By Harriet Kaplan
Liz Labelle’s star power burned bright and her talent was so big it could hardly be contained on Genghis Cohen’s small stage at a recent stop on her U.S. tour that just wrapped up in Los Angeles, CA. Hailing from Montreal, Labelle is a pop singer-songwriter, trained vocalist and drummer, and a self-taught piano and guitar player. Also supported by guitarist Christian Harrison, he offered a solid, nice accompaniment with texture and color. His cool, understated presence was good contrast and balance to Labelle’s more impassioned and lively demeanor. At 23, Labelle commanded the stage like a seasoned professional. She oozed confidence, charisma and won the audience over right away belting out original material that was fun, catchy and dramatic with a voice that is strong and fluid. The eight song set included “Painless,” Heart Shaped Locket,” “Hot Mess,” “Party Monster,” “Bombs Away” (which is featured in a movie trailer for Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List starring Victoria Justice), “Brave,” French Girl” and “Knuckle Kisses.” Labelle can fit into more mainstream pop style but she can easily veer into alternative and even crossover to a power ballad territory. Last year, Labelle due to her own drive, gumption and tenacity, secured a four-date spot on the Warped Tour because she was seen by the event’s CEO handing out flyers for her music and CDs. This lead to her music being heard by him. Clearly, this exposure helped Labelle hone her chops further. Although, the Genghis Cohen gig was on a much smaller scale, she managed to impress, completely stand out and give the performance her all as if she was entertaining hundreds of people instead of an intimate crowd.
Liz Labelle’s track ‘Bombs Away’ is the first featured song on Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List trailer starring Victoria Justice.”