Kanye West protégé Mr Hudson makes US debut

The singer battles illness at Los Angeles premiere

Kanye West‘s protégé, Mr Hudson, made his US debut in Los Angeles last night (July 13) for a packed house at the Troubadour.

Dressed all in white, the British singer was backed by a lively six-piece band replete with back-up singers and a steel-drum player. He previewed several songs from his forthcoming album, ‘Straight No Chaser’, for a mostly industry crowd.

“How are you, Los Angeles?” he asked after his first song. “It’s good to be here a long way from home.”

Before introducing his tune ‘Anyone But Him’, which features a duet with Kanye West, Hudson said, “A friend of mine raps on this song but he couldn’t be here tonight. He’s a busy boy.”

Hudson delivered a powerful set despite battling health problems. “I woke up with razor blades in my throat thinking this (show) wasn’t going to happen. But I went to see a guy in a white coat in Beverly Hills and here I am,” he told the crowd, who cheered back in response.

The singer closed his set with a rousing rendition of his popular single ‘Supernova’.

After the show, Hudson told NME.COM that he was concerned he wouldn’t be able to perform at his first American showcase. “I’ve dreamt of this for a long time. It’s just my luck to wake up ill…I had a shot in the ass of steroids to get through it,” he said.

Although it was his first Los Angeles performance, Hudson said he’s been to the sunny city many times and loves it, although he wouldn’t move here for fear of getting too “soft”. “I love it out here but the danger if I moved here is that I’d be too happy, wearing shorts and eating sushi and not writing any songs,” he laughed.

Hudson is scheduled to play another showcase in New York tomorrow (July 15) at the Canal Room, and said he intends to return to the US for a proper tour after his album is released this autumn.

Mr Hudson played:

‘White Lies’
‘Lift Your Head’
‘Anyone But Him’
‘Stiff Upper Lip’
‘Knew You Were Trouble’
‘Supernova’

–By our Los Angeles staff.
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