Vashawn Mitchell Recording RecapPublished by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 8:21 pm.
Sup folks. Know I’m a little late on this but hey I’m getting better! LOL.
Last Saturday, myself and a bunch of others made our way to ATL (That’s Atlanta…lol) for the live recording of Vashawn Mitchell and friends new CD “Triumphant.” The recording was held at Higher Living Christian Center in Hampton, GA which is just a few minutes outside of metro Atlanta. Let me stop lying, it was a little far out (ha!) but totally worth it! The church almost looked fake it was so well maintained and beautiful. I’m famous for chewing gum or having a mint in church, but this spot was so dope I didn’t even feel right about it and spit it out before I went into the sanctuary. Although I’m pretty sure the church security team (meaning real serious ushers) would have TOLD ME EXACTLY what to do with my gum had I walked in there with it in the same way they let me know that they’d appreciate me putting my phones away. (Y’all pray for my disobedience on that one….lol) But enough about all that, it’s about the music!!!
I’ve been a fan of Vashawn for some time, but I can say this with an unbiased conscience…this is going to be the game changing CD for him. (Coko, Youthful Praise, Vashawn, it’s THAT kind of year!) The singers were AMAZING and at many times throughout the evening, I kept asking folks around me how much pre-production there had been because surely, the singers had to have pre-recorded those vocals. They were that dead on. And having been to a million and one recordings, the evening was extremely efficient and moved along. It wasn’t a concert riddled with false starts and stops that no matter how experienced you are in attending recordings, can start to get annoying.
I can’t give it all away, you don’t have that kind of time. And me, I MIGHT just go in talking about it, so I’m gonna hit the highlights for ya. Is that alright? (*points mic to audience like church folks do*)
Vashawn & Friends did an exciting cover of the new Praise & Worship hit “Chasing After You.” Lajuanese “Neecy” Robertson sang lead with Vashawn on this one. You may recognize her name as she’s an alto with Ricky Dillard & New G and a popular psalmist in the Chicago area, Vashawn’s hometown. She was caught up the MINUTE she grabbed the mic for this song. I enjoyed her though, trying to get through that song although it was CLEAR she wanted to run around the church about 10 times and lay all the way out! Neecy, get yours!!! (hehehehe)
Next up was a song that each and every one of us will be singing in our various churches (yeah, I’m gonna have one!) REAL soon. “Searched All Over/Nobody Greater” is probably one of the most beautifully written worship songs I have EVER heard. It was written by a young man named Darius Paulk, but in my heart of hearts I believe that song was made for Vashawn. Every bit of it was just perfect! Ok, I gotta stop right there, because that song….. *whoosh*
Another moment that I look forward to on the upcoming CD is the song “All Is Well.” This song was led by a young new artist named Jason Woods, who I’m going to go on record and say “look out for him.” Dude has a clean voice with just the right amount of “stuff.” You know what I mean, not boring and plain, but not so many runs and tricks that it gives you a headache. Just right. I’m looking forward to his future. But the magic of “All is Well” didn’t stop with Jason…
After a quick wardrobe change, Vashawn and friends came back with the title track “Triumphant” but sent me OVER THE EDGE with “Can’t Take My Joy Away.” It epitomized R&B gospel and everything about it was just very “feel good.” But here’s where I lost it. There was another friend in the audience…
Well that’s all I got. Reliving the experience just to write this blog has worn me out. I’m now going to call Vashawn’s management, the fabulous Neily Dickerson of the ND Company (one of my gospel industry mentors) and ask if she can play the tape of the recording over the phone for me or something to hold me over til the CD comes out! Special shouts to B. Chase Williams, Anthony Brown of AJB and Answered Prayers, Darlene McCoy, William Murphy, Bishop Larry Trotter, Bridgette Campbell-Croft, Jawn Murray and Latrice Pace who were also in the audience.
When it drops, get this CD because it’s gonna get you!