It is amazing how talented singer/songwriters, may not become “over night hits”, even though they have an abundance of what it takes. Thankfully Daniel Dunlow at The Green Room 42, has an eye for talent and makes sure it is recognized. Never having heard of Spencer Day, I came not knowing what to expect. He has a voice like velvet with a soulful mastery of range. If you had to make comparisons, Michael Buble comes to mind. He is charming, intimate, personable and winning as he banters in-between song. Though being a performer is where Day’s heart lies, he excels in his songwriting and masterful arranging. When Day took to the piano, he took my breath away with discovery. He plays with a passion. A lot of his songs are self deprecation, which makes a ton of sense. I would be a little perturbed too if I had that much talent and still wasn’t well known. I can see how this would make one lose confidence. A lot of the songs came from his seventh album, Angel City.
The set list talked about his love/ hate relationships with New York City and LA. Starting off “Mystery of You,” he proved his human heart was a plaything that didn’t always make out too well. “The California Yes” and “Gold Digger (I Got Love)” should be a staple in the cabaret scene for it’s wit and insight. “Ghost of the Chateau Marmont,” is the start of a really good musical and it was then that I realized the way Spencer is going to rise to the heights he should is by writing a musical. He is that new young writer New York needs. he is the kind of songwriter that speaks to the audience and the broken souls that live within each of us. The romantic inside that yearns to connect, despite the heartbreak it has experienced. Day’s music and lyrics allow hope to radiate through the dark. Other highlights were “Lost in LA”, “72 and Sunny”, “Shadow Man” and “Somewhere on The Other Side.” The intimate moment when Day sang to his boyfriend a song he just wrote, “Keep Dancing With You” was tender.
Day also sang the standards “Going Out of My Head” and “Angel Eyes” and though they were performed well and arranged deliciously, they did not compare to Day’s originals.
Another surprising moment when we found out his amazing musicians; Alex Wintz on guitar, Aaron Seeber on drums and Noah Garabedien on bass were first timers having only met a couple of days ago. This tells me that Day is also a fabulous musical director and arranger.
Day is a #1 Billboard charting jazz singer and songwriter best known for his hit Jazz single “Till You Come Back to Me”. He also appeared on the CBS television network show Star Search in 2002–2003.
To all my producers and musician friends out there, Spencer Day is not to be missed and discovered. Spencer Day will be back to The Green Room 42 July 20th at 7pm as well as Aug 17th at 7pm.