Last weekend, I was one of 190,000 lucky Sydney-siders who got to see Adele in concert. I’ve been a huge fan of Adele’s for years – she’s not only a beautiful and authentic soul, she also has a voice that cuts to your core emotionally, especially in her sad love ballads.
Adele did a great job of engaging the crowd throughout her performance by telling personal stories and it was interesting to hear her talk about how nervous she felt in the moments leading up to the start of the concert. Even though Adele has performed at hundreds of venues to huge audiences, the crowd of 95,000 at each Sydney concert was her biggest audience to date.
On the journey to being a performer, whether it’s at Adele’s level or in a local band like my group, The D’Lights, getting out of your comfort zone and overcoming bigger and bigger challenges comes with great reward.
Some of the major personal growth moments that stand out for me as a performer include:
- Performing in public for the first time
- Auditioning for and performing in front of my work colleagues in the Caltex Australia band, Running on Empty
- The many months of rehearsals and studio sessions required to produce an album with Harmony In Worship; and
- Learning and performing 40 songs without my singing partner, Dominique, at a last-minute gig last year
In the spirit of getting out of my comfort zone, this week’s video is a little different – it’s my tribute to Adele by performing one of my favourite songs from her 21 album: Take It All.
It’s unedited – just me in my living room with speaker and a backing track! Here is my version of Take It All:
My challenge for you this week is to get out of your comfort zone and do something you haven’t done before – ideally, something that terrifies you!
If you take up this challenge, please leave a comment below and let me know.
Have a wonderful week!