Sup folks! This week for Sunday Best 3 weâ€™re in Philly. But Iâ€™m going to get right to the recap. Youâ€™ve had enough intro! Ha! Read the rest of this entry »
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Sup folks.Â Me…again.Â I told you, I’m not going anywhere.Â Just the other day (yesterday) I was watching all the old episodes of Sunday Best just to see if I may have gotten something wrong, would change something I said in the past, etc.Â I think for the most part, my feelings throughout the season would have been the same.Â
But then, the Choir Director in me rose up as I watched the episode where they wore those robes and backed up Byron Cage. Read the rest of this entry »
From 5, to 6, to 4.Â Part of the reason I got into the entertainment business is because I wasn’t the greatest Math student, but these numbers just aren’t adding up! Bringing back 1 to kick off 2? Just wrong… Oh well. Read the rest of this entry »
And then there were 5. Didnâ€™t we just have 20 last week? Gotta keep it movinâ€™ I guess. Sheesh!
Anyway, letâ€™s see how we got here. Read the rest of this entry »
So I’m in West Palm Beach, FL on business and wasn’t sure I’d be able to watch the show in time to blog.Â Thankfully, I caught the re-air.Â Now, please be patient and read through the entire post. I will giveÂ my honest perspective and comment on the top 10, but let’s be fair and give the 10 performers from Episode 4 their just due first! Read the rest of this entry »
*Passes the mic to Vashawn*
What up people!
Itâ€™s VaShawn Mitchell with my â€ś4-centsâ€ť on Sunday Best â€śEpisode 2.â€ťÂ Let me begin by giving big-ups to my boy Torrence for bringing us the gospel truth and nothing but!Â Â Â
First and foremost, let me get this out the way, I am on a personal mission to have the saints take the â€śsâ€ť off of EYES!Â Civilla Martin (the writer) & Charles Gabriel (Musical Arranger) done rolled out of their graves.Â â€śHIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROWâ€ťâ€”singular, not plural!Â Now that thatâ€™s out the way let me move this train.Â
A unicycle, â€śCan you believe it?â€ťÂ BeBe was wrong for telling her to finish the song while she rode. LOLâ€”comedy!Â I believe it was Ericka that almost took me outta here and said, â€śCome back when Sunday Best becomes a circus!â€ťÂ Then the laughter kept coming with a rap version of â€śHis Eye is on the Sparrow.â€ťÂ Itâ€™s amazing some of the people that will get the nerve to audition. And, to top it off, she said she was not a singer!Â So much comedy!
Finally, a breath of fresh air, Latice, made it to the next round with her melodic voice.Â I was smiling because she was a favorite of mine from the prelim.Â Â I look forward to seeing her progress throughout the show.Â
John McClureâ€”yo this dudeâ€™s voice is amazingly smooth.Â It was great to hear him sing and not try all the runs and high notes in the book.Â Â I have to admit, although I am from Chicago and currently reside in Atlantaâ€”D.C. had some great talent.Â It was hard to narrow it down with so many great singers.Â Â
On another note, if we could have judged on fashion we might have wiped out half the crowd at the door. â€śWhat were some of yaâ€™ll thinking?â€ťÂ Â Speaking of fashion DONâ€™Tâ€™Sâ€¦ Clifton deceived the judges according to â€śSimon,â€ť oops I mean BeBe Winans. His look didnâ€™t match his singing ability.Â Oh, but when he opened his mouth this brother just can sang!Â
Danetra Mooreâ€”I guess she said sheâ€™s gonna go for the trinityâ€¦Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I love persistence. Keep believing in your dreams! LOL! Shameless plug, but I am â€śfor serious!â€ť
A stand out talent for me was Tammy Turner. Itâ€™s amazing she almost didnâ€™t make it out of her second round.Â The judges were debating on whether she should go through or not.Â They asked her to sing several times, but I personally was convinced there was something that made her uniquely stand out from the rest.Â I donâ€™t know if she will be Sundayâ€™s Best, but Iâ€™m sure she will bring attention with her style.Â P.S.â€”If u read this I remember you from singing at the Apollo. Shhhh! I wonâ€™t tell the saints.Â They just wonâ€™t understand…LOL!
Yâ€™Annaâ€” I canâ€™t say much about you because I am Bapticostal and it donâ€™t take much to make me dance. Donâ€™t push me I will dance! Anointed…thatâ€™s all I can say.
Lastly, I have to admit that I didnâ€™t get a chance to see Jessica Reedy in the preliminary round. So, my first time hearing her was on the show and OMG.Â She just got it!Â I thank God for you. This girl is destined to become a national favorite in the show.Â The world is waiting on this type of anointing, coupled with that powerful testimony.Â
This has been my little piece on â€śEpisode 2,â€ť but before I sign-off I want you to keep on the look-out for Bridgett Campbell-Croft & Byron Nichols. They didnâ€™t make it to the finals, but both are phenomenal.Â To everyone else, peace, and until next time rememberâ€” WHATS COMING FOR YOU IS STILL BETTER THAN WHATS BEEN!Â
*takes mic from Vashawn*
Much thanks to my bro Vashawn for giving his “4 cents.” (Those Bapticostals always got to add EXTRA I tell ya!)
