Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best Episode 7Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm.
Just going to get right to it…
Fred Hammond opens the show with “No Weapon.” Full disclosure: the minute he opened his mouth, I was ready to scream. Now Fred is a great singer and never disappoints on that song, but you have got to understand. That was one of THE MOST sung songs in the audition process and although the auditions were in January, I don’t think I fully detoxed from it. But he didn’t linger on it too long and I’m glad, although I want to be clear, that’s his song and he sang it like only he could.
Next, the “Fab 4″ came out in all their Cotton Club /Harlem Renaissance glory to sing Dr. Bobby Jones’ version of “Call Him Up.” Umm, it was just odd. They were barely singing and it just looked weird. Not much to say there. But speaking of, where’s Keith Pringle? Anybody know?
First up, Latice Crawford. We got to see another side of Latice with her rendition of “Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of This World.” She found a way to work that song out, because admittedly, it’s a little “old” for her. I mean, she obviously has a “seasoned voice” but those songs are usually best reserved for the Mother’s board. Latice did that thing! And she looked gorgeous! Everybody I was watching with on twitter (twitter.com/torrenceG) all said the same thing at the same time: She looked like a tribute to vintage Whitney Houston. Just beautiful! (Yes folks, in gospel, we must not only minister and sound goood, but we got to look like something. Be deep if you want, but every bit helps in fulfilling that GREAT commission. Amen?!)
Y’Anna Crawley came right behind Latice with “I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired.” Y’Anna, I will NOT let you trip me up again this week, I’m going to write something even if it kills me. Her performance was absolutely amazing and in my opinion, she silenced all her critics who doubted her relationship with God. She sang with conviction and ministered, complete with scripture and all. As we like to say in the church I grew up in, she “walked the floor” on that thing!
Jessica Reedy! I said it before and have said it again, my favorite FROM DAY ONE! And day one would be January 31, 2009 on the day of the Washington, DC auditions when she walked into that preliminary judging room with a soft smile and sang me into a crying spell. Actually, at first she didn’t. I could tell she was nervous and she ran ALL over the place (although those runs were PERFECT). So she pulled back and a little bit and at that moment, I was forever a fan Her performance of “God Has Smiled On Me” was absolutely amazing. Did she hoop and holler all over the place? Nope, she sure didn’t, but her treatment of a song is so unique and SPECIAL to her and it moves me to no end! Ok, I’ll stop here, because I’m about to “go in” again.
I felt a little for Zebulon Ellis. He’s an absolutely amazing vocalist, but those ladies before him set that stage on fire. As awesome as his version of “Precious Lord” was, he could have walked out doing cartwheels and popping firecrackers with one hand and it still wouldn’t have mattered. Awesome job Zebulon, but the ladies took it tonight. I’m not worried though, he’s got a career and I’m sure I’ll run into him at some big event where he’s the headliner and I’ll be blogging about him….solo.
So I know a lot of you probably expect me to clown Wynona Judd. And you’re probably waiting for me to talk about how she does not fit on this show and that there were plenty of gospel singers who could have had that spot. But guess what? I won’t. I actually thought she was EXCELLENT. Although her sound and even her performance on this episode were not typically gospel, she ministered and “sang me happy.” That harmony and delivery by her and her background singers was incredible. (Stop trying to figure me out, you won’t. I just like what I like, and Wynona was incredible. Nuff said!)
So we’re down to 3, and the final 3 are:
1. Y’Anna Crawley
2. Jessica Reedy
3. Latice Crawford
These 3 are my top 3 also, although it was hard to get to this point. Whoever wins deserves it at this point. But we’ve got to keep watching, maybe there will be some surprises in the upcoming performances. I just don’t know.
Tell me what you guys think. Did I get it right?
P.S. Anyone notice that the final 3 all auditioned in D.C.? I’m convinced me and a bunch of my other industry buddies knew what we were doing!