Before I give a brief recap, I’d like to start with two confessions:
1. I watch BET once (maybe twice) a year. All other times, it’s pretty much irrelevant.
2. I can’t sing a lick, but I think I know good singing when I hear it.[featured-image]
Overall, the show was pretty amazing. You can’t go wrong w/ Donnie and Yolanda cuts. I was impressed by some people and not so impressed by others. One thing that really stuck out for me was what I’d like to call the “anointing demarcation”. Some folks had it. Some folks didn’t.
For the sake of time, I’ll give you my top three:
3. Duward Davis “Victory Chant”
When I heard him I thought, “Praise and Worship leader written all over him”. Come to find out: surprise, surprise he was the P&W leader at a church that a close friend of mine attended some years back. Buddy seamlessly sang this song and it was very obvious he internalized what he was singing. I always look to see if the artist/pastor has done this before they sing/preach. It was apparent that Duward had done so. Like he mentioned in his bio before the song, this is his ministry. An early favorite of mine.
2. LeAndria Johnson “In the Midst of It All”
My God!!!! I remember when that sista came up in the try outs in some flip flops. She had a compelling story and I was curious whether her voice would match her experience. When you’ve gone through that much you can’t help but to praise God with your entire being. Not only did she sing my favorite Yolanda Adams song, she had me up in my crib speaking in tongues. I measure this stuff on a “chills scale” from 1-10 (1 being the lowest). Did this performance give you chills? I know it did for me. I’d give it a 9 on the chills scale, only because I think she’s going to get better each week. I was truly blessed by her performance.
1. Elder Goldwire McClendon “The Battle is the Lord’s”
Where I grew up, deacons would often stand up and do a brief devotional prior to service (in true Baptist form). As a kid, I thought it was interesting because sometimes they didn’t even say words. There was just a moan from the depths of their souls. Now some deacons did it for show, but there were others who you know had “it”. Elder McClendon has “it”. I’d go a bit further and say that I saw a little Rance Allen at the end of the performance when he hit ’em with a nice little run to take it over the top. When I tell you I felt the Holy Spirit during his performance….Oh weeee! 79 years of experiencing God coming through each and every day, it’s no wonder the Elder could proclaim that the battle was the Lord’s with such passion and conviction. This is why it’s so easy to distinguish the people who are there for a contract/car/show and those who are there to minister to the people of God!
Who was your favorite? Why? Who was your least favorite? Why? Share your thoughts.