American R&B crooner JMSN played an intimate gig at The Ready Room on Sunday, September 23rd.
While his name isn’t yet a household name, Christian Berishaj, aka JMSN, has a wispy and melodious vocal flow reminiscent of young Justin Timberlake. Fusing his vocal timbre with the soulful groove of the music itself makes me question how he was only playing in a 750-capacity venue.
But somehow, it was the perfect atmosphere for a jazzy and soulful night with the crooner. With dim light and a tambourine in hand, JMSN played through a plethora of music, both new and old, sure to have left goosebumps on the skin of anyone grooving along with him. JMSN, known for his soulful music, transcends genres throughout the entirety of his live performance. Jamming around on an electric guitar through various technical solos, he infused elements of rock and jam-band style music into his soulful groove.
The tour, titled the Velvet Tour, stopped in St. Louis only three days after the release of his newest album with White Room Records titled Velvet, and as JMSN described, started a new era of both his music and his life.
The 14-track album features an eclectic mix of R&B and lets the listener bathe in smooth, velvety instrumentals, 80’s throwback vibes, and even experiments with urban contemporary style. Putting the music into a live format works even more for the talented singer, and proves why JMSN should no longer just be a hidden gem you find at a small club on a quiet Sunday night.
Velvet is available for listening on all major streaming services and can be found here.