Torrence’s Take On “Sunday Best” Episode 2

Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, March 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm.

So, I finally got a chance to watch last night’s episode…and…I cracked up!  Is it just me or was this episode extra hilarious? Let’s get into it shall we?

Now I’m all for a new “arrangement” or “interpretation” of a classic hymn, but one thing I noticed as a judge in DC and overall is that folks hide behind their arrangements when in reality, they just can’t sing the melody.  The woman who opened the show I’m thinking fell into that category. I won’t discuss the unicycle.

Y’Anna Crawley, I have absolutely nothing to say to your ridiculously singing self! Jesus! I just felt the “whoosh.” (That’s the moment RIGHT BEFORE you get up out your seat to run, shout, speak in tongues, fall out or any combo thereof.)

John McClure was one of the more refreshing male voices I got to hear in the audition process.  I was a judge in 2 of the rooms he auditioned in and I voted to push him through each time.  I’ll tell you why. John (and a few others) guys in DC really impressed me with their ability to…..can I be direct? With their ability to sound like guys.  Stop pretending you don’t know what I’m talking about, but for a while now in music in general, it’s been a little rough for dudes with lower or more masculine voices.  If you had no really high notes, we’d say you were “alright” or “had no range” and be over it.  Well in DC, it was refreshing to see guys who sounded like guys who made you pay attention and appreciate them.  I was not mad!

Torrence loves the kids, so I’m going to be real careful about what I say here.  Whoever is that 11 year old boy’s choir director, is going to have to teach that young man the difference between his “choir voice” and his “solo voice.”  That vibrato was a little much, but hey, he was 11.  He has all the time in the world to learn, now for adults with the same problem? Not sure what to tell ya.

I’ll admit, I was a little wary of Sharon Gomez when she walked into that judging room with her bible?  I was afraid she might try and preach and be “deep.”  But her voice was soft and beautiful. (Isn’t that a perm or something?) If Sunday Best doesn’t work out for her, I’d love to hear her do an album of gospel lullabyes. (Hush!)

Clifton Ross, I LIKED YOUR SWEATER!  Aside from that though, Clifton could really sing.  I can’t wait to hear what he does in the competition. I got to hear him sing a few times throughout the DC audition process, and he’s really got a voice on him. Don’t sleep!

Remember Danetra? She auditioned in all 3 cities and still didn’t make it? I got a feeling you’re going to see her again really soon.  And I personally thought she was really good too. 

As I watched the show and as I write this blog, it really started to hit me how difficult Mary Mary and Bebe’s jobs are. You only have 20 slots to fill but so many people who can really blow.  I think we all agree some really good singers got cut.  Bridgette Campbell-Croft auditioned in the online casting, Atlanta, and DC.  This woman SINGS! She’s another contestant who came through one of my audition rooms in DC.  She really blew us away. 

I have no words for that “lady” in the track jacket who attempted to bark “My Life Is In Your Hands” while Kirk sat in pure Blair Witch fear.  Kirk, I would have helped you if I could have! ha! She actually auditioned in one of my judging rooms as well.  Stephen Hurd, Maurette Brown-Clark and I have an inside joke on this one and we’re going to keep it that way! Hehehe.

Luther Griffin’s was one of those auditions that leave you shaking your head.  Not because it’s necessarily bad, but because something just doesn’t seem “right.”  He almost sounds like a cartoon character of some kind.  I just expected a different voice to come out of him….and one did!

Now I’m going to rant for just a sec.  Bear with me.  There was a young man who auditioned in DC named Byron Nichols whom they showed for just a few seconds and was called a “one note blunder.”  Do not be tricked folks! That dude can SING! Do you hear me? I mean REALLY sing  in that “I could be a vocal coach” kind of way.  Maybe his nerves got to him on that one note they showed but hear me when I tell you, that brother is sick with it. (Yeah, I was one of his preliminary judges too!)

Guitar boy?  If you can’t play it, don’t bring it.

I’m almost done, but I have to give a special mention to Jessica Reedy, the contestant who closed the show.  She, in one day’s time, became one of my favorite singers. Period. Everytime she opened her mouth, she brought me to tears, literally. (Folks were laughing at me and I didn’t currrrrrrr!)  She is not one to miss. TRUST ME!

Well, that’s it and I’m out.  Check back tomorrow for my guest blogger, Vashawn Mitchell to weigh in with his 3 cents on Sunday’s episode and make sure to listen to Praise 100.9FM tomorrow to hear me recap the show with Melanie Clark @ 1 p.m. (ET). 

Torrence

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Comments

Rein Said on

They slept on Bridgette and Danitra… that’s all i have to say.



