Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm.
We’re getting closer and closer to Sunday Best 4 auditions and I’m so excited. One of the reasons I’m so excited is because the BET.com Digital VIP Suite is coming back for for a 2nd year. So for those of you who don’t know, here’s how the Digital VIP Suite Works…
You can find all about the regular auditions at www.bet.com/sundaybest (dates, locations, song list, etc.). Those begin at 7am for the general public and you go through a series of rounds and cuts to determine who makes it to the “Judges Round” with Donnie McClurkin & Mary Mary. Many people make it to the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th round and get cut before seeing the judges. But then there’s the VIP! There you can:
*Skip the line
*Audition away from the crowd with ME (Torrence) and my special guest preliminary judges (Dallas – Durward Davis, Los Angeles – Crystal Aikin, Atlanta – Isaac Carree/Ted Winn & maybe more..)
*But here’s the best part, we have the power TO ADVANCE YOU STRAIGHT TO THE JUDGES ROUND. (No waiting, no 3 and 4 rounds. If we say yes, you go!)
But there can only be 200 VIP’s in each city so in order to be one you have to: Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm.
Will probably make this quick. (Or not, it depends on when my fingers stop.) I sometimes take issue with how “transparent” my blogs can be. At times I kind of just tell everything when I’m not at all sure if I should, but it’s kind of who I am I guess because a lot of times it helps. So this weekend, my grandmother who raised me along with my godparents after the death of my parents when I was a kid, died this weekend. (Y’all know I’m extremely churchy , but I have a hard time with “lost” and “passed away.” Just sound odd when I say them… *shrug*) Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm.
Sup folks.What would we do without social networks? I’m serious, I feel like there has been so much that I’ve found out via twitter, facebook, etc. that I may have never heard or known about otherwise. Today’s post is an example. I kept hearing buzz about this new artist Justin Savage who had released a single called “Encourage” that folks were loving and many wanted to know what I thought of it.
I’ll be honest and tell you why they wanted to know what I thought of it. Most of you know that I’m not always a fan of what I like to call “Pretty Jesus” music. (I’ll tell the story one day of how that name came to be.) But in case you don’t remember what it means, I tend to label Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and Praise & Worship (as a genre) pretty Jesus music, because it’s well sometimes a little overly….. pretty. I hope I’m making sense, it’s a matter of taste so don’t go going off on me! Well, anyway a lot of my gospel folks were falling in love with this song and wanted to know what I thought about it because the song kind of rides the fence of Gospel and “Pretty Jesus.”
But the verdict is in and the song is GREAT! Yes, the song is overwhelmingly “pretty” but it’s really a BEAUTIFUL song. Justin’s voice is one we don’t get to hear in gospel too often, it’s pure. During the Sunday Best Season, I touched on the need for more voices that just sounded good with nothing extra. Tricks, runs, growls, screams etc. are great in their proper place and he does a few but it all starts with the voice! Add to that, lyrics that aren’t typical but are genuinely….encouraging? I can dig it!
Justin’s story is interesting because he’s been known in the industry for years mainly as a musician/producer/songwriter for some pretty big names. (Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Donald Lawrence and Richard Smallwood, Israel & New Breed (the reigning CEO of Pretty Jesus Incorporated) and quite a few others.) The artist role is new for him and is a big step but after listening to this first single I think he’s doing the right thing and I’m looking forward to what’s next from him. Long live the pretty, beautiful Jesus music! Ha!
Listen to “Encouraged” by Justin Savage, tell me what you think and if you like it go grab it from iTunes. (I’m back on my BUY gospel music so you’ll have gospel music campaign HARD!) Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm.
Sup folks, this will be quick because I need to rush out of the office, run some errands and get home in time for what “affectionately” (side-eye) call “TBN Black Night.” I found out today that the episode featuring Vashawn Mitchell would be airing TONIGHT and not in a few weeks as planned. I was there and it’s a really good episode. Donnie McClurkin hosts and Steve Harvey and Andrea McClurkin-Mellini are on the show too. Tears just flying everywhere, I even think from yours truly! (What can I say, that “Nobody Greater” gets me EVERYTIME!!!!)
So yeah, back to what we’re here for. Today’s song that “got me together” was off of Deitrick Haddon’s last solo project “Revealed” and is probably one of my favorite songs from the CD. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm.
Hey folks, last night the 2 day memorial festivities for Bishop Walter Hawkins began with the memorial concert “The Man, The Music, The Ministry: A Musical Salute to Bishop Walter Hawkins” . I wanted to make it to Oakland to attend but prior commitments and logistics just didn’t allow it, but thankfully our good friend of the blog BJ Daniels was able to attend and was willing to recap the night for us for those who didn’t make it. As I’m sure most of you know, I’m pretty active on the social media platform “Twitter” and it’s proven to be a rather remarkable way to bring people together and share information. Although most of us were unable to be at last night’s concert, you were able to get some updates of what was going on from different people on twitter. For example, the program photo tot he right was captured and posted by gospel artist DeWayne Woods. And our guest blogger today, BJ Daniels was able to offer his recap to me via twitter when he realized that I wasn’t there. How dope is that!
BJ Daniels is an administrator at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, Washington, DC, graphic designer, former gospel radio announcer and gospel enthusiast. He also has his own blog, so you should check it out here!
***passes mic to BJ Daniels*** Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 5:48 pm.
More details are coming in for the funeral/homegoing celebration of Walter Hawkins. Some of gospel and even r&b’s most talented and influential artists are coming to salute and pay tribute to Hawkins.
“The Man, The Music, The Ministry: A Musical Salute to Bishop Walter Hawkins” – Tuesday July, 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Masters Of Ceremonies: Bebe Winans, Marvin Winans, & Dr. Bobby Jones Read the rest of this entry »
Published 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. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm.
Sup folks. Sunday, our “wildcard” Martha Buries time on Sunday Best 3 also came to an end. Martha accomplished the extremely difficult task of having to “redeem” herself after she technically was already sent home. The judges picked a top 10 and she wasn’t in it, but there was something in her that made the judges bring her back. And after she came back, she stayed! Everybody couldn’t have done that. I think most of the contestants in the final 20 contest are great, but Martha was one of my favorites and I always looked forward to her from week to week because she always brought a little something new that I didn’t think she was capable of. I don’t think this will be the last of Martha either, but until she comes back out to hopefully bring us some new music, here’s Martha’s guest blog. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm.
Sup folks. On Sunday, we said goodbye to Tiffany Carlin-Laird from Sunday Best 3. It’s been bittersweet the last few weeks because like we keep having to remind ourselves, great singers will be going home. Tiffany is obviously one of those people it hurt to see leave but I predict and believe that she just left the show, but not the gospel music industry. We’ll be seeing and hearing her again, but until then here’s Tiffany in her own words. Read the rest of this entry »
Published by Torrence Glenn on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm.
Hey folks. On last night’s episode of Sunday Best we lost 4 contestants as we went from 11 to the top 7. Tawanna Tarvin, whom I unofficially dubbed as a “gospera” singer in the vein of Lecresia Campbell was sent home after what I think were 2 great live performances. We know everyone can’t win but it’s still hard to see people go home. Because as with any competition show, contestants end up with a ton of new fans, I wanted to give Tawanna a chance to speak to you all in her own words.
*Passes mic to Tawanna* Read the rest of this entry »