Manchester’s Bridge Water Hall welcomed self-made phenomena Jay James Picton to the stage on Monday night.
This show was Jay James’ first time playing in Manchester and what a way it was to start than to open up for Rebecca Ferguson.
Jay James has a soulful style and could almost be the male counterpart to the 2010 X Factor runner-up.
The Welsh-born sports fanatic found fame after he suffered a knee injury whilst playing rugby. It was during this time, whilst having to rest up, that Jay James taught himself how to play guitar via online tutorials.
The voice was soon to follow, as well as the attention, and now Jay James has his very own debut album and is expecting to release his first single Play it by Heart next month.
The album includes big collaborations from such famous names as John Legend and Booker T. Jones, with Jay James himself having been compared to such notorious acts such as the likes of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Al Green.
The vibrant performer sang ten of his emotionally-charged songs, all of which were inspired by a failed relationship, and they did not disappoint.
His voice created a lot of depth to the stories of woe he was portraying and, as an audience member, it really drew you in. His method of performing, along with the stage lighting, gave the impression of an old friend avenging their tales of love lost whilst being sat in a dimly-lit tavern.
Jay James’ song You Will See, which he had written a year ago, was particularly touching as he recalled a time when someone he was getting to know almost appeared to be his old flame, but was never quite the real deal.
Incredibly moving and poignant in his attack, Jay James Picton is an act to keep a steady eye on. After his fleeting visit to Manchester, the talented show-man is expected to hit major Northern cities, including Liverpool, Leeds and Blackpool, as well as heading down South.
All his tour dates can be found on his website, see link http://www.jayjamespicton.com/