JJ Grey unceremoniously walked onto the stage, took off his shoes, sat down and started speaking. Just like that he turned The Fairfield Theatre Company’s The Warehouse into his living room, generously inviting the sold out crowd in. He would occasionally sip an amber colored liquid in a shot glass, emotionally raising his glass to send cheers to the crowd before lifting it to his lips.
Grey shared stories about his life, what inspired his songs, and challenges he has faced. His young life was difficult and he spoke of bad choices and deep anger. While touring he grew up to understand that life was never that bad, before getting into any major trouble. Although sometimes deep, his stories were accompanied with a lot of laughter and joy. He would then sing, his strong lyrics and powerful, soulful voice filled the room to cheers and adulation. Completing the sound were electronic bass beats stomped out by Grey’s barefoot feet.
Its hard to find information on Grey without his band, Mofro, and he said he doesn’t do this type of concert often, making it even more special. The intimacy that Grey created with his openness, smiles and music left everyone feeling like they spent time with an old friend.
Photographs and Review by Fredda Gordon