MARTIN AND MALAYA. Martin Nievera introduces American Idol season 13 top 7 contestant Malaya Watson before her special performance.
MARTIN AND MALAYA. Martin Nievera introduces American Idol season 13 top 7 contestant Malaya Watson before her special performance.

The second Martin Nievera concert held on Dec. 26, 2014 at the Henry Ford II High School auditorium lived up to expectations as a much livelier show than the first concert staged by the top Filipino singer and songwriter held on Nov. 2, 2014.

Concert goers interviewed by the Filipino Star News said they were greatly impressed by the second concert as they noted that it was an entirely different show.

The participation of the Las Vegas-based Big Mouth Band contributed largely to the success of the second concert produced by couple Marivi and Danny Sells.

The band members were described by Nievera himself as “gifted musicians.” They are George Bryant, drums; Cocho Arbe,- keyboards; David Inamine, drums; Pablo Gadda, guitar; and Jami Pomerleu and Edward Granadosin, backup singers. Lorrie Ilustre, keyboards, is the band’s musical director.

An intermission performance by Top 7 American Idol contestant Malaya Watson, a Filipino American, added excitement to the show. Malaya showcased her vocal power when she sang Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing.’

Commenting on the talents of Filipino singers, Nievera said that in every international singing competition, Filipino contestants are always feared by their rivals.

Returning to the stage after Malaya’s intermission number, Nievera belted out popular songs such as the “On the Right Track,” “Be My Lady,”    

“Story of My Life,” “Ikaw,” “Pasko,” and “I Believe.”

His superb rendition of “This is the Moment” drew a standing ovation.

In the first segment, he sang classic songs which included “Under My Skin,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Delilah,” and “It’s Not Unusual To Be Loved by Anyone.”

Many of the concert goers said they got their money’s worth.

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