The focus might all be on Coldplay tonight, but there’s another artist that’ll be worthy of our attention as we fill up the Mall of Asia concert grounds tonight: Australian singer-songwriter and Coldplay front act Jess Kent.
Yesterday, we, along other members of the media, caught up with the young singer to find out what life is like on tour with Coldplay.
“I actually have Parachutes, their first record, on vinyl. I grew up in England, so of course, Coldplay is such an iconic band,” she says of Chris Martin and company, so it was a surprise when they contacted her after seeing her emoji-filled video for her single, “Get Out.”
“And it kind of went a little bit crazy on the internet, and Coldplay found the video,” she shares. “I think they thought it was funny, and they tweeted me. They were coming to Australia for their tour, so we jumped on the tour with them and we did Australia and New Zealand. And now we're in Asia!”
And, as you’d imagine, there’s much to be learned from a 10-year old band like Coldplay, especially for a young, up-and-coming singer like Jess. “They've been doing it for so long, and they're really veterans now – I mean that in the best possible way – you just watch one show, and they have it so down pat. We're constantly learning from them.”
She only has one EP out, apty titled “My Name is Jess Kent,” but is determined to make her mark somewhere down the line.
“I hope that I can speak for, not necessarily a generation, but I hope that the stories and a lot of the universal messages can translate to more people than just myself.
I remember when, the songs that I grew up on for example or that you grew up on, you remember where you were when you hear an album, or you remember what you were going through when you were obsessing over a record. That's so, so special. So if it can be anything close to that even, then I'll be very, very happy.”
Watch out for Jess Kent as she front for Coldplay tonight at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, or like her official Facebook page HERE.
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