JANUARY 11, 2007
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE SEASON FIVE FINALISTS
Former Nashville Star Judge and Consulting Producer Tracy Gershon still keeps a close eye on the show and will be checking in each week with her opinions of the finalists. Considering that she signed Miranda Lambert at Sony and will be molding our next Nashville Star as Vice President of A&R at Warner Brothers Records ... ya'll might want to listen up!
Personally, I like you because you remind me of my girl, Miranda Lambert! You have that same spunk and sass (must be something in the Texas water.) You even have a bit of her vocal quality except for that pesky ol' Pitch Thing that seems to be living on that Nashville Star stage tonight ... watch that pitch!! Choose your covers wisely. I see something in you, but you are going to have to step it up to keep going. I hope it's not too late.
Blake was right, you are a front-runner in this contest. Your performance was one of the best performances of the night, easily. It had energy, commitment, and you DID connect with the audience. I did not hear one bad note. That's impressive. I'd love to hear songs that show off the more country side of you!
I loved your vocal quality; it reminded me of Lacy J. Dalton. We could use a voice like that in our format! It was an emotional and heartfelt performance, and I believed every word you sang. Believe me when I say this, any Music Industry Insider should know that the Wal-Mart shopper accounts for a huge percentage of our record sales. Who cares how they dress as long as they love and buy country music!!! I loved seeing the down home side of you, that's what country music is all about. That and a passionate performance ... you showed us both. (And you clean up well!)
It's obvious you love being on the stage. I think that was a good song choice, but the pitch problems kept you from really pulling it off. OOH Blake! You are going to get a Texas tongue lashing from a certain someone regarding the "bottom end" comment!!
Randy Owen was smart to mention that you were probably singing a half step too high. I think he was also telling you, in the nicest way possible, that you had some pitch problems. Personally, I was pretty torn between you and Rickiejoleen as far as who to send home. What made me lean toward keeping you was this: there is something very endearing and likeable about you. However, you are going to have to prove (and probably in the next show) that you are capable of entertaining 5,000 people in a concert venue, as opposed to 50 people in a local coffeehouse.
David St. Romain
You have a good personality on stage as well as a good vocal quality. My advice, KEEP THE GUITAR! If one certain song lends itself to ditch it, and ONLY if you are comfortable playing without it, then go for it. In my book, playing a guitar and being able to accompany yourself is a big asset! Often it sets apart the artist from the karaoke singer.
With all due respect to Randy Owen, I rather liked your song choice. I thought it showed a nice direction for you. We record company types like to see artists with a vision for themselves. Keep with a style that suits your vocals and your personality. It will help you go far in the contest.
I could have just as easily seen you go tonight. Anastasia was right when she said it wasn't fun to watch you. You have to make the audience feel like you are having a great time up on stage, and then they will have a great time with you. Your vocals don't impress me. There is nothing really wrong, just nothing to make me want to go make a record on you.
My gut is that you are one of the best vocalists of the bunch. But you need to learn to let those nerves work for you -- not against you. Those nerves made you sing off pitch. When Blake said relax and breathe, he meant it literally. Let it rip next week. Make it the week that you really have fun! Forget about the judges, forget about the audience, sing like your wife is the only one sitting in that audience, and your performance is meant for her! I really think you are going to shine...
You were having fun up there. Your vocals were okay, but okay is not something I want to sign to a major record deal. I certainly would pay a cover to go see you in a club and drink a few beers and dance on a Friday night! Personally, I would have probably kept you on for one more week to see what else you had, but someone had to go.