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:
There are so many reasons why I liked this clip, not least of which was the fact that this is one of the greatest hymns ever written. And of course, both Steve and Wes are highly gifted singers who complement each other superbly. But I think what most appealed to me was simply the beauty of seeing a legend interact with a young up-and-comer. Cross-generational moments like that are always fun to watch. (Plus, neither of them is that bad on the eyes… okay, just kidding. 😉 )
Conclusions: First, it’s a very good thing for established artists to recognize and include young up-and-comers. But not only is it good for the industry, it catches the attention of the younger demographic. Second, personal appearance matters. It’s the first thing people notice about you. If you walk out on stage put-together, modest, and classy, don’t think the audience won’t take note and appreciate it. They will.