After starting off the evening with "Suspicious Minds" and "Wild Night," Martina thanked everyone for coming out. She said that this show at the Hard Rock was a "last minute idea" she had about a week and a half hour ago. She wanted to do something cool for the fans to celebrate the release of her record and to give people a glimpse of her tour, which begins on May 8th. She said that the music she picked for the album, and what she would be playing on the tour, would be music that would have everyone "dancing and singing to their hearts content." And that was what many in the crowd of about two hundred people did that night, thoroughly enjoying every minute of Martina's performance.
Martina was backed by her regular band, plus a horn section, which she said she always wanted, and three back up singers, who not only sounded fantastic but were energetic and enthusiastic. She performed fifteen songs over an hour and a half including her favorite Aretha Franklin tune, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," as well as "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and "Come See About Me." She "stripped it down a bit," but "not literally," she laughingly added, for "Little Bit of Rain" and a beautiful cover of "By Your Side" by Sade. One of the highlights of the night was when she covered Pink's "Perfect." She told the fans that this song was specifically for them; that at times life gets people down and discouraged and we do not think the best of ourselves. She wanted to remind everyone that the lyrics from that song are the "truth and don't you forget it."
Additionally, she performed two songs that are duets on the album, "In The Basement" (with Kelly Clarkson) and "Bring It On Home" (with Gavin DeGraw). She closed with "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted."
After chants of "Martina" from the crowd, she and the band emerged for an encore of songs including "This One's For The Girls," that had the crowd on their feet, cheering and singing along.
With Everlasting, Martina demonstrates her versatility while making these classic soul songs her own. Be sure to pick up Everlasting, which is available everywhere.
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