Leslie Odom, Jr. stopped by the NPR places of work lately for his first Tiny Desk Concert, which was launched Tuesday (Nov. 12).
Flanked by a full band and a trio of feminine backup singers (together with spouse Nicolette Robinson!), the Broadway veteran opened his set with “Cold,” a theatrical ballad off of Mr, his debut solo album of authentic songs. Following the hopeful quantity, Odom, Jr. quipped about his skyrocketing fame within the wake of his starmaking flip as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton.
“A good friend of mine instructed me, ‘You should get used to it. You are a part of a cultural phenomenon in New York City and so, , that is what you get.’ So I really feel so blessed to have been part of Law & Order: SVU for 3 magnificent seasons,” he deadpanned as the group erupted into laughter.
Next, the star revealed Mr took greater than two years to put in writing and report earlier than launching into “Foggy,” a regret-filled ode to a Romeo and Juliet-style love that he referred to as “one of the most personal songs” on the undertaking. “Sorry may sound so trite to say my darling/ Let’s not get up today and maybe/ I’ll find a way to write this wrong,” he crooned over light piano, strummed guitar and tinkiling xylophone.
For the ultimate music of the set, Odom, Jr. selected “Hummingbird,” a violin-strewn “odd little bop” he dished was his two-year-old daughter Lucille Ruby’s favourite music on the album. “Hummingbird, you’re my little hummingbird/ Rest your wings on my flower/ Hoping one day you’ll land,” he sang on the observe’s jaunty refrain earlier than stepping the important thing up within the closing, belted chorus and being performed off by his band.
Watch the complete Tiny Desk Concert beneath.