Last October Joy Crookes released her first studio album titled Skin which reached the number five spot on the UK charts. Within this debut album, her single “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” reached 12 million reproductions on Spotify and has been widely acclaimed by the audiences. The 2021 UK Music Video Awards winner and 2022 Best New Artist nominee has performed for the first time in a Late Night Show, and the lucky host to present her was James Corden.
On this live performance of “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” Joy Crookes exploits the pandemic concert format with various stages, scenario transitions, camera angles and choreographies. Everything feels so subtle, effortless and impeccable that it’s like watching another of her music videos, which she evidently references throughout her performance. Her clothing and make-up, just like in many of her presentations, embraces the richness and beauty of her Bangladeshi culture.
As Crookes explained on her Spotify profile, “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020 and the people who are not willing to try to change their minds due to privilege and fear. Crookes has included herself amongst those who need to reflect on their behavior to help social causes. The song follows 13 other singles that were released since 2018.
Crookes’ voice and style resembles a lot to 2020’s Rising Star Award winner, Celeste. It seems like the smoky jazzy female voices are making a comeback and Joy Crookes is not afraid to show her modern take on 60’s and 70’s jazz, motown, soul and pop. However, the fusion with her asian culture proposes a very unique visual and musical craft.
Her album Skin is definitely a very intimate journey through mental illness, relationships and political stands, but also a very well delivered and produced pop approach to vintage afro rhythms and sounds. It can be as catchy as it can be powerful and moving. Also, her clear tributes to artists like Nina Simone and Ebo Taylor are noted and will surely be appreciated by music lovers. Without a doubt, the 23 year old artist is between the favorite nominees of the Brit Awards and seems to have a promising music career ahead of her.
The singer is now on tour and expects to give concerts throughout Europe, including the Netherlands. Fingers crossed for the pandemic to not interfere with the concerts.