Daniel Alejandro, the Venezuelan born singer, now citizen of the Independent Republic of Bondi, said at his one night only show last night that coming to one of his concerts was like having a love affair. And like all love affairs, there was a mixture of emotions and Daniel, with a sure and tender touch, wanted to explore them with us.
Daniel performed songs from his debut album "El Amor." He was accompanied by a sharp four-piece band and two stunning dancers - which Daniel told us was a sign that he had made it. He also sang the hauntingly beautiful "Kissing You" with Ukrainian soprano Aly Meyer. Behind him was a screen with rolling images to match the emotions of the songs.
This was an intimate affair. The audience was a willing participant in this love affair. Daniel knew when to hold you close and when to gently hold your hand. He told us that he got a love for romantic music from his grandmother in Venezuela. She would be playing records as he came in from - and this is a guess - playing soccer. And he found this balance between energy and melancholy, between passion and pleading in his music.
The soft and reflective "The Story of a Love," the hopeful "El Amor" and the angry and bitter "Lovers' reflect the varieties of feeling in a love affair. I loved Daniel's version of the Cole Porter classic "So in Love" using the cajon and look forward to further latin interpretations of Porter's work. As in any love affair, at least in one which is worth its name, there is a union of two souls so there is a there is strong spiritual side to Daniel and this was shown in "Fly Me Away."
Daniel has the tender touch of Bocelli and the thoughtfulness of Sting, both of which he says have influenced his music. Others who have had an impact include Ricky Martin, which you can see in Daniel's love of dance and sensuality, and the Spanish singer Jose Luis Perales who songs he has included in his performance.
In the next twelve months, Daniel plans to release four music clips, collaborate on a new EP, release a new single for the Spanish speaking market and perform in the Philippines, where has a large following.
When I asked him what feelings he wanted to evoke in his performance, not surprisingly he said "love, the type of love that makes you want to be alive." He certainly did this.