Strong voice with showmanship
Making new music is hardly a reinvention for Pink with her manager, Roger Davies, calling it “just a continuation of the previous records” — that is, 13 well-crafted pop songs that can get her back on the road.
“I’m a ticket-seller,” Pink said, crediting Davies, who has managed Tina Turner, Cher, Joe Cocker and Sade, with conceptualizing her live-centric strategy.
Though she has had hits and sold millions, Pink was still opening for Justin Timberlake well into her career; she pointed to an airborne, water-soaked performance of the non-single ballad Glitter in the Air at the 2010 Grammys as a turning point, when people woke up to her strong voice and showmanship.
And, yes, she’s seen the memes about her reliance on flying stunts.
“How many times do you see the same artist get up and lip-sync and dance?” she countered.
“And you’re mad at me for doing something none of them can do? And I sing live!”
Meanwhile, a group of Broadway artists are working on an emotional cover of Dear Mr. President, the open letter Pink sang to George W. Bush in 2006 that remains relevant a decade later during Donald Trump’s presidency.