Nerve-wracked Rae shines bright on home soil return

Rae Morris performs at HMV Blackpool

Rae Morris performs at HMV Blackpool

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‘That is the most special gig I have ever done’

Singer-songwriter Rae Morris was unequivocal in her review of her album launch show at Blackpool’s HMV store last night.

Playing tracks from debut Unguarded to a 100-strong crowd in the Bank Hey Street music shop also topped the rankings for nerves.

“I had to keep my eyes shut,” the 22-year-old said.

“Every time I looked up I could see someone I knew.

“I was really nervous.

“Yes, that this is the most special gig I’ve ever done.”

Supporting her from the audience were parents Neil and Lesley, a host of family and friends, and even current pupils from her former school St George’s High in Marton.

Also there, enjoying a trip down memory lane was Sean Gallagher, owner of Stanley Park Cafe where Rae made her first public outing as a singer as part of a charity coffee morning.

“I knew as soon as she opened her mouth that she was something special,” he said. “And now I can hear the maturity in her voice coming through.”

Rae warmly greeted every person who queued to get a signed copy of Unguarded after the acoustic set.

As she took her seat behind the piano, an expectant hush fell and a magical atmosphere descended when Rae launched into track Don’t Go.

Between tracks she managed a few comments, ‘Oh my word, this is so weird’, ‘I can’t believe you’re all here to see me’ and even commented on the weather for her return.

Current single Under The Shadows was next up, although stripped back it was almost unrecognisable from the pop track winning major airplay on Radio 1 and Radio 2. She went on to do This Time, her next single release Love Again , Closer and closed with title track Unguarded - welcomed with a ‘whoop’ from dad Neil.

Read more from Rae’s return in tomorrow’s Gazette.