Guest Blogger: Donald LawrencePublished by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm.
Sup folks! On Episode 6 of “Sunday Best” we finally got to see the contestants’ official Mentor, Donald Lawrence. As I mentioned in my recap, Donald Lawrence is probably one of the best writers, choir leaders, producers and musical arrangers in gospel. As far as I’m concerned, everybody on the show got a bit of a prize just by being able to work with him on the show. Well, I caught up with Donald Lawrence to get HIS TAKE on this stage of the competition. I asked him to comment on: how he felt about how he felt about this past week’s elimination and wild card pick, what the final four’s strengths were and what they needed to do to win; and if he’d be willing to work with any of them.
*Hands mic to Donald Lawrence*
I was torn with the decision between eliminating Zeb or Dontavies. Both are amazing singers, but I think Zeb just had a little more stage personality. But I loved Dontavious and thought he was an amazing singer. Zeb’s strengths are that he is an amazing vocalist. Zeb also has a great personality that shows through when he performs. Zeb owns the stage. For Zeb to win the song choice is going to be really important. Zeb is going to have to own the song and the moment to win. Latice’s strengths are not only is she an amazing singer, but she has great depth to her. Depth in her personality and depth that she puts into the lyric and the song. Latice really gets the lyric across when she performs. For Latice to win, she just needs to keep doing her thing. Song choice will be important too.Jessica’s strength is her tone! She has priceless tone. Her tone is so unique that the amount of range she has doesn’t matter. For Jessica to win she has to have a little more confidence. She has to be able to present and showcase the lyrics she is singing. And she must use her tone to her advantage. Y’ Anna’s strength is that she is just a singer. Singing is in her fabric. She owns every song that she puts her voice on. For her to win song choice will be important as well. She needs the right song to put her voice on to win it all. She also needs to make sure she doesn’t get vocally tired during the process.I think all the singers are amazing and I would work with any of them, but, if I had to choose one singer to work with it would be Latice. Not just because of her amazing voice, but again, because of the depth she puts in every song and every lyric.
*Takes mic from Donald*
Thanks to Donald for taking time to guest blog for a brother. You know the man is BUSY. So do you agree with Donald’s take on the show and the contestants. I mean, he is “that dude.”
Check back on Sunday night for my take on Episode 7, and until then…