When you're a singer who gets booked to tour with an artist whose nickname is "The Live Show Killer," you might be a little intimidated. However, all singers aren't Brik.Liam. Tapped by PJ Morton to open for him on the More Gumbo Tour, Brik has stepped into the daunting role and consistently impressed audiences at sold-out concerts across North America with his soulful, gospel-dipped vocals. That was certainly the case when the singer/songwriter/visual artist opened for Morton at The Fillmore Silver Spring in the DMV on a stormy Monday night. Concertgoers braved heavy rain, high winds, thunder and lightning to arrive on time to the show to witness Brik.Liam sing and they were in for quite an aural treat.
Casually dressed and rocking his signature red knit cap, Brik.Liam strolled onto the stage shortly after the appointed showtime and proceeded to show out. It was just him onstage, with no band to back him up. However, what he lacked in a full stage production he made up for with his stage presence. His affable personality and undeniable talent engaged the audience early and had everyone hanging onto every note that he so beautifully sang.
Brik began his set with selections from his 2017 album, The Ascension LP, including "Gently" and "Please Cont. (To Love)." He worked in older songs such as "Happily!" and dug in the crates even deeper to do a medley that included Anita Baker's "Sweet Love," Mary J. Blige's "Real Love," Brandy's "I Wanna Be Down" and even Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me." He couldn't lose with his stellar renditions of those classics that had the audience singing along like a lit mass choir. From there he jumped around his catalog from newer tracks like "Jungle" to older ones such as "Beautiful+" with a lot more in between that showcased his range. He ended his set with a mashup of his song "Shine!" with Common's "The Light" that got the crowd hyped up both from what they heard and for the headliner on the way. Anyone who wasn't already a fan of Brik.Liam was definitely one by the end of his show.