Tim Duncan announces solo record
From the sound clips, two things jump out: (1) The vocals aren’t over-produced. They’re not perfect, but there is a beauty in authenticity. (2) The song selection shows that Duncan isn’t a casual fan of the bass singers he calls his heroes. He doesn’t pull out “Wedding Music” or “Plan of Salvation” to honor George Younce; he picks “He Came Back.” Of all the songs Rusty Goodman wrote and sang, he chose the obscure but delightful forgotten gem “Let Your Fingers do the Walking.”
Southern Gospel bass singers have historically had challenges in getting solo careers off the ground. More so than for any other vocal part in a Southern Gospel quartet, the bass part requires a comfort level with a range outside most voices’ naturally melodic territory. This makes it a greater challenge for bass singers than for baritones, leads, or tenors to carry a solo album or a solo concert. Some of the challenges are evident, but this project evinces commendable attention to employing the strongest areas of his range.