Torrence’s Take On “Sunday Best” Episode 3

Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 10:03 am.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  Finally some real performances. No more 20 second acappella wonders!

The show opened with judges Mary Mary performing their hit “God In Me” with Kierra “KiKi” Sheard. I wasn’t mad.  (That song is my own personal theme music.)  But I did chuckle a bit when the 20 finalists came out to “reprise” it.  I think the “oddness” (is that a word?) of it had to do with their nerves. This was the first real performance of the entire competition.  I’m not going to hold that against them. I’m going to congratulate them for making it this far. Like I’ve said before, they have more guts than me!!!

Before I get into the performances though, I know Bebe Winans must have felt some kind of way when the contestants appeared. Those cardigans, dress shirts, and loosely worn ties looked awfully reminiscent of Clifton Ross’ geek chic audition outfit that he didn’t like so much.   Oh yeah, and nice glasses Bebe! Ha!

Let’s dig in, shall we?

First up, Tammy Turner. I had high expectations for Tammy because I remembered her DC preliminary auditions.  She had some of those judges split on whether to advance her, but ultimately got to sing for Mary Mary and BeBe Winans. I thought she was “good”  last night but I think my expectations probably got the best of me.  That’s also a hard song to sing, so I’m still giving it up to her!

Next, Clifton Ross.  That dude sang the life, death and resurrection out of that song!  Clifton is one of those tenors with an amazing high range, but the placement of that song is still pretty difficult for even the highest and strongest of voices. But hear me, HE SANG THAT! And who knew he had a “growl” in him?! Amazing!

Camille Betton followed with a rendition of one of my favorite old school hymns, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”  I agree with one of the judges in that I probably wouldn’t have necessarily chosen that song because it doesn’t showcase all of the amazing voice she has. (I know, because someone got me a copy of her demo and it’s now in rotation on my iPod!)  But by the time she got to the vamp, she was in her element and saved what could have easily been just an OK song.

I must admit, Jeff Spain wasn’t necessarily on my list of fav’s in the competition. Normally,  I’d advise most male singers to stay FAR AWAY from a lead vocal made famous by Walter Hawkins, especially someone new to gospel! But he definitely tailored Donald Lawrence’s “Seasons” to his voice and made a believer out of me. I’m curious to see if his lack of “church chops” will prove difficult for him in the long run. You know how y’all church folks can be!

Sidebar: Did anyone catch Danetra Moore on stage on background vocals? I told you you’d see more of her!  She may have gotten turned down in all 3 audition cities, but homegirl got a gig out of the deal.  *Tap ya neighbor and say it with me: “I’M NOT MAD.”*

It’s no secret that Jessica Reedy is one of my favorites in this competition and last night she did not disappoint. “Just A Prayer Away” is another hard song to sing.  Yolanda Adams? Hello? You could hear a bit of a rough patch in the beginning of the song, but she worked it out.  Her vocal control really is something special and she’s so sincere.  Did you catch that low note on the end? Range goes both ways folks. Yeah, I’m a fan, sue me!

Now somebody tell me how Jonathan Johnson slipped by me.  I don’t remember him from the audition episodes at all.  He surprised me with his David Ruffin-esque rendition of “The Lord Will Make A Way.”  (For those of you under the age of 30 or who have never watched Vh1 on a Saturday/Holiday, David Ruffin is the late and GREAT lead singer of The Temptations. Study to show yourselves approved asap.)

Latice Crawford laid me ALL THE WAY OUT with her almost flawless rendition of “Peace Be Still” made most famous by the vocal powerhouse that is Vanessa Bell-Armstrong.  I watched the show at a friend’s house and almost got put out because I started throwing things!  She did have this one “praise dancer” move she kept doing with her left hand that made me laugh, but that could not take away from her utter demolition (in a good way) of that song!  She even gave me a little something to take with me throughout the week when she ad-libbed “He doesn’t abide by rules!”  Oh yeah, Latice, last night was yours! What tongue was that you were speaking in BeBe? Ha!

Kalind Haynes sang Richard Smallwood’s “Center Of My Joy.” It wasn’t bad. Yeah, I want to say something else, but umm, that’s about it.

Audrey Lewis sang the Andrae Crouch and Sunday afternoon service solo standard, “Amazing Grace Shall Always Be My Song Of Praise.” Audrey’s voice and style are so youthful.  When you see her, you don’t expect that voice to come from her.  There’s something about her I just like.  Can’t call it, but she makes me smile!

Zebulon Ellis took it straight to church and closed out the show with “God Is Standing By.” I would have left the high note out of the end, but he really sang well.  He reminds me of that singer in your church that you wait for.  It’ll be a long and drawn out service where you’re ready to hunch over, put up your right index finger and “tip out.” But you don’t, because you know Zebulon is on the program and you just have to hear what he’s going to do, and it will all be worth it.

So next week, we’ll find out who the 5 finalists from last night’s group will be.  Here are my predictions:

1. Clifton Ross
2. Jessica Reedy
3. Latice Crawford
4. Zebulon Ellis
5. I can’t call the 5th one, but it’s between Jeff Spain and Camille Betton

What do you think? Did I get anything wrong? Let a brotha know!

I’m out!

Torrence

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Janice L. Woods-Wills Said on

My hat goes out to all of the ten singers.

But my girl Audrey Lewis (Mama Lewis) we go way back to High School (Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago) has the voice of an Angel. I have heard Audrey sing a number of times and everytime she bless my soul. God has and will continue to anoint her voice and ministries. When I saw on Sunday, she reminded me of Shirley Caeser.