Byron L. Nichols Said on

Torrence, you are VERY accurate in your thoughts about the whole show. I am LOVING this for gospel music!!!! And you are very kind to me, as well. Thank you for your very kind — and true! — words.

Now, I will just have to prove it now, huh?

All in all, I am amazed at my sister and goooood friend, Y’Anna Crawley.

You’re my ONLY source for Sunday Best newz.

:)



Ain Said on

I really relate to that feeling that I recieved from Y’anna Crawley. I felt just like I was in service and about to just start to shout. What I seemed to get from this young lady, was the spirit, that she was filled with the Holy Spirit. She was awesome!!!!!!

As for men sounding like men, what a relief.



muziqual Said on

Two words–Jessica Reedy.

This lady is THE TRUTH! She killed it in DC. Not only that she has a humble pressence, sweet spirit, and voice. I want her to soar to heights where only the sky is the limit. She is talented, beautiful, and I can’t wait to see more from her.



Ebony Said on

Jessica Reedy, What can I say… I have watched this young lady with a broken heart transform into a powerful women of God, when she opens here mouth an Annointed, Angelic sound just takes over the atmosphere, you can’t help but to cry and call on the name of Jesus!!! I am proud to call her my daughter in ministry and I pray that God will Manifest his glory and miracles in her life if for nothing else, for her obedience in answering her call and using her gift to give him ALL the GLORY!! Love Ya Jessi!!!, Lady 1st



Tia Said on

Go Yannie you know you rock always, I enjoyed every one else including the comedians as well, love you girl your bff, lol



GAD Said on

John McClure was it! Nice to see a man loving God, married, and giving such a wonderful gift back to the Body of Christ.

Sorry, BeBe… I would not have said sweet… but it was like butta!



reggie Said on

Man, i hate to be the one who appears to be looking at the glass half full, but, what the heck happened to the ORIGINAL message of the Gospel?? All this stuff seems like pure entertainment, it has nothing to do with the mandate of the GOSPEL.
Now, don’t get me wrong…as an African American myself i understand the divine connection between black people and the Gospel\Bible. All through slavery, black people crowded into churches and sang and praised all night long. But, during that time, they also produced some of the greatest preachers to ever walk the earth. These men went forth and changed the course of black America. That deffinately is not the story today, obviously.
It’s just soo sad to see the gospel being used in this fashion…in a cheap, vain, fashionless way. Now, i truly understand the part in the Bible where people are standing before Jesus Christ and he responds to them….”Depart from me, i never knew you” (book of mathew).
Brother in christ.



reggie Said on

Man, i hate to be the one who appears to be looking at the glass half full, but, what the heck happened to the ORIGINAL message of the Gospel?? All this stuff seems like pure entertainment, it has nothing to do with the mandate of the GOSPEL.
Now, don’t get me wrong…as an African American myself i understand the divine connection between black people and the Gospel\Bible. All through slavery, black people crowded into churches and sang and praised all night long. But, during that time, they also produced some of the greatest preachers to ever walk the earth. These men went forth and changed the course of black America. That deffinately is not the story today, obviously.
It’s just soo sad to see the gospel being used in this fashion…in a cheap, vain, fashionless way. Now, i truly understand the part in the Bible where people are standing before Jesus Christ and he responds to them….”Depart from me, i never knew you” (book of mathew).
Brother in the Lord.



siani-alycia Said on

This is susposed to be Sunday’s Best! A gospel show! You are complaining about how she walked in there with her bible, HELL0! are you serious?!?!?
This Just comes to show…



Renita Clayton-Smith Said on

Y’Anna Crawley is one of the BEST Contestant on Season 2. She is very talented. I grew up with some of her relatives and not only is she talentive, her whole family. Just like the Winans, her family could have been another family who sings. If they ALL were outside sitting on the porch, you could hear them all as you pass by in a car or walking down the street. You would stop and wonder where is this singing coming from. It was Y’anna’ family. Anyway, she is awesome and I wish the best for her. God Bless You.

Renita



Linda Said on

Yannie,
I just kept rewinding and rewinding the DVR last night just to hear you sing “I don’t feel No Ways Tired”. This is not the easiest song to sing, however, you sang this song with true conviction and ministered complete with scripture! You have such a soulful voice that captures the attention of any audience! You have always been a true believer of God. Not once have I ever witnessed you becoming full of yourself. God has given you a gift that no other can taketh away from you no matter what you may read, see, or hear, etc… Keep that beautiful smile and your head to the sky because you are not arrogant, never have been and never will be. I believe you will never forget where you came from because that is your everlasting Godly spirit.

I always tell you “GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO I”.



Linda Said on

Yannie is simply an AWESOME singer. Keep on praising the LORD. All good things come to those who wait. Your time has arrived. GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO I. Auntie