Skye has achieved quite a following in SL since he began performing in 2009 and there is alot of talk of him achieving success in his first life too. In real life he is , 22 years old from Dallas and he has already collaborated with Rory Gallagher and ATB (see the links below) as he continues to develop as an artist. Will he be the first singer/musician to have a successful career which started in SL? There are alot of SL fans who hope so.
Of course the big problem with going to see a succesful and popular artist is the LAG. Expect soup, fog and grey avs. Most people don't bother to dance (although I did manage a slow one) and it is an achievement not to crash the sim. Patience is rewarded by Skye's performance. He never gives less than 100% and you will not care that you can't move as it is all about the sound, not the visuals.
I saw Skye perform at Elsewhere Cafe which was a lovely venue with lots of comfy seating as well as a large dance floor. Skye sat at his piano, his avatar a fawn but if I am honest I was closing my eyes and listening. His style was intense with a throaty, melodic voice raising above his dynamic and consuming piano backing. He mixed his own compositions with covers performed in his own original style.
His covers included Paradise by Coldplay and Creep by Radiohead. He often mixed one song straight into another seamlessly taking you on a journey, filled with emotion. The performance moved from uplifting and inspiring to desolate and tormented. The crowd responds to every song and he will often dedicate songs to friends. There is little chatter as most people seem absorbed and commented only on the performance.
It is hard to believe that a young man can be so accomplished and dedicated and I would urge people to go and see what the hype is all about to make up their own minds. If you can't face the lag you can find out more and hear some of his music on: