Fans of London-born soul and dance icon Kenny Thomas descended on the O2 Academy 2 on Friday night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his No. 3 debut album ‘Voices’ off the UK charts in 1991 and was certified. platinum, just a month after its release.
Acantha Lang, a soul artist from New Orleans, provided the perfect backing with an incredibly powerful voice and a natural charisma that left the audience falling in love with her. A song titled “Lois Lang” – named after her mother – received heartfelt applause with its deeply meaningful lyrics.
One to watch for the future.
Greeted by a standing ovation, Thomas opened his set with a cover of Naranda Michael Walden’s 1979 hit Tonight I’m Alright, quickly followed by I Will, Act Like You Know and Best Of You, the latter song being taken from his first album.
Other crowd hits included Stay, Can’t Hide Love, If You Believe and Turn It Up – a funky number that really rocked the crowd with catchy lyrics.
Kenny announced that a new album was in the works and performed one of the songs from that album – Stand Up For Love – an infectious number he wrote with friend and Sheffield hitmaker Eliot Kennedy.
The latter half of the set included a cover of You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls and smash hits from Kenny Thinking About Your Love and Outstanding, lifting the roof off the O2 Academy.
Chants of “Kenny!” Kenny! Kenny” echoed in the intimate room, which was enough to bring him back on stage to deafening applause for an encore with “I Found Lovin” – a cover he released last year in collaboration with Dr Packer .
A wonderful evening of upbeat and upbeat music at the O2 by the timeless Thomas who continues to impress 30 years later.