Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best 3, Episode 11Published by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm.
It’s the next to last episode of Sunday Best 3 and y’all know I’m feeling some kind of way, right? You always know the show wwill eventually end but it doesn’t make it any less bittersweet (I’ve been using that word a lot lately, Jesus be a thesaurus all around me every day.) What am I going to do on Sunday nights? How am I going to get my fix? Ahhhhhhhhh! But let’s get to the show.
Ledisi opened the show singing her latest hit “Higher Than This.” Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned her on this blog before, but anybody who knows me knows that she is one of my all time favorite singers past and present. Tonight she showed us why. Now although Ledisi is a soul singer by trade, there’s no denying her gospel roots and her ability to take you to church EVERYTIME. (Exhibit A: Her duet of “How Great Thou Art” with Kelly Price at this year’s Celebration Of Gospel.) What I loved about her performance tonight was the way she goes to church but keeps it “Ledisi” all at the same time. She’ll squall one second than scat or make Deejay scratch sounds in the next breath. She’s just amazing like that! LOVED IT!!!!!
Elder Goldwire McLendon opened up the competition portion of the show with an old hymn of the church, “I Know It Was the Blood.” Elder McLendon did a great job but what else is new? Doesn’t he always? I just love the way he works a song. His adlibs are so HIM and he puts them in just the right places. And although I HATE this word, the man has swag!
Leandria Johnson was next with a rendition of Fred Hammond’s “Running Back To You” and I almost lost it. It’s one of those songs that you can’t “hide” in. What I mean by that is, it’s a real singer’s song and if you can’t really sing, you will totally screw it up! Leandria’s execution was almost perfect. She really sang the song without doing too much or too little. She started the song smooth and in control and by the end she had taken about 3 or 4 vocal turns that were all just right. You never know where she’s going to go with a song or what other “voice” she has hiding in her throat. *Whoosh*
Next up, gospel LEGEND Vanessa Bell-Armstrong broke up the show with her single “Good News” and then had the nerve to transition into her CLASSIC “Peace, Be Still.” Really, what can I even say about it. Vanessa Bell-Armstrong is just that singer! She kills without even trying EVERYTIME. And the thing about Vanessa is that she’s truly one of the last “original” voices. There are a lot of people that can sing but very few these days whom you know exactly who they are the minute they open their mouths.
Elder McLendon returned with a version of “Jesus Be A Fence” that I would have never expected. The arrangement was rather youthful and had a lot going on in the music but he worked it out. Most people might have been intimidated and overshadowed by the arrangement and music but not Elder!!!
Leandria returned with Myron Butler and Levi’s “Set Me Free.” I have nothing to say except SING LEANDRIA! Kd;ajikdpiaua;jdka;j dkj;kl;audip4qhuincka aidpauikda;njkda;jdajlkk daioakj Yeah, she did that thing all I could do was just move my fingers.
To close the show, Leandria and Elder McLendon closed the show with a duet, “I’ll Take You There.” Truthfully I didn’t think they’d sound so good singing together even though they’re both excellent. They’re just that different, but I really enjoyed it! They complimented each other well and didn’t try to outsing the other. (And you know that can happen when you put 2 gospel singers together. Ha!)
Well anyway, we’re down to the final 2 contestants and you guys FINALLY get to make your voices heard. You, me and everybody else have had something to say all season, but until now what we thought/felt didn’t count but now it does. So now it’s your turn to VOTE for who you think should be named season 3’s SUNDAY BEST! Give me a few seconds while I rant….
GET OVER who you wanted to be there, they ain’t there! The final 2 will not change, they are who they are. If you want to be a part of the decision making process, just get over it and vote!
Vote for your favorite contestant, not based on the music industry executive you are in your head. Both singers have bright futures ahead of them and can and will be great assets to our industry.
Oh yeah, VOTE.
Don’t think one person has it all locked up because this could easily be very close. So VOTE!
There are 3 ways to vote. You can vote on the web, call the toll free numbers or send texts. Go to www.bet.com/sundaybest for all the voting methods and use all of them if you can. Whoever is the next Sunday Best is not up to Donnie McClurkin, Tina Campbell or Yolanda Adams. It’s up to you, LITERALLY. Vote, Vote, Vote, vote!
Ok, I’m done. Vote. Vote.
And oh yeah, don’t ask me who I’m voting for because I’m not, I can’t. It wouldn’t be right, but you should. And don’t ask me who I want you to vote for. Actually, if you ask me that question, my answer will be “Vote for your favorite contestant.” And that’s my honest answer.
Ok, I’m done for real. VOTE!