With such an intense show…it could not have been deemed a better intro than the one given. To open with one of the greatest gospel legends of our times, The Clark Sisters, was classic and befitting. It was an entourage that set the atmosphere properly. However, there was more to come. The momentum of not knowing the outcome of this episode (August 19, 2012, Episode 9) was a fierce fire. I know, if you were like me, you were consumed with anticipation. Furthermore, Kirk said, many times, that the theme for season five was, “ALL FAITH, NO FEAR.” If you were watching this episode…that’s exactly what you saw. The ‘Fabulous Four’ came out strong and confident. They exhibited NO FEAR…just FAITH. However, the ultimate Sunday Best title is only for one. “Many are called but only ONE will be crowned.”
The first of the ‘Fabulous Four’, Danetra Moore, who has always presented herself with elegance and class, inside and out, came out and sung her jazzy version of “Jesus Will Work It Out.” What an excellent presentation. Danetra was followed by Michal Lampkin who, as always, took us to church. As stated by judge CeCe Winans, ‘He knows how to have church.” He sang ‘Awesome God’ and encouraged the atmosphere to shift to one that was conducive of praise and worship. What an awesome ability he possesses! Judge Donnie McClurkin stated that, “He has the ability to preach his way out of trouble.” What a smart man. We are proud to have had Danetra and Michael share their talent with us, and we are sincerely torn that they had to leave the show. However, we know that this is just the beginning of their journey and we look to see and hear more from them in the future.
Next to grace the stage was our very own Miss Alexis Spight, a.k.a. ‘Baby Girl.’ She also exhibited NO FEAR which was clearly projected by her choice of song. She sang, “Calvary,” which was made famous by vocal coach, Kim Burrell. She confidently showed her vocal ability to flex and move between octaves with skill, control, and passion. She was calm and beautiful. Kim Burrell gave her TWO THUMBS UP, from the heart…Excellent job. Alexis was followed by Joshua Rodges, a.k.a. ‘Young Buck’, who makes singing look so easy, who sang “Well Done.” Joshua possesses an anointing that is tangible and transferable, as stated by Judge Donnie McClurkin. He passionately expresses this in song by letting listeners hear it and feel it. Joshua is a mature seasoned singer who has a very bright future. Kirk, ironically, gave Joshua a hearty, ‘Well Done”!! We are proud.
As stated earlier in this episode, “This is one of the most incredible seasons of all”. Um, Um, Umm!! Only two remain… Alexis and Joshua. My, My, My!! What shall the end be? Well, as the old cliché says, “It’s ON…like a pot of neck bones.”
Written by L. Rachelle Staley, singer, songwriter, author and blogger @LRachelleStaley