Torrence’s Take on Sunday Best 3, Episode 3Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm.
Sup folks! This week for Sunday Best 3 we’re in Philly. But I’m going to get right to the recap. You’ve had enough intro! Ha!
Reminder, some of these names I’ll probably misspell or forget altogether and I won’t talk about every single audition because there were too many. Were just hitting the stand outs. Ok? Thanks!
As you all know, Erica Campbell from Mary Mary is pregnant with her second child and due any day now and wasn’t able to make it to the Philly auditions so Kim Burrell is back to sit in.
First up, our young “judge” (the legal kind). I don’t know what surprised me more, the fact that at 29 he decided to sing “Trouble In My Way” or that he attempted to hum the background vocals and sing the leads full out like he was a one man band. It might have worked had he brought a ventriloquist dummy with him….
Bethany Divine was “very Philly” with her rendition of “Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles Of This World.” Now we know gospel folks all over the country like to do runs, but singers in the Northeast (Philadelphia especially), have a very distinctive way of executing them. Hard to describe, but those of you who travel know what I’m talking about. She was great though. Looking forward to her in the stage portion of the competition.
*Pause for the cause* Ok, I said it in last week’s recap, on twitter and now I’m saying it again: Blame choirs and their directors (self included) for the epidemic of “Choir/Church hands.” For years, we’ve made them part of the choir’s presentation and now they don’t know how to turn it off. Sorry!!!!
Keyshawn, our 5 foot tall friend had a great voice. One of those cases where I loved the “sound” of his voice but the rest just wasn’t there yet. If he keeps singing and works on turning off his choir vibrato, he’ll be ready. His voice is THERE!
*Pause for the cause…AGAIN* I’ve said it a million times and the truth it still stands, LEARN THE WORDS! Some of this is just foolish. “He lets me rest in the ‘mirror’s grass….” Really ma’am? Usually when you mess up the words you insert words that are wrong, but at least make sense. What mirror do you know that has grass? Ok, I’m done…
Next up, Orlando. He was pretty good, and looked so familiar. After I thought about it, I realize he used to sing backgrounds for Vickie Winans. Also, if you look at Video Gospel on Sunday’s on BET, during the intro you can see him doing a rather interestingly excited dance move. My friend’s told me that clip was from the Karen Clark-Sheard “Finally Karen” video. I’d have to watch it again to make sure. (anybody got it on DVD, I had the VHS, ha!) I also hear he’s done quite a few plays.
Maria from Bulgaria BLESSED ME! Loved her voice and her audition. To be from Bulgaria, her presentation was so authentic. White, Bulgarian or whatever, she killed and vocally could fit in the gospel industry with no problem. I was surprised she didn’t make it through.
Camay in the green hat…. Yeah, I’ll leave it there.
Guitar guy…ummm, something about it just wasn’t right. I think he’d make it in another Christian genre though. You know, that Rock/CCM sing where they have those Woodstock/campmeeting events and show off their promise rings. The spooky chords on “We Fall Down?” Not so much… at least not for Sunday Best.
David, our Hebrew friend with the Yarmulke (we tend to pronounce it YAH muh kuh, lol) was amazing to me. He had great tone, and his runs worked because they seemed natural to him. He wasn’t “putting them on” and I got the sense that if he had to pull back on them, he easily could.
Roosevelt who sang “On The Battlefield” could have made it through. I really think he could have, but he oversang! I felt Donnie McClurkin’s frustration with his “fuh shnuh guh nah” ending. Forget less being more, sometimes it’s just enough.
Nicole who sang “Praise is What I do” I thought was great. I’ve heard her sing throughout that day and other places in the industry and she really has an awesome gift. Don’t think it was her time on that particular day, but hear me when I tell you, she can SANG!!!!!
Davon, like David was another example of tricks that work. He sang Mary Mary’s “Yesterday” and at first I was a little nervous. It’s hard for a guy to sing that song and the key he started in was questionable but he handled that thing! His tricks were natural and worked for his interpretation of the song. I think he’s going to kill on the stage show.
Asia (“Walk With Me)was probably one of my favorite auditions to watch. I saw her go through the preliminary rounds and wished she would have worn the sunglasses she auditioned with earlier in the day. It totally went with her “vibe.” She reminded me of that one particular aunt many of us have that seemed to forget that we were kids back in the day. You know the type, she’d walk around the house in a nightgown, play “grown up” blues records and “entertained” a whole lot of company. Ha! (Don’t front, y’all know she was ya favorite!)
Kimani, the 10 year old who sung “Blessed Assurance” was adorable. Just think, if he sings like that now, he’ll be SICK once by his teens and an absolute beast once he reaches adulthood. I hope he has/gets some good mentors to keep him on the right path.
But my FAVORITE audition of the night was Elder Goldwire McClendon. I have no words. He’s just amazing. He’s got ALL the elements that make a great gospel singer. Tone? Check. Control? Double check! Presence? Check. Plus, I don’t throw this word around a lot, but I gotta say it. Having been in the room for his audition, I can say straight up, the man is ANOINTED! Yep, I said it, not talking it back. Oh yeah, not even going to touch the fact that he’s 79 and can hang with any 30 year old. I’m a fan!
So what did you think about the Philly auditions? Still think the judges were rough?
Now, take a few minutes to watch exclusive footage from the BET.com Digital VIP Suite. My guest judges were Dontavies Boatwright and John McClure, finalists from Season 2 of Sunday Best.