Last Tuesday at Mercury Lounge, Brooklyn-based Rae Isla took the stage in a crimson and gold smoking jacket and stood beside her band in a performance that rang with nouveau-gospel energy.
Isla is somewhat of a preacher. Her presence is firm yet warm and inviting; sturdy and intoxicating. When she spoke between songs, it was a check-in with the audience as opposed to self-indulgent transitional banter.
Isla preaches love and acceptance in the midst of powerhouse vocals, guitar performances with her exquisite Ovation, and uninhibited happy dances. Her set included her newest releases, “Mexico” and “Just Because”, in which she sings “be my Mexico, baby”, and “we’re living proof that love can be enough”, respectively.
She also included a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Little Lies” in true Stevie Nicks sorceress fashion.
Isla is an all-inclusive godsent, endorsing and spreading love, light, and warmth in New York City and beyond.