Someone Else’s Signature
Yesterday evening, I caught a concert by The Old Paths. One highlight of the evening was lead singer Tim Rackley’s version of “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy.” The song, of course, is a signature song for current Gaither Vocal Band lead singer Michael English. English’s vocal gymnastics on the song could not be farther from the solidly straight-ahead lead vocals Rackley typically offers. Rackley wisely did not attempt to match English’s gymnastics, but he added enough runs to his more straightforward rendition to convey an appropriate level of passion.
This got me wondering. What are some of the other signature songs for one singer that have become exceptionally strong showstoppers in the hands of another singer?
(Note: Keep the discussion positive and constructive; no comments, please, about perceived weaknesses of the original renditions of signature songs!)