Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best, The Finale!

Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 8:58 pm.

This one might be long or short. I just won’t know until I’m done typing. My apologies for not posting this immediately after the show Sunday like I normally do, but last night I was spent. Watching this season unfold from the online auditions that started last year, to in person auditions, to the “birth” of this blog, and watching each weekly episode, I became very “close” to all of this. I had met at some point almost all of the contestants, even if it was just by phone or email. I had gone back and forth with myself and friends (and some of you :-) ), trying to guess who would win, who should win, etc. So by the final episode after all we’d been through, I was a bit of a mess. After finally discovering who would be named our Season 2 Sunday Best winner, I just needed to breathe. So now that you’ve heard that melodramatic rant and have accepted my apologies (better had!)…. On with the show!

Kirk Franklin brings out our two finalists. Both Y’Anna and Jessica give us some heartfelt testimonies about how far their lives have come just in the last year. It was a bit of a “moment.”

But boyyyyyyyyyyyy was that moment ruined with that romanticized MKS infomercial they threw in there! Kirk wore me thin with that one. “Ooh look at it, it’s just so beautiful. Touch it.” Subtle much? Ha! OK let me stop, we love the folks at Lincoln. And the car is hot! (Hehehe)

 Next up, this season’s mentor and one of my favorite gospel artists, Donald Lawrence and Co. performed their hit “Back II Eden.” Those of you who know me and/or follow me on twitter (twitter.com/TorrenceG) know that this is one of my favorite new songs but also a song that gives me much grief. Why? Because it is such a painful reminder that although I can carry a little tune, I cannot play an instrument. (I’m told my tambourine skills from back in the 80’s/90’s don’t count.) Donald and his crew killed it though. They’re so professional! Oh yeah, special shout out to Latrice Pace! I don’t know how she does it. She sang background vocals the entire season, sang background for The William’s Brothers on the show, performed with her family group “The Anointed Pace Sisters” a few weeks ago on the show, AND then performed with Donald Lawrence last night. That woman works and you know she’s good, because she’s singing with EVERYBODY! Latrice, take a vacation! You surely have worked for it.

We then got to hear Y’Anna and Jessica do a remixed version of New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain.” Interestingly enough, that’s one of my favorite New Edition songs too. Johnny Gill used to go OFF on that thing! Ha! But anyway, I think the ladies sounded amazing on it.  I know some folks were probably disappointed that they didn’t sing a traditional gospel song, but I’ve learned that there can be ministry in places where you LEAST expect it.

 Next, Y’Anna comes back to perform Donald Lawrence and Tri City’s hit “Encourage Yourself.” Miss Y’Anna was still very hoarse but she just has a way of powering through!

Right after that, Jessica Reedy returned to perform the hymn “I Surrender All.” Jessica, Jessica, Jessica is all I can say. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house in ATL and neither was there in my house! Something very, very special happened there and I have to be careful as I type this. This blog post could end right here if I think about it too hard. Call the usher!

Next up was another special guest performance. BeBe and CeCe Winans reunite to perform their new song “Close To You” and announce their new album and tour. It was good to see them together again, but didn’t you get the feeling that they were still kind of learning the song? Haha. I know most of us probably wanted them to sing “Heaven” or one of their classic songs, but that’s what the tour is for! You can sit next to Tina Campbell of Mary Mary. She’s bought enough concert tickets this season to have some show to attend everyday for the next 6 months!

Next up, the moment of truth.  Y’Anna Crawley is declared the winner of Sunday Best!

I want to end by giving a huge congratulations to both Jessica Reedy and Y’Anna Crawley for making it to the finals and for being an awesome set of finalists. I don’t know if you noticed but last week when each of them guest blogged, neither one of them specifically or explicitly said “vote for me.” That says a lot about the character of these young ladies. You both are awesome!

Y’Anna, congratulations are due to you for a hard sung competition. You sang us up, down and your gift CANNOT be denied. Make sure to keep singing ‘em crazy!

Jessica, I told you “You Got This” when I first met you in DC and not a single thing has changed.  YOU STILL GOT THIS! I mean that, it’s really only the beginning for you. Gospel NEEDS you and we’re glad you’re here!

