Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best 3, FINALEPublished by Torrence Glenn on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm.
Finally, my recap on the Sunday Best 3 finale. I don’t know if you remember from last year, but I always get a little “emo” at the last episode of Sunday Best. We know it’s going to end but we still miss it and wish it wouldn’t. Well, here we go!
Hezekiah Walker, LFC and some others opened the show with the mass choir anthem of the last year and a half “Souled Out.” I’m a big fan of this project and this song. You know I love choir moments and this was a great one.
Next up, we take a look back at Leandria Johnson’s Sunday Best journey from the auditions with the flip flops and socks all the way up to the finale. Then Leandria gave us a medley of some of the memorable songs she’s performed this season. She performed “I Love The Lord,” “He Was There All The Time,” and “In The Midst Of It All” and like always it was bananas. I think there’s a calmness that comes for the contestants when they’re no longer singing to compete and they know the outcome is decided so now they can “just” sing. Remember how Y’Anna Crawley from season 2 would twist her face to the right side and you knew at that point that she was about to rip to shreds anything that was left of the song? Well, I think I’ve figured out what Leandria’s signal is. When she lifts up one leg and makes a fist, you can rest assured, she’s about to sing down heaven for all it’s worth! *whoosh*
Next, we got a similar look back with Elder Goldwire McLendon and his Sunday Best journey. His story is still ridiculously inspiring and encouraging. I’m not even 30 yet and there are things I sometimes think I’m too old to do and here is this man, 79 years old pursuing the beginning of a recording artist career. And it’s so about to happen for him. So like Leandria, Elder McLendon went through a medley of his Sunday Best 3 “hits.” “Jesus Loves Me,” “The Battle Is The Lord’s,” and “He’s All Over Me.” I just love to hear this man sing and I submit to you that he is not your average Sunday morning deacon…. There’s something a little extra special about him. *whoosh* AGAIN!
Next up, Donald Lawrence presents the Season 2 Finalists he got to mentor and it was a perfect and classy flashback. Jessica Reedy opens up the medley with “Seasons” and reminded us why we love her SOOOOO VERYYYYY MUCH! How many people do you know in gospel who can give you those kinds of goosebumps with no squalling, growling or screaming? Sara Williams (Ledisi’s background vocalist and beast in her own right) described Jessica as a “calm storm” and I think that fits perfectly. Then Latice Crawford came and ripped through “Encourage Yourself.” She was in great voice and hollered til times got better! Yes Latice! Then top it all off, season 2 winner Y’Anna Crawley followed with “The Blessing Of Abraham” and she showed exactly why she won. Y’Anna has so many “colors” and textures in her voice. She’s smooth jazz and church all at the same time. And like we’ve already discussed, when she turns her head, it’s OVER! Then they closed out together with “Let The Word Do The Work.” They’re still gospel’s “Dreamgirls” and the only issue I had with the performance was that it wasn’t long enough. I wanted more!!
Next, this seasons mentor Kim Burrell comes back with a contestant specific version of her classic song “Oh Lord.” …………………………….. —————————- ……………………….. ——————————. Oops Im sorry, that was my head hitting the keyboard and staying on one key, because everytime I watch this performance, I pass out! Just perfect! She reminded us why she’s most singers across ALL genre’s favorite vocalists. Those contestants are better than me, because I would have embarrassed myself on national tv. If Kim Burrell EVER sings my name like she did some of those contestants, I know I’d jump, dance, sing and cry all at the same time.
Finally, the moment we waited all season for. We find out that the Sunday Best Winner is Leandria Johnson! Congratulations to her. She’s worked hard and sung us crazy all season long. I believe the gospel music industry is gaining a game changer.
I’d also like to give some love to Elder Goldwire McLendon. Although he didn’t win, he’s also about to take the gospel industry by storm in his own way. The beauty of Sunday Best is that sometimes you win just from being there.
Well, that’s it folks. Another season is done, but stick around. I’ll be keeping you updated on the progress of all the contestants (they’re ALL working on stuff) as well be discussing some “issues” that I saw come up over the course of this season. Later this week, I’ve got a friend coming to help me and us work through this “anointing” thing that some of us so easily throw around when we discuss this music. The discussion is going to be epic, I guarantee you!
Til tomorrow, I’m out!