Torrence’s Take On Sunday Best 5: Episode 5Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 12:14 am.
Hey folks. Not going to be before you long… (Churchy) But we’re back with another recap of Sunday Best 5. Let’s get started shall we?
First up, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise (you already know they’re one of my favorites) opened the show with their most recent hit “After This” featuring Bishop Eric McDaniel I was so excited to see them on this show doing this song. Although this is a solo singing competition, choir music is still a part of the foundation of gospel music as we know it, so seeing a little bit of choir squall on the Sunday Best stage made me happy. Plus, while we were taping, I continually joked that this song would be and should be the unofficial theme song of every elimination…. Can’t you just see/hear it? “There will be glory AFTER THIS!” …. Just saying. But let’s get to the competition.
First up was Michael Lampkin singing “Show Me The Way.” A song that I’d never heard before until this episode but I tell you this, that man SANG that song. He can just sing. Good and churchy and I loved it.
Next up was Jeremy Hill with “Chasing After You.” I think he did a good job but what I think might have been the issue here was that he kind of oversang it. Not necessarily in a bad way but in a way that it didn’t need to be sung. He’s got so much voice, so much range and so much natural ability that he may have hit us (and the judges) with too much at one time. I still think he’s great though. He sings for blood!
Then Sara Escamilla came with the classic Whitney Houston version of Richard Smallwood’s “I Love The Lord.” Her nerves got her at the beginning but she recovered wonderfully. I chuckled a bit when I discovered that she was singing “I Love The Lord” because that’s a phrase I use when I meet people like her. Folks that are extremely humble and sweet and good ole saints, I’ll usually say “oh yeah, she really loves the Lord.” Ha!
After Sara was Keith Ball with Deitrick Haddon’s “He’s Able.” He did good but it wasn’t his best. I think the difficulty of still not having enough time to build songs is sort of messing with the contestants. He also made some style choices that depending on your ear could have been a little grating if it wasn’t your thing. He manipulated/bent the melody so that he was always “up” and I don’t think the song needed that. Thankfully the pure sound of his voice is enough to make it still good.
Next up was Joshua Rogers singing Tonex’s “God Has Not Forgot.” Amazing! Now I technically heard a few funky notes in there but he bounces back from them so good it’s like you don’t even care!!! The range, the choices. He’s just gooooooooooooood! JEEZ!!!!
Brian Luther was next with “Walk With Me.” It was just “OK” to me this week. I agree with the judges in that he needed to stretch just a little bit to really kill this song, because don’t get it twisted, I believe he can! That man sings!
Danetra Moore followed with “Safe In His Arms” and it was pretty much perfect…nothing else to say. Just brilliant. Ok, maybe I have to listen again but I didn’t hear the pitchy moment Cece Winans referred to and if there was a pitchy moment it was ever so slight and I mean very slight. If anything, while I was listening I kept thinking to myself, to be singing this song where she is, she’s amazingly on pitch. Donnie, I don’t know what you’re talking about either. Ha! (I’m allowed to disagree with the judges so leave me alone! Ha!)
Ashford Sanders came back with what honestly may be the performance of the night with “Millions” by The Winans. Another perfect performance. This dude just knows what to do and is so smooth with it it’s almost scary. He does these runs that go almost a second later than you expect! It’s crazy! And he’s just fun to watch, he be getting it with that mic stand. Ha!
Next Alexis Spight returned with “Set Me Free” by Myron Butler & Levi! Alexis is an amazing singer and I’m thinking she may have suffered with what Jeremy did tonight, too much singing. The song kind of got away from her and she ran after it but it caused a few weird moments. I know this much though, we weren’t singing like that when we were 18… Whew!
Finally, we ended the night with Kizzy Walker singing Maurette Brown-Clark’s “It Ain’t Over.” Let’s just address it. Yes, she cracked. She REALLY cracked…. but let me tell you something, the way she kept on singing and said “I’m gonna fix this though..” I thought she did great just for that. Mistakes WILL happen, and your voice will crack from time to time but it’s all about not letting it kill your WHOLE song. She fixed it and continued. I’m a fan.
Well, we had another elimination and Keith and Jeremy both went home. I sound like a broken record but at this point in the competition, everybody going home is going to be good so we just gotta deal with it. Would those 2 have been the ones you sent home? Did you agree with the judges? Shoot, do you agree with me? Let me know! Let’s see what happens next week!