Show Review: Chappell Roan

By Kayla Aquino-Gualderama

Chappell Roan | 3.25.18 | The Boardwalk | Orangevale, California

From Willard, Missouri, Chappell Roan, on tour with Declan McKenna, stands before us all. Long curly brown hair, and soft blue eyes we all seem to just melt in. Everyone in the room starts questioning their sexuality (I was suddenly full on gay), some are crying, and the girl hasn’t even spoken yet. When she does, with a very gentle and soft, “Hi.” Everyone swoons. But, none of us realized the power and pure talent we were about to be hit with.

Roan introduces her EP, School Nights, and begins singing the magic from there. The room is flooded with a rich, velvety tone, that we are all cozily blanketed in. The emotion in her voice broke our hearts and mended them all at the same time. One song that really struck our chords, was “Bitter.” A song we can all relate to on the side of love and loss that we don’t normally talk about openly. The vulnerability and trust was reciprocated within our homes we call our hearts and current surrounding.

After an emotional awakening we didn’t realize we needed, we were hit with a flawless cover of “Dreams” by The Cranberries. She discussed on her debate whether or not to record and release the cover. I think we can all agree that she definitely should!

Chappell Roan then met every, single, person at her merch stand at the end of Declan’s set. Not only was she beautiful on the outside, but was definitely beautiful on the inside. She has a heart of gold and so much love, ready to give. She signed her love on a free poster to everyone, and made sure we all felt it deeply. Her words were genuine and life changing, yet I believe she has no idea of the powerful mark she had left on us all.

Check out Chappell Roan’s latest release, School Nights, available on all music platforms.

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