Well folks, that’s it for me…today. Thanks for coming for the ride, but this is just the beginning.  The blog and ME are sticking around, so now that the show is over, don’t disappear.  I’ve got some surprises in the coming days and weeks as well as just more good gospel interviews and views from yours truly.  Trust me, gospel is about to blow up on BET & BET.com, I can’t say everything, but there’s some good stuff coming.

 I’m out!

 Torrence

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tellda_truth Said on

“Sunday’s Best” is an excellent show! I enjoyed the show. Big Ups to Y’Anna Crawley for being chosen as Sunday’s Best. A job well done. I’m looking forward to everyone’s CD. Big Ups to ALL 20 contestants!
Just think about the exposure you rec’d on national TV.. Note: I heard Zeb last week in Beaumont, TX. He was Awesome. Just think about it a minute, there is room for everyone to give God the glory and praise. I appreciate BET for tsetting the stage!



Dummies Said on

Hey all you dummies who keep saying that Yannie was arrogant and she snatched the keys from Kirk, if any of you have been paying attention, the whole thing was pre recorded. Even the finale. So when she was presented the keys, she didn’t know if she had won or not!! They recorded two endings and depending on who won, that is what ending they showed. How are you supposed to act when you don’t know if you really won or not. Why doesn’t everyone just sit down and give her the congratulations that she deserves. She did her thing just as well as Jessica. Maybe competition isn’t good for you so called “Christians” because it certainly has brought the devil out in all of you just because who you wanted to win didn’t. You all need prayer!



lawdgia Said on

I kinda knew that Y’Anna would take it, honestly in the bottom two, i went for Y’Anna and Latice. Y’anna is just a ole’ school sang till chuch’ is over kinda gal, and Latice has such a sneaky anointing, one minute your eyes are closed and the next u are under da’pew!!!!!! I like Jessica, but i honestly feel she needs some more grooming, both spiritually and mentally. Saying that because she is so young, and vulnerable, the r&b cats would most def be waiting on her. Nothing personal against Jessica, that’s just my view, as far as the finale, WHAT HAPPENED? It was nothing like last year, balloons and carrying on fell, she jumped and cried etc. I kinda think they already knew, plus Y’Anna got in the drivers seat a lil too quick!!!!!!



Deborah Walker Said on

I think the show was rushed so much. You did’nt really get to enjoy them like last year. The finale was unexciting like last year. It was just bim bam, thank you mam. It just seemed so low key. Maybe it’s the economy. One more thing, I hate when the contestants win us over with annointed songs, then when they get a break they sing contemporary songs. Like the winner, she should have done what got her there. I listen to Crystal’s cd, it’s to contemporary, I listen to Melinda Dolittle’s cd last night, from the Idol, very dissapointed. I were glad when they told Jessica don’t let no one change you. People need something different, everybody not young. Being a singer myself I try to reach everyone. myspace.com/deborahmema. But I’m just saying be yourself. God had to teach me that. That there’s a place for us all. Be who God made you………..Stay true to your game…..



A PRAYER Said on

WHERE IS THE TEMPLE OF PRAISE AT? I NEEDTO KNOW BECAUSE IM FROM GEORGIA AND I WANT TO BE THERE. PLEASE GET BACK TO ME ASP



curious Said on

Hello Torrence,

How can we get them to put all of the performances on Itunes?



blakman74 Said on

You so called “Anointed Ones”, never cease to amaze me. If don’t like the show “DONT WATCH IT”. ALL you do is complain, if you don’t get your way.
No wonder false prophets are flourishing. No one understands the “Truth”
The so-called “Holy of Holy’s” is life centered around the “Truth”, not TV LAND. Everyone who’s Blasting the creators of the show “Stop”, and tune in to the Weirdo’s on TBN.



Latice's Sister Said on

First of all I want to say congratulations to Y’anna. Yes I could be bitter because my sister (Latice) did not win… but God knows what’s best. All of the negative comments on the blog about the contestants are just uncalled for. You are entitled to your opinion but attacking somebody because they weren’t annointed enough for you.. is not of God! These ladies worked very hard during the taping of the show and we don’t know what they’ve been thru (or have been delivered from). So let’s not criticize… your opinion is important but the personal attacks are not necessary!
Love you much Tice…. check her on myspace!



