Guest Blogger: Durward DavisPublished by Torrence Glenn on Monday, June 7, 2010 at 1:13 pm.
Sup folks. Episode 10 of Sunday Best 3 was a tough one. It was emotional, anointed, dynamic and a little sad. We had to say goodbye to a crowd favorite Durward Davis. Like we’ve said a million times, anybody going home last night was going to be hard. But something about Durward not advancing stung a little bit for me. I was really one of his biggest fans. But I won’t go into again. Everything happens as its meant to, so I digress. But Durward Davis is going to give his own perspective on his time on the show and his exit so ladies and gentlemen, here he is!
***passes mic to Durward***
Thank you Torrence. Mr. Sound man, can you please turn up my monitor just a bit? Yes, thank you that’s good. LOL…This was perhaps one of the most defining experiences of my life to date. In fact auditioning was a leap of faith. Prior to the audition, I resigned from a pastoral assignment that I served in for two years. I grieved and agonized over this decision, but it was a decision that I had to make. One Sunday morning while watching BET Inspirational Programming I saw the Sunday Best Commercial and thought to myself hmm! No bells, no whistles, no orchestral strings playing in the background, no blinding light, no thunder, and neither a deep booming voice. I simply felt like I was supposed to do this. Not to sound too churchy, but I felt like this was a date with my destiny. Long story short you kind of know how the story takes a turn. But what you don’t know is, it’s certainly not over. I’m used to having to fight for my position. I’ve been fighting all my life to obtain my place and stick my steak and or mark my territory so to speak. I have never backed down from a good fight neither a worthy opponent. It’s apart of who I am. And because of this I have had to walk alone and that taught me how to become comfortable with my peculiarity. I learned how to celebrate Durward. I am well aware of who I am and who God has called me to be.
Walking away from this competition I now realize that what I have is not only authentic but it’s signature and in the words of the mentors and judges it’s legendary. My goal is to produce timeless music that will live long after I am gone. Friends this is just the beginning. By your love shown on facebook and twitter, I believe there’s an audience, a remnant of people waiting with bated breath for my contribution to this industry. In a conversation with Kim Burrell she told me…it looks like you’ve been waiting a long time for a moment like this and true enough I have. But without a doubt, the wait is over and I’m waling into my new season. If I had to go through it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I am where I am because of His providence. Providence simply teaches us that God is actively related to and working in cooperation with us in such a way that he keeps us existing, he maintains and sustains us while directing and shaping our lives to fulfill his purposes. I’ll admit it was frustrating to receive no negative comments from the judges throughout the show, but still go home. Even if we were not all judged by the same rubric…I stand on Proverbs 16:33 and it says, “the Lot is cast but the decision is the Lords”.
Friends I’m in God’s hands. I am encouraged by the fact that the Lord always finishes what He starts. To my fellow cast members thank you so much for sharing your lives with me. I will never forget the moments that we have shared together. To my covenant brothers…you ALREADY KNOW! To the producers, judges, wardrobe, make-up, the Sunday Best band and singers, the staff and crew members and the best host ever “Kirk Franklin…(I got mad respect for this man). Congrats to Dad Goldwire & Leandria…I celebrate you both. I think that just about covers it…but if I come up with something else I will be sure to post it on my facebook page. Again thank you for your support and encouraging words. This will not be the last time you hear from DURWARD DAVIS. I’ve got a project that’s been on the shelf for a minute…lets see what the Lord will do with it. If you need me hit me up on facebook or twitter.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME…
Wait a minute…please turn my mic back on…Thank you…Torrence, you are the GREATEST…thanks for your support…I really mean that!
***Takes mic from Durward, but only after he sings “I believe in You and Me” one more time***
Thanks Durward, appreciate you stopping through and I know besides me, a bunch of us are looking forward to your future. Don’t forget about us hear? Because I will remind you of Detroit at the Cobo Center where you sang acappella for us for hours on end, k? Ha! Jokes.
That’s it for now! I’m out.