Milbelynn’s eclectic style of reminiscent neo-soul prowess and vibrant latin fire held it’s own as a heavy-hitter with sophistication and poise.
October 26, 2022 – Review by David Baus, Former Record Executive
The distinct pleasure of having witnessed Milbelynn’s breakout performance at The Hotel Cafe brought me right back to my days of managing the legendary Journey, as we geared up for tour. The band and I spent time perfecting stage presence, because this element alone ties an entire room, or stadium, together. Although I wasn’t in the first row for Milbelynn, her ubiquitous stage presence was nothing short of magnetic. To add, her vocal quality is that of an old soul, rich and textured matched with breezy simplicity. Milbelynn’s honeyed delivery brought something unique and memorable to the space, to say the least.
Milbelynn managed to make the iconic songs she covered sound completely hers, which is no simple feat when covering one of ones like Amy Winehouse. Her delivery of You Know I’m No Good was haunting, heartbreaking and everything you want when you take precious time out of your day to watch an artist live. She didn’t fail to impress when it came time to perform her own original music, which was cleverly penned by Milbelynn herself, and appeared to have a landscape that felt familiar all over an aesthetic of ethereal beauty. Her approach is intimate yet fills the entire room, a breathtaking combination that leaves you hungry for more.
The Hotel Cafe has been home to some of music’s biggest names, and it’s legendary stature speaks for itself. Milbelynn’s eclectic style of reminiscent neo-soul prowess and vibrant latin fire held it’s own as a heavy-hitter with sophistication and poise. With an ear for melody and chilling backing harmonies, Milbelynn soars through her incredible range with ease. Her captivating aura and grace is far beyond her years, making her set the showstopper of the night. To see her fully free and still laser focused in the moment is a beguiling delight, like watching a dove in flight.