Guest Blogger: Dathan ThigpenPublished by Torrence Glenn on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm.
Last night’s episode of Sunday Best was so epic! The contestants were already singing their faces off from the beginning but they all took it even further, it was bananas! Which is why I keep having to remind myself, that whoever goes home is going to be good so we have to work on taking the elimination news better. It hurts to see a good singer go, but there are no bad ones so what are we gonna do? Ha!
I also read all of your comments and know that Dathan Thigpen was a major favorite of many of you and I know quite a few of you took it hard. So I’m glad I’m able to let Dathan speak to you, his new fans/stans, himself!
***Passes mic to Dathan***
Funny story: Me and Franklin Davis IV met Torrence in the restroom at one of the tapings, and I threatened if he gave me a bad review I’d come looking for him. No search has been needed as he has been gracious to me. Random thought: I also met Kurt Carr in the restroom at the taping he opened up for. I should’ve been like the man who was bowing down in the restroom to Akeem on Coming to America, “It is you…I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life!” Anywho, here we are. Wow, BET, thanks for allowing me to expose what my church gets to see in praise and worship every week to the world. I’ve been labeled the praise and worship contestant and I’m fine with that. That is what I do! This chapter in the book of Dathan has been one of my favorites so far. The long lines, the audition process, the holes in the jeans…ok let me talk about that for a min…
Everyone was making a big deal about me wearing holes in my jeans. I mean I would go to the gas station and some random person would be like, “ Hey, I bet you got rid of those jeans!” C’mon…dude…serious?? Story behind the jeans: I woke up about 4 in the morning, grabbed what I had on the night before (holey jeans and a t-shirt), and drove to the audition. Understanding the audition process a little, I knew there was a second day for those who made it to the final round. I prepared a change of clothes in case I did. What I didn’t know was that we had to keep on whatever we wore on the first day of auditions. So that’s why I was wearing “torn up jeans in the knees.” I posted an audition remix on Youtube that Pastor Donnie thought was hilarious. So yeah, the long lines, the audition process, the holes in the jeans, and making it on the show, I loved every second of this experience.
I noticed a lot of comments on the Internet asking if I had a CD or if I am professional already. It’s true, I recorded a CD with my friends Holy Nation called GETUP Vol 1, in 2005 that’s on iTunes. Yes, I did a live DVD taping last year with Kim Burrell as a guest. Yes, you have heard me sing with The Mississippi Mass Choir and even with the Mississippi Children’s Choir. Remember the song, “There is Hope?” Yes, that was me.
This is my take on the issue: I would indeed consider myself a professional singer. I’ve been doing it all of my life. I am not currently a signed artist so I’m not bound to a contract, which made me eligible for this show. I’m very grateful I had a little experience to even be considered in this BEAST-ful competition. Speaking of beasts, I’m honored to be in the top 7 with some amazing singers.
Brian W. Smith is always clean in his designer gear everyday! It matches his voice perfectly as he has such a crisp and clean sound. He’s a great guy with a great gift and he truly does have perfect pitch!
Martha Buries is so sweet, so cool and can SANG! I KNEW Martha was coming as the wildcard. When she was eliminated I was like, “Okay, Lord, she gotta come back because I prayed for her to stay.” And she did, BLAZING! She deserved it.
Durward Davis is my big brother. He has an amazing voice. The Lion and the Lamb, just amazing! We instantly connected and we are as David Wilford (beast as well) put it, covenant brothers. Did I say he has an amazing voice?
Leandria Johnson is so crazy and I love her! OMG she is so funny! I can’t wait for the world to witness her awesome personality away from the stage. Me and Leandria have this thing where we whistle and do whistle riffs and runs and everything. We are starting a whistle choir in 2011!
Tiffany Carlin-Laird and I really connected when I found out her first name and she said she didn’t like it. I thought it was a cool name but she chooses to be called Tiffany. I call her ICE. It comes from her first name, which I’ll let her tell you. It wouldn’t matter to me, though, if her name was Obededom! The girl can sang!
Goldwire McLendon is the greatest! I must admit, when we first met each other at the Hotel in New Orleans, I thought he was someone’s parent. I didn’t know he was actually in the competition. After I heard him, though, I knew he belonged here. He has a way of making everyone cry after he finishes talking/ministering to them. I got his number so whenever I feel like crying, I’m calling him!
It’s now time for the next chapter in the book of Dathan, and I must say that I have a feeling this one is gonna be better than the former. If you ask me if I’d do this again knowing the results, I’d say a 100 times YES! Stay tuned for more from me at www.dathanthigpen.com or www.facebook.com/dathanthigpen & www.twitter.com/dathanthigpen.
***Grabs mic from Dathan***
Ok, I’m cracking up! Did y’all read that threat, he said he’d come after me!!!! Ha, but seriously, I think Dathan is a phenomenal singer and worshiper and his future is really bright! Thanks Dathan for talking to us!