Khalid’s Free Spirit Concert Review
American singer songwriter, Khalid Donnel Robinson, returned to Australia to promote his latest album ‘Free Spirit.’ Since his debut in 2016, Khalid’s R&B hits and soulful melodies have awarded him with various Grammy nominations and multi-Platinum records, which are widely recognised across the globe. On Monday the 2nd of December, Khalid brought his recent hits and humble personality to our Adelaide Entertainment Centre for the first time in his career.
Upon arrival, upcoming R&B artist Lucky Daye set the ambience for what was to come, energising the crowd through dramatic bass drops, resembling the setting of nightclub in Hindley Street. Although he was not as well known here in Australia, his American tunes from his latest album ‘Painted’ resonated with the likes of R&B legends like Prince and Stevie Wonder.
After a quick 30-minute interval, the lights dimmed and the screams of hundreds of men and women echoed the venue as the main LED video screen projected a beautiful montage of the man we were all eager to see. Opening with the headliner of the tour, Free Spirit was the first of the twenty soundtracks to come. Bursts of colourful lighting immersed the singer and his six backup dancers as the upbeat tempo stimulated the crowd. Soon Khalid stripped back the glitz and the glamour and took to the stage with only his microphone and a chair as he gently serenaded the audience with his softer melodies such as Heaven and Saved. His ability to alternate between energetic beats and emotive tracks is quite impressive considering he is new to the music scene.
In addition to his angelic yet husky voice, Khalid amazed us with his humbleness and generosity throughout the show. Unlike most artists whose successes have tainted their persona, Khalid has proven his fame has not hindered his kind-heartedness, countlessly referring to the people he met at his meet and greet, playing songs they requested to him in private. During the show, Khalid stopped to check on the people in the front row, offering them his water and singing happy birthday to one lucky individual – which is something most popular artists wouldn’t do.
Khalid’s soulful yet pop-like R&B tunes attracted people of all ages, from young teenagers to the middle aged – everyone was swaying and dancing to the 21 year old’s empowering tracks. His unique voice paired with an assortment of entrancing lights and LED displays made for an amazing concert, leaving the audience anticipating his next album.