gave a funky intro for the high energy and hard rocking "24" which delighted the crowd before closing out the main set. A two-song encore featured a beautiful acoustic version of "Flying High" and her biggest hit to date "They," which fused classic piano with upright bass and even dj turntables.

Throughout the night, Jem showed a great growing stage ability that coupled her proven musical and vocal talent, could foster a successful career. Be prepared to hear more from this Welsh wonder.




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