Danielle Livingston showcased her vocal abilities at Froggy’s Topanga Fish Market Restaurant, on Feb. 23. Randy Chance, Marque Strong and the Great Adventure, Herbie G. and Johnny White and Sebastian Sage were also on the bill.
Sage accompanied Danielle Livingston after his set, with an acoustic guitar.
Terence Davis, president of Malibu Music Awards and Festival, introduced Livingston. He remembered the first time they met and complimented her musical range. Sage was requested to remain on stage after his set and she began her set with a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”.
Livingston followed Franklin’s hit with an original song, “For The Good”. Sage and Livingston faced each other, as she sang and he continued to strum his acoustic guitar. After receiving a response of a round of applause and loud cheers, they briefly talked amongst themselves and decided which song to perform next.
After the momentary discussion, Sage played a lengthy instrumental introduction to Alicia Key’s “If I Ain’t Got You”. Afterwards, she received a much louder response by the audience. She went onto finish her first set with Gavin Degraw’s “Sweeter”. Then, she told the audience she would be back a little later. Davis walked on stage, praised her one more time and reminded the audience she would be back for an encore.
Before Livingston began her second set, she mentioned Whitney Houston would always be her idol. She went onto say the next song is the only one she will attempt by Houston. During the opening chords, two audience members complimented Livingston’s talent. Sage continued to play the acoustic guitar with her and she covered “Saving All My Love For You”.
When Livingston’s ode to Houston came to end, she followed the performance by covering Gloria Gaynor’s hit “I Will Survive”. Sage adjusted the tempo of the tune throughout the song, as he continued to play. Every time it would slow down, the audience would cheer. During the chorus, the majority of the audience sang along with her.
After covering Gaynor’s disco hit, Livingston thanked the audience for their applause. She ended her final performance on a high note and introduced the next song, “A Little More Faith”. As Sage began the song with an instrumental, she gave a brief description as to where the inspiration came from. Before parting the stage, she thanked the audience for their continued support.