Torrence’s Take on Sunday Best 5: Episode 8Published by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm.
Hey folks. So what did you think of this past Sunday’s episode. It was an “emotional” one for a lot of you, I know. It was for us too who work on the show. TRUST ME! You guys have been hitting me to get my thoughts and I had a hard time getting them together but here they are. Let’s go!
Before we got to the competition portion of the show, one of my favorite singers in the whole entire universe and beyond Jason Nelson performed his hit song “Shifting The Atmosphere.” I don’t throw this word around a whole lot because it’s misused and used to abuse so often but that dude is more anointed than a little bit. It makes no sense. And with all that anointing, he just happens to be one of the sickest and slickest vocalists since Kim Burrell. So during his entire performance I was just tickled. His singing and ministry do it for me. AWESOME! Whew!
But now let’s get to the competition. Kizzy Walker opened the show with “Keep Your Head To The Sky” by Earth, Wind & Fire. OK, I know y’all all chuckled with me on that “soft clap.” I think it was one of those things that just slipped out and once it was out you had no choice but to laugh. If you’ve ever had to clap with a mic in your hand, you’re usually not doing a full clap, you’re just kind of tapping your hands together to engage the audience which is essentially a soft clap, so I think she just though about it and the words just came out. OK, I’ve digressed enough. That clap wasn’t really a part of the song. She killed to me and let us see another side of her. I liked hearing her kind of “swag” that song out and getting to hear a new placement. That almost false head voice thing she did was everything to me!
Next up was Ashford Sanders with “Make Me Better” by James Cleveland. Raise your hand if you did the Ashford at any point Sunday night! Ha! This dude just knows how to work a song. It was great, and he didn’t oversing it. I’ve heard a lot of people sing “too much” on this song. He did it just right. He let the bgv’s have their moment and everything. He’s just dope!
After Ashford was Joshua Rogers with “God In Me” by Mary Mary. I really enjoyed this. I think I enjoyed it more because we got to see him have fun and try something different. And although this was a hit song, you’d be surprised to know that he was uncomfortable with it at first. This was definitely a stretch for him which is what I love the most about shows like this. The song stretched Joshua and he met the challenge. When you look at new singers on shows like this, you start to try to imagine them going past the stage show and into the real world industry and you wonder if they can pull off material that isn’t so typical or comfortable. Well Joshua, we heard it and you got it!
Next was Alexis Spight performing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round.” Almost perfect! Singing a song like that acapella is a real test because you’ve got to rely on your ears not just for the singing YOU’RE doing but for what everyone else is doing too. Because there’s no real instrumentation or chords to support what you’re singing, you’ve got to be extra on and Alexis was. The changes, the modulations, etc. were perfect. There were some incidental notes torward the end and one note she overshot completely but the rest of the performance was so tight, all you could do was acknowledge it and move on. Ha! That girl is serious!
Michael Lampkin came next with Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear.” I don’t even know what I’m supposed to do with this? I didn’t even know that song could go like that or that he could go like that. I mean, it’s been clear from day one that he was a beast, but that right there? No words. Hands down, the performance of the night. (On a night where ALL the performances were amazing so that’s saying something!)
Rounding off the night was Danetra Moore doing a brave rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Look To You.” Wow. A performance like this to me is the perfect example of what separates “singers” from “artists” and we all know they are quite different. With her ability to sing, holla, squall and squeal like she can she could have easily done all of that to that song but she showed perfect restraint in her execution. She took you in, up and out calmly and beautifully. Awesome!
Although it was a close call, Ashford and Kizzy went home. I don’t feel sorry for them though, I see bright futures for both of them and they’re going to do well. So what do you think? Did the judges get it right? Did I?