Joyful Times with Joie Mitchell Tan
Seated on a high stool, Joie Mitchell Tan was the very picture of a chirpy 17-year-old who was clearly suffering from a bout of mild stage fright prior to the start of her set at Yfest on 23 June 2012.
“I’m not confident enough to play the guitar and sing at the same time, so Clement here will be playing the guitar. He’s really good!” Joie quipped, explaining Clement’s presence on stage.
Starting her set with a mash-up of both the Grammy award-winning song, “This Love” by Maroon 5, and “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, she grabbed the attention of the audience from the get-go with this random yet pleasing number. I was surprised with her ability to make the songs quintessentially “Joie”, yet capturing the essence of both Adam Levine and Justin Bieber.
Singing through “Fix You” by Coldplay, she performed a song that had garnered over 19,000 views on her Youtube channel – “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. This cover amplified her innate ability to channel emotions through her voice, hypnotizing the audience with the raw emotions that one could feel just by listening.
What surprised me at this point of the performance was Joie’s apology. “My voice isn’t really good right now, I just came back from three camps, so please forgive me if I go out of tune.”
Her cover of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys wowed the audience once again, this time stopping even the older generation of passers-by, as she impressed those present with her vocal prowess and ability to cover a song that requires extreme vocal control and lungpower.
Following the mood of the set, she covered Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”. I have to admit, this sounded a lot better than her cover that was uploaded on Youtube. Free from the pitch problems that could be heard on her video, this rendition of Mraz’s song further proved her ability to cover songs of all genres and difficulty. By now, I’ve all but fallen in love with her voice, which had a somewhat husky sound to it.
Completely changing the mood of the set, she covered “Toxic” by Britney Spears. What really struck me at this point in time was how much her voice reminded me of Sierra Kusterbeck from VersaEmerge. This upbeat acoustic arrangement had the younger ones in the crowd tapping their feet or bopping along to the catchy rhythm of dance-pop hit.
Ending the set on a high, she performed the all-famous song by David Guetta feat. Sia, “Titanium”. This acoustic arrangement not only amplified the meaning of the song, giving it an almost emotional edge to the song that one might miss in the original version, it also showcased Joie’s vocal range.
Joie Mitchell Tan has definitely proved that age does not matter when it comes to natural talent. We look forward to what this Lasalle student has up her sleeve in the future!
1. “This Love” by Maroon 5 and “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber Mash-up
2. “Fix You” by Coldplay
3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
4. “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
5. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
6. “Toxic” by Britney Spears
7. “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia.
Photo by Lionel Boon; courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay