If ever there was a checklist for success in the music industry, 24-year-old pop singer Christina Perri has found it. Eeek out the traditional life of the starving artist by working as a waitress in Los Angeles. Check. Write snappy, witty songs about ex-lovers. Check. Get song picked up by a major TV shows called “Glee” and/or “So You Think You Can Dance.” Check. Sell a million singles in 33 days and start an nationwide tour. Check.
There might be a few steps missing, but you get the point. Christina Perri is on a roll, and she brought that formula of success to the Bluebird Theater Tuesday night.
Promoting “Lovestrong,” which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard album charst in late July, Perri belted out her pop anthems like she’s been singing them for years. And she has. Even if it might have been in front of her bathroom mirror or in the shower as she admits when introducing songs.
Fans applauded and sang as a collective to Perri’s songs, “Arms,” “Miles,” “Bang Bang Bang,” “Penguin,” and of course the song that propelled it all, “Jar of Hearts.”
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.