A Very Special Evening With Peyton At Pikes

Posted on September 13, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

Almost exactly a year ago, we interviewed our friend and much-loved Ibiza resident Peyton after he narrowly missed out on a place in The X Factor live shows. Despite the public uproar over his eviction, at the time he told us, “For me, to get to where I got and to have this reaction from the public was so positive and affirmative that I have no regrets. I’m happy to get on now with the next chapter.” True to his word, ‘getting on with it’ is exactly what he did, and so we found ourselves at the famous Pikes Ibiza last night at the showcase of Peyton’s brand new album, Sinners Got Soul Too.

Hot on the heels of the release of the first single and video from the American soul singer’s upcoming record, a powerful track called When They Go Low, Peyton invited friends, family and fans to join him at the legendary White Isle hotel for an intimate poolside gig. With his audience gathered in the ambiently lit grounds of the sprawling finca, which also features in the artwork and video for the track, the setting couldn’t have been more perfect, not least because Pikes has always been a place that has championed self expression, love and tolerance – a message which is an integral part of Peyton’s music.

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The showcase took us on a musical journey that included both meaningful and personal songs from the singer and songwriter’s past, as well as his new material, which, he told us last year, reflects a “grown-up” Peyton. Looking as dapper as ever, he opened with one of the house anthems that has seen him become one of the most recognised and revered voices in dance music, I’ll Rise, performing the stripped back version that also wowed The X Factor judges and audience during his first audition. It only took seconds for his powerful voice and the emotive lyrics to have us breaking out in goose bumps, a sentiment that was echoed as the audience broke out in applause.

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Next up, Peyton introduced his new single When They Go Low, which was inspired by Michelle Obama’s powerful speech against bullying. Admitting to feeling disillusioned in today’s political climate, the songwriter said that the former First Lady’s talk had inspired him to compose the song, a haunting ballad with an important message. He said, “In these times, we desperately need hope. But we can’t fight fire with fire; we have to fight it with love. There are more good people in the world than bad, and I know this because I have met them.” For many – including ourselves – it was the first time they heard Peyton perform the song live, and once again he blew us away with his simply stunning voice and passion.

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Pouring his heart and soul into the showcase, the vocalist also shared a touching tribute to his husband with the audience, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he performed not only a song he had written for their wedding day, but also a touching ballad he had created for a fan’s wife’s 50th birthday. We really are not the overly emotional types, but we found ourselves sneakily wiping away a few tears as Peyton serenaded the crowd with the heartfelt words, testament to his amazing song-writing skills.

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As he announced the final track of the night, Higher Place, one audience member blurted out ‘this song changed my life’, reminding us once again the incredible effect that Peyton’s music has had on his fans from all over the world. And as he ended the evening with a screening of the When They Go Low music video, we have no doubt at all that he is just getting started!

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