Morgan Saint first burst onto the scene in 2017, blowing up the alternative pop scene with her debut EP, 17 Hero. Her sound is dark and relaxed, not unlike Lorde or Banks, and her live shows feature minimal production with focus on her emotional and angelic vocals. She’s toured the country since the release of her EP, and her hits “You” and “Just Friends” have garnered millions of streams. Morgan Saint provides more than music to her fans; she is an example to young people everywhere that embracing your differences makes you admirable, strong and divine in your existence.
I stood feet from Saint at her recent Los Angeles show at The Troubadour, and was struck by her magnetic stage presence. Judging by the other faces around me in the audience, I was clearly not alone in this sentiment. The crowd was a sea of eccentrically colored hair; a crayon box of blues to lavenders to neon greens–all illuminated by glow sticks and echoes of light from the stage. This was one of the most attentive audiences I’ve ever seen, staring up lovingly at the singer, too mesmerized by the performance to have side-conversations. Saint did enough dancing for everyone, complete with the ultimate stank-face while sliding to different sides of the stage to make faces for the cameras. Her boldness while singing coupled with her sweet and childlike voice when speaking directly to the audience emphasized her message–you can be shy and fierce at the same time.
She ended the set with “New Regime,” dedicating the song to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. Speaking to that all too familiar feeling of not belonging in high school, she touched on being lonely and having trouble finding a friend group that would accept her. She then started the song, turning the struggles of growing up into an anthem of resilience and dancing to the very feelings that tormented her for years. Saint’s final words of the night were, “It’s way fucking cooler to be different,” a phrase which resonated through the venue and ran through my mind on the drive home.
Truly, Morgan Saint is a beacon of hope for those who feel alone in their individuality or too unusual to be successful.