Torrence’s Take On Tye Tribbett’s New “Group”Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm.
And the saga continues. Or maybe not, not sure what to call it.
I won’t completely rehash the details of Tye Tribbett’s” sabbatical” and all that jazz. That was so 2009. But almost 6 months into 2010 and after disbanding his group/choir/ensemble/dance crew (whatever you want to call them) Greater Anointing (GA is probably how they were best known) in January to continue as a solo artist, it seems Tye wants to share the stage with another set of folks. And from the looks of his latest tweets and video postings, he wants a NEW group of folks to do what the old one did…. *blank stare and huh? face*
Take a look at the video below to see what I mean…
Now maybe it’s just me (but I know it’s not), this just seems like an unnecessary bowl of reheated soup. Although I wasn’t always a fan of Tye Tribbett and GA, I have to admit that they were good at what they did even though it didn’t always involve live singing which was usually my major gripe with them. That notwithstanding, it just seems odd and a little off to make a big production out of discontinuing your former group (who, 3 albums in, really hadn’t reached their prime in my opinion) to launch a new one, and from the looks of it, do the SAME EXACT THING. Even when other leaders discontinued their groups (Kirk Franklin, Donald Lawrence) there was an actual shift or to use Tye’s word “transition” in the music that almost made you understand the need for a change or movement in the cast. From the snippet he played, although it’s “Good” (pun intended), it seems obvious that he hasn’t taken a major change in direction musically that warranted a new set of squalling gymnasts to back him up. And truthfully, despite all the jokes I may make about how hard GA danced; I grew up in the northeast and remember all the various versions of GA and the members, for the most part honestly, CAN SING. (It’s just a little hard to do so effectively on a treadmill! Ok, I’ll stop…)
But this “casting” makes me wonder why he discontinued GA in the first place. In the video he claims he wants capable singers who can really dance and have crazy energy. That was GA!!! The only requirement that seemed to indicate this new crew would be any different was his specific request of “all races.” Adding some diversity to the existing group I assume just might have been too simple. I mean, I’m sure they went through some internal turmoil dealing with the “situation” that took place with Tye, Da Truth and the other cast of characters in and out of the choir. And as I type this and think about the situation, what was left of the group was nowhere close to the GA that most of us knew and loved. If their last Celebration Of Gospel performance was any indication, the crew definitely had dwindled. So perhaps instead of delaying the inevitable, he decided to start fresh which I totally get. Or maybe he just wanted to RECORD by himself and just use the new group to perform with… I guess. It kind of makes me feel bad for the GA members who stuck around.
So with that said, I’m interested to hear how “fresh” the new music is because the vibe for me from the snippet was more of the same. But as always I wish the best for Tye Tribbett. From what I hear in interviews other places, he seems to want to present himself differently than he did before which is GREAT! Because y’all know he wore me out with his secular versus gospel craziness and his “my holiness is better than yours” (my words, not his) rhetoric. Let’s hope it sticks.
So what do you think about the new group? Would you rather see GA get back together? For those of you who sing AND dance, will you audition? I want to know.