Jaheim along with Chrisette Michele performed at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the Appreciation Tour.
New York City native Chrisette Michele, briefly spoke of her love of “being back home”. Along with two backup singers over track, she sang hits from her sophomore album Epiphany, title track “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)” as well as “Blame it on Me” and “What You Do”. The lack of a band was not an issue to the crowd because of her beautiful voice. She continued with songs “Supa” and “Charades”, concluding with “A Couple of Forevers” from her current album Better.
Headlining artist Jaheim shortly came to the stage after an intro highlighting his musical career played discussing album and career successes. He performed several hits from albums including “Ain’t Leavin Without You”, “Could It Be”, “Anything” and “Put That Woman First”. From the Appreciation Day album, he performed “Baby X3” and got the older women excited with “Age Ain’t a Factor”.
Continuing with the “grown and sexy” theme, after a music interlude he took the audience back with Luther Vandross’ “A House is not a Home” and Teddy Pendergrass’ “Close the Door” eventually moving forward to sing his new single “Chase Forever”. Towards the end of the night, he pleased ladies with his crowd walk performance of “P**** Appreciation Day” having them run from all angles of the venue to grab a touch or picture. Jaheim ended the night with “Just In Case”, rewarding audience members with signed posters clothing and other memorabilia.
Although I wasn’t familiar with many of the newer songs, I still enjoyed myself. There were no special dance moves, but my company, the music and Jaheim’s talented voice were enough enjoy the night.