Nina Welcomes Year with A Concert and A New Album
Asia's Diamond Soul Siren Nina kicked off this year's concert season with a packed Music Museum solo show titled "Nina Reborn" last Friday, Jan. 25.
Coming out on stage bathed in bright lights, Nina - who donned a sexy white dress that highlighted her svelte figure - looked every bit the siren she is touted to be. More importantly, she sounded like one, too, as she delivered Christina Aguilera's "Wings," followed by a Jessie J medley and a spirited cover of Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," handling each one with much ease.
From there, Nina settled into an easy pace and treated her audience to a bunch of familiar covers tied into a neat medley of favorites: From her popular versions of "Love Moves (In Mysterious Ways)," "Somewhere Down The Road," "Loving You," "Piano In The Dark," to a pair of OPM covers, "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin," and "Hanggang Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan."
It was evident from the start that the show is not just about a display of Nina's vocal prowess but it aims to highlight an overlooked facet of the R&B singer's skills. Nina as a powerhouse singer is a given, but the seeming restraint she demonstrated that night was just as effective and lent her vocals more heft and soul. She seemed at times to be singing in a feathery hush, but it certainly felt like she was reaching out to every one of her audience.
More than the intimate feel of the show, Nina did not fret over the few technical miscues, not even over the wardrobe malfunction she almost had in one of times she changed costumes. The singer spoke into the microphone even when she was offstage, and bantered breezily with those near the rafters.
Right around the second wardrobe change, the concert featured a Mariah Carey segment that comprised of a medley of "Hero," "Through The Rain," and "Vision Of Love," that put Nina right in her elements. Before that, Nina readily acknowledged Carey as her hero and role model up to this day. …