This is it, welcome to the finale. America, you had the chance to vote for either Candace Benson or Geoffrey Golden. Both gave some fantastic performances last Sunday but Golden had the edge over Benson with multiple performances at equal or great value compared to each preceding one. While Bishop Hezekiah Walker gave a performance to warm up crowd, I wondered if America voted correctly and put Golden to be the ‘Golden Boy’ of season 7 Sunday Best. Based on how social media commented on his performance, it’s a no-brainer he will undoubtedly walk away with “the all important title, Sunday Best.”
The two-part finale is filled to the brim with a plethora of musical performances from Joe to Yolanda Adams to even Kirk Franklin grabbing a hold of the mic for himself.
In the vignette before his performance, Golden had the support of Kim Burrell for his performance. She said she was going to critique his performance but the spirit of God had informed her to wait. Waiting proved beneficial as his practice performance went on, he improved himself. He sang Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin with gravitas. After his performance we learned he has a passion of writing music. Judge Donnie McClurkin, for his piece of advice, sang a mini duet and praised him for his uniqueness. Kierra was surprised by his arrangement and Yolanda felt he was refreshing.
After a commercial break, R&B artist Joe performed Jesus is Love, originally sung by Lionel Richie, with help by Kirk Franklin on piano.
Candace Benson’s vignette before her performance had Kim Burrell giving her some sound advice about not looking nervous through her performance of I Wont Go Back originally sung by William McDowell. Her performance was really consistent throughout and was humbling. Adams’ said she had grown ‘leaps and bounds’ throughout the entire season. McClurkin held back tears while giving his advice.
After another commercial break, judge Yolanda Adams got up and performed In The Mist of it All and proved that she is truly a one-of-a-kind gospel singer. Her performance was the closing for the first hour.
At the top of the second hour of the finale Ricky Timmons and the New Generation sang Glory is the Land. Kirk Franklin confirmed that Tamela Mann would be performing on the show. And indeed she did; she sang I Can Only Imagine while her husband, David Mann sat in the audience.
Candace Benson, once again took the stage to perform He Heals Me originally performed by India.Arie. Like her other performance of the night, this one was very poignant and collected. It felt like she played it safe but that works in her favor. Kierra felt the arrangement of the song was great and McClurkin thought it was beautiful. Adams thought her performance was enough to grant someone relief and thought in someone looking for an answer.
Golden, or ‘The Black Pavarotti’ as Kirk Franklin calls him, sang When The Battle is Over by Walter Hawkins. Compared to Benson, he’s more open, out there and powerful and strong. They’re two different singers with two distinct styles.
Golden’s performance had people standing, something that has been consistent in every performance thus far. Adams ‘enjoys’ watching him and ‘he’s the full package.’ Kierra said that his performance has everyone focused tuned into him.
Marvin Sapp gave one last performance before the winner was announced. He performed One Thing.
As Franklin was about to read the results, he brought up both Benson and Golden.
The new Season 7 Sunday Best winner is Geoffrey Golden!
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