Check back a little later today to hear the ENTIRE new Tonex album, in stores today!
So, I finally got a chance to watch last night’s episode…and…I cracked up!Â Is it just me or was this episode extra hilarious? Let’s get into it shall we?
Now I’m all for a new “arrangement” or “interpretation” of a classic hymn, but one thing I noticed as a judge in DC and overall is that folks hide behind their arrangements when in reality, they just can’t sing the melody.Â The woman who opened the show I’m thinking fell into that category. I won’t discuss the unicycle.
Y’Anna Crawley, I have absolutely nothing to say to your ridiculously singing self! Jesus! I just felt the “whoosh.” (That’s the moment RIGHT BEFORE you get up out your seat to run, shout, speak in tongues, fall out or any combo thereof.)
John McClure was one of the more refreshing male voices I got to hear in the audition process.Â I was a judge in 2 of the rooms he auditioned in and I voted to push him through each time.Â I’ll tell you why. John (and a few others) guys in DC really impressed me with their ability to…..can I be direct? With their ability to sound like guys.Â Stop pretending you don’t know what I’m talking about, but for a while now in music in general, it’s been a little rough for dudes with lower or more masculine voices.Â If you had no really high notes, we’d say you were “alright” or “had no range”Â and be over it.Â Well in DC, it was refreshing to see guys who sounded like guys who made you pay attention and appreciate them.Â I was not mad!
Torrence loves the kids, so I’m going to be real careful about what I say here.Â Whoever is that 11 year old boy’s choir director, is going to have to teach that young man the difference between his “choir voice” and his “solo voice.”Â That vibrato was a little much, but hey, he was 11.Â He has all the time in the world to learn, now for adults with the same problem? Not sure what to tell ya.
I’ll admit, I was a little wary of Sharon Gomez when she walked into that judging room with her bible?Â I was afraid she might try and preach and be “deep.”Â But her voice was soft and beautiful. (Isn’t that a perm or something?) If Sunday Best doesn’t work out for her, I’d love to hear her do an album of gospel lullabyes. (Hush!)
Clifton Ross, I LIKED YOUR SWEATER!Â Aside from that though, Clifton could really sing.Â I can’t wait to hear what he does in the competition. I got to hear him sing a few times throughout the DC audition process, and he’s really got a voice on him. Don’t sleep!
Remember Danetra? She auditioned in all 3 cities and still didn’t make it? I got a feeling you’re going to see her again really soon.Â And I personally thought she was really good too.Â
As I watched the show and as I write this blog, it really started to hit me how difficult Mary Mary and Bebe’s jobs are. You only have 20 slots to fill but so many people who can really blow.Â I think we all agree some really good singers got cut.Â Bridgette Campbell-Croft auditioned in the online casting, Atlanta, and DC.Â This woman SINGS! She’s another contestant who came through one of my audition rooms in DC.Â She really blew us away.Â
I have no words for that “lady” in the track jacket who attempted to bark “My Life Is In Your Hands” while Kirk sat in pure Blair Witch fear.Â Kirk, I would have helped you if I could have! ha! She actually auditioned in one of my judging rooms as well.Â Stephen Hurd, Maurette Brown-Clark and I have an inside joke on this one and we’re going to keep it that way! Hehehe.
Luther Griffin’s was one of those auditions that leave you shaking your head.Â Not because it’s necessarily bad, but because something just doesn’t seem “right.”Â He almost sounds like a cartoon character of some kind.Â I just expected a different voice to come out of him….and one did!
Now I’m going to rant for just a sec.Â Bear with me.Â There was a young man who auditioned in DC named Byron NicholsÂ whom they showed for just a few seconds and was called a “one note blunder.”Â Do not be tricked folks! That dude can SING! Do you hear me? I mean REALLY singÂ in that “I could be a vocal coach” kind of way.Â Maybe his nerves got toÂ him on that one note they showed but hear me when I tell you, that brother is sick with it. (Yeah, I was one of his preliminary judges too!)
Guitar boy?Â If you can’t play it, don’t bring it.
I’m almost done, but I have to give a special mention to Jessica Reedy, the contestant who closed the show.Â She, in one day’s time, became one of my favorite singers. Period. Everytime she opened her mouth, she brought me to tears, literally. (Folks were laughing at me and I didn’t currrrrrrr!)Â She is not one to miss. TRUST ME!
Well, that’s it and I’m out.Â Check back tomorrow for my guest blogger, Vashawn Mitchell to weigh in with his 3 cents on Sunday’s episode and make sure to listen to Praise 100.9FM tomorrowÂ to hear me recap the show with Melanie Clark @ 1 p.m. (ET).Â