Londongigger’s Live Performance Song of the Year 2012 – Billie Jean (Terra Naomi Acoustic version)

Posted: December 30, 2012 in Concerts of 2012, Top lists, Uncategorized
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Londongigger’s Live Performance Song of the Year 2012 – Billie Jean (Terra Naomi Acoustic version)

I have been priviledged to see many suberb songs performed live this year. These included Cristina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” followed by straight up “Tragedy” , both of which provoked a heartfelt singalong by the audience at my opening gig of 2012 in January at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. “Band on the Run” and “Hey Jude” had a similar response at Sir Paul McCartney’s Teenage Cancer Research Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall in March. Sir Elton John’s “Rocket Man” got people out of their seats at Wembley Arena and swaying in the aisles in September and for their closing song at their O2 Arena gig in November, Keane’s new song “Sovereign Light Cafe” was personal and heartfelt.

However, none of these worthy performances could match with the song I have chosen as my personal Live Performance Song of the Year. That accolade goes this year to the lovely Terra Naomi whose dark and solemn acoustic rendition of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean was as beautiful and unexpected as it was subtle. I saw her perform this amazing version at her London gigs in February and October London and was priviledged to meet her after the show. The clip below is taken from the Wolverhampton show but it gives you the idea.

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