Willow Smith — known mononymously as Willow when she performs — brought the house down with two emotional, high-energy performances on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend.
On Saturday, October 8, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter wowed the crowd with two songs from her new album, “Copingmechanism.”
The second episode of Season 48 of “SNL” was hosted by Brendan Gleeson, and both appearances by Willow were highlights of the show. For her second song, Willow performed the hard-rocking “Ur a Stranger,” which featured machine gun-like guitars that evoked a heavy metal vibe and vocals that were both emo and growling at times. Taking to the stage in a skinless black leather outfit, Willow’s look was accentuated with cat-eye eyeliner and a septum piercing.
“She used to be mine, now she’s yours and that’s fine,” she sang, grabbing the microphone.
Alternately shouting and crooning, she captivated the audience with her intensity. The song culminated in Willow smashing a bottle to the ground and hoisting her guitar through the screen of a TV in true rock star fashion.
“I’m so in awe of her talent,” one commenter wrote on YouTube. “She’s written some gems and her voice and voice control have gotten so good. Unfortunately, I think she’s still underrated because people keep writing her off because of her family ties. They’re missing out. She’s really fantastic.”
“I love when people put their art out there for people to feel however they want,” wrote another fan. “Rocken screams what a bad ass and I enjoyed the humble bow afterwards. Great Job Willow and band thanks for being you.”
“She sounds like Florence raged AGAINST the machine and I kind of live for it,” remarked another, referencing two stylistically different bands that Willow seemed to evoke.
Willow’s first song on “SNL” was definitely more subdued, but powerful nonetheless. She sang the seductive “curious/furious” and delivered the emo/punk tune with strong energy.
“Either side, win or lose, right or wrong, it’s a fight, it’s all in your mind, you better open wide,” she sang.
Jamming with her bandmates, she was clearly enjoying the moment and ended the song with a bow and a big smile.
Last season Willow joined Camila hair on stage to perform their song “Psychofreak” from Cabello’s album “Familia”. Judging by last night’s show, it was clear that Willow was ready to step onto the “SNL” stage as a solo artist.
Willow is often in the spotlight with her famous family. Her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, recently announced that she will be write a memoir which will describe her “complicated marriage” with the singer’s father, Will Smith.
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