A PRAYER Said on

CONGRAT TO Y’ANNA JOB WELL DONE .PEOPLE IF YOU DIDNT FEEL THE ANNOINTING FROM Y’ANNA THAN GUESS WHAT IT WASNT FOR YOU ,EVERYTHING NOT FOR EVERYBODY JUST WAIT YOUR BLESSING IS COMING SO UNTIL THAN GIVE PRAISE TO THE SUNDAY BEST WINNER AND STOP TRYING TO DIG HOLES FOR HER BECAUSE WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT YOU JUST DUG YOUR ON HOLE JUST FOR YOU SO JUMP NOW BECAUSE THAT ANNOINTING SISTER IS ON A RUN FOR JESUS YOU BETTER GET ABOARD BECAUSE YOU WILL BE LEFT .DONT WAIT RIDE OUT SISTER GIRL THIS IS YOUR SEASON MY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (BOYS ,ROGER THEOU ) TELL THEM IM A FAN IN CHRIST LOVE YA DO IT BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



CORNELIUS ACAPELLA Said on

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LaToya Littles Said on

CONGRATULATIONS TO Y’Anna C. and Jessica R. I really liked both of them, however I don’t think some people were ready for Jessica’s style. I was however, digging the last song sang by Y’Anna. It was beautifulllllllll. I loved it. I am so excited and can’t wait until both of their albums drop. I pray they both be what God has chosen for them to be. I was very happy to hear that Jessica has recognized her purpose/calling and has chosen to “perfect it”. That’s growth…no matter how young you are. I agree w/LaTice’s sister…criticism is unncessary. Be happy for everyone. They ALL worked very hard. Be blessed everyone!



Worshipper4 lyfe Said on

This season of Sunday Best was very disappointing. First, I felt as a minister of the Gospel it lacked anointing. The only anointed singer was Latice. Jessica was sincere and pure.I prophesy you have not heard the last of her.For HE has so much for her. He still got her going through the process.So when HE reveals her she will be what HE wants her to be not the industry.As to Y’anna she lacked anointing. She was gifted but as a minister of the Gospel she has no relationship with God. yes, she may have relationship with industry and judges but not with God. So don’t worry she will not have any longevity in Gospel.She will not crossover because she only sings Gospel. Her voice is for the church not the World. One thing funny about Gospel people they only support anointing. they will hear you sing but they only come out for the anointing. Look who is out there now.They are diverse but they are all anointed. .The anointing is what destroys the yoke. I will pray that she returns back to Christ. she is a backslider.she is not even in the church at this time but God is calling her and guess what she will answer thus say the Lord.



str8natural Said on

I agree totally with Worshipper4 lyfe!!!!



Aimee Said on

I wish we as Christians would remember that this is supposed to be a Christian blog not (AOL). We all have our opinions but our responses should always be tapered with the love of God. Congratulations to Y’Anna, Jessica, and Latice. You all are good singers and have your own relationship with God, plus you had good national exposure. I know you will go far. Continue to be blessed.



giveHIMpraise Said on

I wish all of the contestants the best! Can’t wait for Latice’s album!!!



browngirl Said on

Congrats to Y’anna and Jessica and all the rest of the contestants it was an all inspiring season I was truly blessed. Keep up the good work all. When can I buy the last song “Promise”?



tawone Said on

I just wanted to say thank god for a show like sundays best it is really an inspiration to me. I loved jessica reddy she is awesome and I know that she is gonna make it, no doubt about it. She is truly blessed and I pray for her. I can’t wait for her cd to come out I will be one of the first in line. I am gonna continue to seek the lord, for I am not perfect, but I am still a child of god and he is in me, and I am truly blessed to have an inspiration like jessica for she is an angel from heaven believe that! And by the way I miss you velicia may carter, I still love you dearly.



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Felicia Said on

Did one of the contestants that previously auditioned for this year die?