Sup folks! Two posts in one day. *Put those hands together!*
As I mentioned last week, this past Sunday I got to attend the live recording concert of JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise from Bridgeport, CT. Traffic got the best of us and we got there a little late, but being the seasoned saints we are, we were right on time. (Let’s be real folks, what major church event EVER starts on time?)
JJ and crew re-energized my love for choirs and choir music. Arguably, choirs as we knew them have kind of taken a backseat to groups and ensembles or dance troupes and step teams POSING as choirs. It was so refreshing to see a group of people stand on stage and just SING strong but with youthful energy. Awesome job YP! I can’t wait for the CD to come out! You had to be there to truly understand how dope it was, but my dude Gerard Bonner fom GospelFlava.com who was on my row taking photos hooked me up with a few so I’m sharing you guys who couldn’t make it. Enjoy
JJ opened the show looking sharp. Suit, tuxedo shirt, bowtie and Nike Blazers. Glad we got this picture though, because you know he didn't keep that jacket and bowtie on for long!
This is what SANGING looks like. Dorinda Clark-Cole sang the blood out of a song that I can't remember the name of, but by the time she was done there was no one sitting down. But that wasn't it. Donnie McClurkin was sitting in the front row to support but Dorinda and JJ couldn't just let him sit there, so he jumped up and took us ALL THE WAY IN! I'm gonna stop here, I'm going in again just thinking about it!
Deon Kipping (Mr. "Incredible God") also showed up as a special guest. Yes, that is an iPhone in his hand. (I won't get into it...)
Bishop Eric McDaniel (known for the original recording of the Ricky Dillard & New G hit "One More chance") was also in the building.
Lorraine Stancil almost turned the stage into a mini war zone. There was so much stuff flying accross that stage. Dorinda Clark-Cole hit her in the head with a handkerchief and Lorraine kicked both her shoes so high in the air that she almost assaulted the entire alto section, making her the official Pattie Labelle of Gospel. But theatrics aside, the woman can BLOW. I think her voice could wake the dead!
Praise & Worship artist Stephen Hurd was also in the building. That's my preliminary judging buddy from the D.C. auditions for Sunday Best!
Troy Bright (of the Kurt Carr Singers) leading the Youthful Praise tenors.
Final shout out to JJ and everybody in Youthful Praise for a hot session. I better get the very first copy of the CD so I can share with the folks on BET.com. I’m putting y’all on blast! Ha!