In Your Hands: Albany, NY June 14
Albany, Albany, Albany --- WHAT a time we had last night! It's always fun when the crowd gets so into it, and boy were each and everyone of you! The Sugarpit was rocking from the moment you all walked in with your neon "In Your Hands" themed outfits and crazy number of signs. Our band seemed to get the memo that people were dressing up for this show because they were all sporting their finest ties. Only the best for you, Albany!
Nicole Dorey, 15, was one of the first brave souls to grace the stage with us. We brought her on stage during "Everyday America" while her friends and family screamed and cheered her on from the crowd. When the show was over, Nicole was taken backstage for a surprise interview with Kristian – how awesome is that?! Nicole and friends told Kristian that, "they have the best memories from the show and they will last a lifetime!" After all, isn't that what this In Your Hands tour is about?
The outrageous and intricate signs were one of the most memorable parts of the show. Some honorable mentions included a feather and winged sign that flew when Kristian grabbed hold of it, and a laminated peace sign that Jennifer pointed out specifically. "Who made this sign? You have to be a teacher?! What do you teach?" she screamed out to the crowd. Turns out the sign was actually made by a third grade teacher. Later on the two shared a moment that only Jennifer can have with a single audience member in a packed theatre.
Another special moment in the night was brought to you by Sugarland but created by the audience. During the song "Tonight" the audience swayed back and forth together embracing the meaning behind the melody. It was moments like this that will make last night unforgettable for everyone!
Our "Sing with Sugarland" winner from radio station WGNA, Courtney O'Dell, may have been a newbie when it came to singing with Sugarland, but she's no stranger to the Times Union Stage! Courtney sang in the arena in the past, but never to a crowd this rambunctious and large. However, that didn't keep the smile from her face beginning to end during their rendition of "Baby Girl"!
This particular song kept another smiling as well. Earlier in the night Jennifer mentioned a written sign that told the story of a woman adopting her own baby girl from Africa TOMORROW. She found the woman in the crowd and asked her the name and age of the soon-to-be adopted girl. The mother responded that her name was Grace and she was 6 months and several days old. When "Baby Girl" started up, Jennifer dedicated the song to her and the precious new baby! The crowd, of course, beamed with happiness.
Jennifer ended the spectacular night by sincerely turning to the crowd and saying, "We appreciate you guys and will always remember you, will you remember us?" then wrapped up the show with "Sugarland" as the encore.
Thank you again, Albany! We hope to be back one day! We will remember you, will you remember us?