As I revisit some songs and voices that caught my attention when I was first learning about gospel music, I’m going to try to do something a little different from simply talking about why I liked them. I will describe as best I can my initial thought process in reaction to these clips, but then I’ll draw some conclusions from my impressions that might be of promotional use to artists who want to draw in “newbies” like I was at the time.
I can think of no better way to kick off this blog than by revisiting the video that started it all for me: Steve Green and Wes Hampton singing “It is Well.”
When I found this duet in very early 2010, it encouraged me to find out more about the Gaither Vocal Band because I was so impressed by Wes Hampton. Even if you’ve seen it before, it’s worth seeing again:
Something else that really impressed me here was Wes’s presence and demeanor—not merely his voice, but his presence. From the moment he came on to the moment he stepped off stage, there was not even the faintest trace of arrogance or over-confidence. He was sharp and clean-cut. He was humble and classy. He didn’t try to push himself forward in any way. He sang clearly and powerfully, but not so as to “outdo” Steve. In fact, he even went out of his way to say, “If there’s a mistake, it’s my fault.” Everything about him said, “I can’t believe I’m singing with Steve Green—what an honor!” At the same time, Steve was genuinely excited to share the stage with Wes, and he treated him like an equal. Wes in turn proved that he had the talent to meet the challenge. A young singer with that much talent could have allowed it to go to his head and behaved like a little twerp. But Wes didn’t.