Diane Said on

Hey Terrance,

Let me know if you want to hear Mama Lew’s CD! Keep doing what you do.



anita Said on

TO GOD BE THE GLORY. LATRICA CRAWFORD DID HER THING WITH THAT. SONG. I CAN LIST TO HER ALL DAY . SHE CAN BRING THE ANNOINTING IN THE HOUSE SHE SHOULD BE SUNDAY BEST



Betty Said on

Audrey Lewis is truly gifted by God. Her heart comes through her beautiful voice and spirit. She was definitely the best!!



Damian Douglas Said on

Latrice Crawford and Cliff my favorites. But then again most of the 10 were good.



bebi Said on

I totally agree with your comment regarding Jessica—range does go both ways. I think her sound is refreshing because you don’t hear lower ranges in female recording artists. I really enjoyed her because everybody is not a soprano. LOL.



Nikki Said on

It was a good fist week, however I do feel that some of these folks sound better than Mary Mary. Although they do have the money and the records doesn’t always prove that your the best or have the ability to sing better than others.

As far as the contestants I hope that they all do well and that they are all competing for the right reasons, they truly love and believe in what they are singing. I’m not the judge God is. Good Luck to everyone.



Angela A Jackson Said on

I thought all the contestants sounded really great some better than others, but all of them were great! My favorites are Cliff, Kalind, Jessica and Latice. I felt God’s annointing touch Clifton and Latice’s voices in a very special way. I thought I was in Church!!! I understand that this is a contest but when you are singing about God i think the realness that they exhibit makes it even better…….let his anointing fall. I can’t wait to see who God’s going to touch to minister through song this weekend. Be blessed.



Cynthia Baldwin Said on

I really liked Kalind Haynes. There was sometihing different about his performance. He was very believable. He appeared to be ministering to the audience there and through the TV, not just singing in a competition. I felt the annointing. He had range and exhibited it. I believe he is someone to watch. I believe his is Sunday’s Best. Pray for him and his family. Oh yeah, in regards to his church situation, we do not know the situation, but it is obvious that God is with him, so again, let’s keep this young man lifted up in prayer like christians are supposed to do. We all remember what our grandmother’s taught us, “if you don’t have anything good to say, just pray”.
Grace, Love & Power!



LaShawndria Merrell Said on

I REALLY enjoyed listening to all the of the performances this evening as well as last week. I think that the 10 that were choosen were awsome. I particularly enjoyed Kalind Haynes on last week. I do believe that he IS Sunday Best and he WILL prove that in the weeks to come. And I will pray that Gods will be done in his life and all that is touched by his annointing.



enorahs Said on

i loved the way laitce’s sing she has an amazing voice she moved me last week and cliff,oh my god who would have thought , but he also has such an amazing voice as well yeah iam going 2 keep my eye’s on those 2 i really felt an annointing ,this week with the secound group they were allright i liked 2 from that group but every one else was ok ,but i wish them all good luck.god bless



Alesia in Missouri Said on

Not exactly sure what you meant by the comment for Kalind Haynes but it wasn’t exactly cool but it doesn’t really matter now because he made it to the top ten!



PH Said on

I love Audrey Lewis’ quiet confidence! She’s obviously a woman who knows who she is and what her God has done for her. Her song seemed to point to Him more than show herself off. And isn’t that the ultimate goal of the Christian artist?



Mari and Tobeast Said on

OUR VOTE HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE FOR THE TALLEST AND MOST TALENTED KALIND HAYNES. IT WAS VERY COMFORTING TO SEE THE OTHER COMMENTS THAT ALSO FAVOR KALIND. IT’S OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO CAN SPOT GREAT TALENT.
WE ALSO HAD PLACED COMMENTS ON http://WWW.GOSPELPUNDIT.COM AND THEY WERE NOT AS KIND TO OUR COMMENTS SINCE THEY DID NOT THINK OF KALIND AS HIGHLY AS WE DID.

GO KALIND SHOW THE WORLD WHAT IT IS TO REALLY KNOW HOW TO SING!!!!!!!!!!!



Will Portis Said on

I respect your opinion and respectfully disagree with ya picks!! Clifton Ross, Kalind Haynes, and Latice Crawford …these are examples of what happens when GOD’s ANNOINTING touches human flesh. For these it is not a performace, it’s lifestyle on stage. I pick Kalind in the end to glorify God through a recording contract. Explain yourself … that’s all u can say about Kalind??



Alesia in Missouri Said on

I AM HOPING AND PRAYING AND CLAIMING THAT KALIND IS THE ‘WILD CARD”. THE JUDGES DIDN’T LIKE HIS SONG CHOICE BUT HIS VOICE AND PROFESSIONALISM IS CONSISTANT. VERY ANNOYED WITH LAST NIGHT’S SHOW.



Mary & Geo. Ewing Said on

Kalind Haynes is annointed and very talented. He has our vote for sunday best.



Virgie Said on

May God wrap His Glory around you and your family Bebe. Pop, will be missed. There is a rewarding feeling knowing that Pop Winan is definitely with the God he served. Love you and your Family very much.



kecia Said on

Oh my god jessica reedy you are god sent ,girl you make me cry avery time you sing and thats a good thing.jessica u got my vote over & over again i just love you so much ,i just want to let you no i want dowload any of your songs i will buy the real thing i just cant say it enough i love you and no matter what you will get a record deal cause god said so .i love you jessica and may god bless your family and just stay true to who u are.



Minister "L" Said on

Latice – you are the bomb! It’s the God in you! You are such a sweetheart. May God conitnue to bless, heal & save many through your ministry.

I met you and Jeff on this past Tue night at New Birth (Is my living in vain, NO of course not?). People she is lovely! (Hey Jeff!)

We love you much!

Minister “L”