Jade Bird is only 21, but she doesn’t sound like it.
Her versatile, full-bodied vocals are as richly assured as her evocative songs, which address matters of the heart with a winning combination of maturity and vulnerability.
Drawing equally from rock, pop and Americana, this London-based troubadour also stands out for writing all of her songs entirely on her own.
Or as she told an interviewer in December: “I don’t want a middle-aged white man telling me how to write my feelings.”
Bird’s memorable San Diego debut show at the Casbah last year drew a small but enthusiastic audience that sang along to several of her selections.
Now, armed with her audacious self-titled debut album, Bird is on tour with Father John Misty and Jason Isbell. Both should have their work cut out for them taking the stage after her when they perform Saturday at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University.
Father John Misty, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, and Jade Bird: 7:30 p.m. June 6. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 5800 Aztec Walk, San Diego State University. $19.50-$99.50. ticketmaster.com