Intimate Night With Lacey Sturm

Lacey Sturm at The Haven - rarasfarm.com
Lacey Sturm at The Haven – rarasfarm.com

On Friday night inside a toasty Haven Lounge, Lacey Sturm delivered a passionate set of rock ‘n roll to her dedicated Orlando fanbase.

It was an intimate, personal and spiritual night of music, spotlighted by a handful of talented female-fronted bands pulled together by the fine folks at Maniacal Mojo Records.




On a night where the oppressive temperatures inside The Haven instantly made the crowd uncomfortable and sweaty, the performers on stage had to be sweltering, but every one of the acts, poured it out to the welcoming audience.

Sturm, best known as the longtime singer for Flyleaf, is out on her own now, traveling the country with her band, and with her young family. She’s connecting with her fans in a warm way, and on this night, she seamlessly moved between  emotive ballads and full bore rockers.

Read our interview with Lacey Sturm from earlier this summer here: Faith, Family and Rock ‘n Roll.

Accompanied by a three piece band, including husband Josh on guitar, Sturm seemed to be having fun on stage, connecting with her Orlando followers.  At times, the show became a bit of a sermon to the flock, as she preached about her close call with suicide and conversion from Atheism to Christianity on more than a few occasions.  She is a spiritual performers, whose faith means as much to her as her music but I’m not sure how non-believers would have enjoyed those interludes.

The eighty minute set kicked off with a soaring version of “Impossible,” the first single off of her latest album Life Screams. It’s an invigorating song that she co-wrote with Skillet’s Korey Cooper. The full setlist is provided below, and as you will see, it included nearly every song from Life Screams, in order of the record, with Flyleaf hits thrown in every few songs.

Lacey Sturm at The Haven - rarasfarm.com
Lacey Sturm at The Haven – rarasfarm.com

One of those was the crowd-favorite, “Chasm,” which was co-written with her husband six years ago for her critically acclaimed album Memento Mori. It was the early highlight of the night, as the crowd was fully engaged, and loved every minute of it.  She also offered up “Heavy Prey,” her contribution to the Underworld soundtrack.

Other live highlights from Life Screams were “You’re Never Alone” a new emotional track also co-written with Cooper and “Run To You,” which was a wonderful landscape for the diminutive rocker’s powerful  and distinctive voice.  “Faith” was my personal favorite, and a song that had the crowd singing along to the passionate lyrics.

Sturm then delivered a fun highlight when she and the band delivered a rollicking cover of The Police’s “Roxanne.” It was an extended version that showcased the musical talents of the band, and allowed Sturm the opportunity to put her own unique spin on the vocals.

Cover songs were also some of the highlights we heard from the opening bands.  Blaine The Mono started our night off with a set that included a rousing version of “Come As You Are” highlighted by Randi Stickles’ impressive vocals. Tampa’s Sunshine and Bullets offered up  a haunting incarnation of “In The Air Tonight” with nice male/female vocal tradeoffs, and local Orlando rockers dished up a healthy, fun dose, of Toto’s “Africa.”  I hate the song, but loved every minute of their version that found most of the band members flailing around the stage at some point.

Tara Lightfoot of A Brilliant Lie - rarasfarm.com
Tara Lightfoot of A Brilliant Lie – rarasfarm.com

Atlanta’s Bridge To Grace, the only band without a female fronted vocalist, killed it.  They were energetic and sounded great in a frenetic thirty minute set that closed with a cool cover of “Jump Around” that succeeded in the band doing just that.  We missed A Bridge Of Thorns and Auditory Armory, but heard from Sunshine & Bullets’ Amanda Hamers that vocalist Ariel Hope did a great job sound-checking for Lacey Sturm.

Sturm closed the night with a handful of Flyleaf songs/snippets, that sent the crowd home happy.  “All Around Me was a thunderous rocker that was my highlight of the show.  It was followed by a trio of Flyleaf songs woven together nicely that elicited a few nice singalong moments from the faithful; a fitting way to send the congregation into the night.

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Rock On!
Cretin
 



Setlist
Impossible
The Soldier
I’m Not Laughing
Chasm (Fyleaf song)
Vanity
Rot
You’re Not Alone
Heavy Prey
Feels Like Forever
Faith
Run to You
Roxanne (The Police cover)
All Around Me (Flyleaf song)
I’m So Sick / Fully Alive / Call You Out


 

 

Setlist
Impossible
The Soldier
I’m Not Laughing
Chasm (Fyleaf song)
Vanity
Rot
You’re Not Alone
Heavy Prey
Feels Like Forever
Faith
Run to You
Roxanne (The Police cover)
All Around Me (Flyleaf song)
I’m So Sick / Fully Alive / Call You Out

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