One Night Only: SoMo Entertains The Observatory North Park
Joseph-Somers Morales, better known to fans as SoMo, recently swooned hearts at The Observatory North Park. The concert hall was nothing like larger venues that lack intimacy. The renovated 1930s theatre offers two cocktail bars and crafty bites as its inside doors open up to West Coast Tavern.
With world class acoustics this venue was made for every kind of artist. SoMo quickly captured the audience with his sensual candlelit R&B ballads. The Texas native gave a steamy performance mixing new songs with his famous throw-back covers paired with a Magic Mike like sway. “My music is very sensual. So I like to match that on stage. Unbutton my shirt a little bit as the show goes,” Somers-Morales laughs. “It’s all in good fun. I don’t want to be too serious.”
“We’re super stoked. San Diego is always exciting. I’ve had one of my best shows here [and] I’ve done ten tours,” he says. Vevo’s ‘dscvr ONES TO WATCH 2017’, Stanaj, opened the show with his powerhouse melodic voice. The emerging star showcased his range sometimes without the mic using the high-ceiling venue to its entirety.
SoMo is currently headlining his 11th tour, Less Stress More Love, after signing to Republic Records in 2013. Somers-Morales exudes a celebrity-esque yet mature essence. “It feels like my time is coming. I am on Republic Records. They are the number one record in the world.” Republic artists include Ariana Grande, Drake, James Bay, The Weeknd, DNCE, and Lil Wayne to name a few. “I believe in them. They believe in me. It’s only a matter of time.”
The unstoppable performer opened up about life before breaking into the industry. “I wasn’t scared to pursue music. My father was a musician [and] wasn’t necessarily around. ” SoMo reflects to his adolescent years as a high school football star. “So I didn’t picture myself living that lifestyle.”
That thought quickly changed once he released his seductive breakthrough single. “When I released Ride I thought it’s time to go for it,” says Somers-Morales. In February of 2014, he released his self-titled debut album, which entered at #6 on the Billboard charts. Ride was certified platinum and remained in the Top 10 of the iTunes R&B chart for 25 consecutive weeks. “I really cliché quit my job and lived on a couch and wrote that first mix tape,” SoMo smiles.
Still in awe of his brink of fame he says, “I get nervous before performances like everyone else.” The singer/songwriter has a promising future. “I like to think my [music] is pretty romantic and respectful. I might have more risqué in this next album,” dropping hints towards his second full-length project. Fans can tune in to YouTube every weekend for #SoMoSunday to hear new original music and renditions.
Known for his southern drawl and unquestionable charm, fans may not know that Somers-Morales has a heart for charity. “I really want to get involved with Meals on Wheels. I recently had volunteered. It was eye-opening to see people who are in need.” The organization provides home-delivered meals to senior citizens. “To have that opportunity and use my voice to spread awareness for something like that is important,” he states.
The artist on the rise speaks to his loyal listeners, “my fans mean everything to me. I can’t do it without them…” That bond was clear once Somers-Morales stepped onto the stage wearing a black button down… girls were already screaming. “I try to be the best SoMo I could be.”
Slip on your little black dress and head to your charming neighborhood venue. Listen to everything from hip-hop, rock, pop to trap. The Observatory North Park’s upcoming shows include Gucci Mane, Jake Miller, Citizen Cope and MØ.