[Note: Several people have pointed out that I was comparing apples and oranges to some extent by initially choosing a live performance by Franklin and a studio recording by Hollens. I’ve now additionally provided something from the studio by Franklin and something live by Hollens to make it optimally fair.]
I don’t know how many ideas I’ll come up with for this series, but I’ve collected enough that I think it’ll work for a little while at least. Here’s the concept: I choose two artists, one officially under the “southern gospel” umbrella (although the music they perform might resemble another genre like pop or country) and one from a different genre like CCM or a secular field. These two artists share some resemblances—their styles may be similar, and in some cases they might even look alike! Your task is to render a verdict on which you prefer judging by the clips I provide.
Today, I’m spotlighting his rendition of the folk classic “Shenandoah,” in which he not only sings every part but also manages to make his voice sound like a string quartet (it fooled my mom):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FJN8O3VDQ0?rel=0&w=560&h=315 You can see why I chose Terry Franklin to represent southern gospel in this first installment, since Terry is also an old hand at recording himself multiple times. Although I can’t find any of his demos available publicly, I thought I would feature his take on “There is A River,” which showcases his power and range:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j7--it-k50?rel=0&w=420&h=315 [Updated: I’ve also found and added this lovely song for his wife, since it seemed fair to show off what his voice sounds like in the studio too.]
So which do you prefer? Comment below and let me know!