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Anjulie @ The Roosevelt, 1/28/09

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Anjulie performs at Teddy's. | Photos by Tim Hammer/LAist

Already anointed by many as a star in the making, even though the release of her self-titled debut album is still months away, Toronto born singer/songwriter Anjulie proved worthy of the early accolades with a first-rate 40 minute performance Wednesday night.

Teddy's, the hot spot housed inside the historic halls of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel which hosted the performance, may serve as an ideal playground for young Hollywood, but the layout of the lounge makes it a less desirable concert venue. Tucked away on a Claustrophobia-inducing stage in the rear of the club, while many of Teddy's patrons were busy buying $13 drinks; Anjulie, her band and backup singers somehow found a way to not only breathe but also put on a stellar performance.

There wasn't much breathing room for the crowd of people packed in front of the stage watching the show either. At one point In between songs, Anjulie requested that the audience dance with her. The thumping drums matched with her catchy lyrics were definitely dance-inducing but these were not the most ideal conditions for body moving. Head nodding ensued.

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These limitations of the venue, however, did not take anything away from the performance. Showcasing several tracks off the much anticipated album, which will be released through Starbucks/Concord's Hear Music label sometime in 2009, Anjulie displayed her eclectic array of musical influences. She touched on everything from 60's pop-soul with her lead single "Boom" to slowest of ballads in "Crazy That Way" to "Rain" an R&B tune that could fit right in on urban radio.