Singer/Songwriter, Mary Lambert took the stage at the Scherr Forum in Thousand Oaks, CA on September 26th for an intimate performance. The set was a mixture of old and new songs with a focus on her debut album, Heart On My Sleeve. There were four musicians in the band (including Lambert), and the show lasted a little over an hour. Even in that small time frame, it was clear to everyone in attendance that Mary Lambert is the next big thing in pop music.
Lambert is best known for her feature on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ smash “Same Love.” It’s rare that an artist gets so much exposure before releasing their debut album, but Lambert’s resume includes two Grammy nominations, a Grammy performance with Madonna, and a tear-jerking moment at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. “Same Love” is just one of Lambert’s great songs, and she proved to everyone in the audience that She’s more than just a one trick pony.
Part of what makes Mary Lambert so likeable is her ability to be completely open and honest with her audience. If Lena Dunham and Adele had a love child, it would probably turn out a lot like Mary Lambert; honest, raw, self aware, with the ability to captivate even the harshest of critics. And, unlike a lot of her peers in the industry, she’s not just tackling love. Her songs cover an array of heavy topics like domestic abuse, body image, and gay rights. She sprinkled spoken word poetry into her sets and when she did this, there wasn’t a dry eye in the building.
Multiple times throughout the night Lambert thanked the crowd for making her feel “safe,” which is important for such a vulnerable set where she challenges her audience to think and be moved. The show wasn’t all tear-filled; Lambert’s new album is packed with radio friendly top 40 hits. Lambert explained to Examiner that she was inspired by fellow label mate, Katy Perry’s album Teenage Dream. A pop record where every song had single potential. Her lead single “Secrets” turned into a crowd sing-a-long and is currently climbing the Top 40 at pop radio. Other highlights of the night include a stripped down cover of Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s girl,“ as well as the love ballad, “When You Sleep.”
Heart on My Sleeve hit stores on October 14th, for more information as well as additional tour dates visit www.MaryLambertSings.com