JANUARY 25, 2007
SONG CHOICES SEPARATING THE PACK
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!
I keep harping about how important song selection is in this competition. Now I understand that the judges are taking on that responsibility and choosing the songs for next week.
That's a pretty awesome task and the contestants are going to want to do one of two things: throw their arms around the judges and give them a great big wet kiss, or they are going to want to slash the judges' tires. This is because a great choice will propel them and a bad choice could mean their ticket home ... I will be there next week with my fingers crossed, for the judges and the contestants.
You are a real stylist. You have a cool sound, but you are limited in your range and vocal ability. That's fine, but you MUST pick songs that complement your style, not show your limitations. I'm afraid your song choice did the latter.
You were pitchy through most of that performance and you looked as uncomfortable as you sounded. Bring back Meg from Week Two!!!
David St. Romain
I am still underwhelmed by that song choice and how it would give me any sense of who you are as an artist. You started off shaky but gained power toward the end of the song. I still think there is a performance in you that is going to blow us all away. You have the vocal chops, just figure out the rest of it.
What I love about you is that your confidence allows you to always challenge yourself in the songs you select. In other words, you never opt for the easy songs, but those that have a lot of range and that are harder to sing.
I was a bit nervous because I thought you picked a key that was a bit too high ... but you still pulled it off. Had you lowered the key you might have had a stronger performance, but you were right on pitch. Way to go!
ANYBODY can play it safe and pick a country standard or a megahit to play on this show. I love that you dig deeper and continually pick songs that show off your artistic direction. That's the difference between an artist and a karaoke singer. You delivered with your vocals and stage presence.
I usually don't comment on wardrobe because the music is much more important, but I do have to say, it takes a REAL man to wear that jacket!
I can't tell you how many times I have heard "I Can't Make You Love Me", be it on the countless demos by aspiring singers or the live versions in clubs. But one thing about that song is that it demands more than just a great vocal. It must be delivered with an emotional rawness and a believability to pull it off. Once again, you delivered the magic, both vocally and emotionally. I think this performance solidified your place as lead dog in this race!!
I know you're a great singer because you've been consistent enough to make me believe this was an uncharacteristically bad night for you. You sang flat from the get-go, and I could tell you knew it because your performance lacked your usual spunk. Honestly, I did not think that was a good song choice for you when I heard you were doing it, and the slow tempo did not help.
Let's hope the viewers cut you some slack. I would love to see you redeem yourself next week. I know you can.
Hang in there contestants, and may the force be with you and those song selections next week!!!