The Lotus Bloom EP was launched in February 2014 with a mesmerising performance by Jules and her talented band at the London Hippodrome. This was followed by dates at the Birmingham Garden Cafe and The Anchor in Manchester.
A review by Live Manchester:
“Jules Rendell took to the stage with her band (guitarist, keys, drummer and bassist) for what would be an outstanding set of her original material with a few well chosen and perfectly delivered covers. It was a set filled with excellent tracks incorporating elements of soul, jazz and funk as she exhibited her ability to fuse genres and move through styles with ease. This was unsurprising as her musical evolution has taken her through genres such as pop, jazz, gospel and even opera. Tracks such as What You Can Do showed this perfectly: a driven, lively blend of soul, jazz and funk with a cracking riff allowing Jules Rendell’s vocal and songwriting talents to truly shine. Her versatility was also evident as she moved to the keyboard for a stunning solo rendition of Waterfalls complete with a beautiful melody and a sensitive and subtle keyboard performance. Similarly, The Lotus Bloom started off with a stunning gentle opening before developing into a full bodied delight. Against this backdrop of outstanding musicality, Jules Rendell also had a natural ability to interact with the crowd, keeping every single person hooked from beginning to end as they applauded every song appreciatively. With an Aretha Franklin medley, an excellent twist on Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and an exceptional cover of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, she showed that not only is capable of writing and performing excellent songs but also of bravely taking classics and making them her own.”