Singer/Songwriters in Southern Gospel, chapter 2
I had intended yesterday’s post as a standalone post. But something came up in the comments which comes up frequently enough that it deserves its own discussion.
Nobody really disputes that a singer/songwriter can bring a passion to their song that’s hard to match, since they’ve lived the lyrics.
But can it be done? Can an artist who has been down a similar path, with similar life experiences, bring the same pathos and enthusiasm as the original songwriter?
My personal opinion: It’s rare but possible. I think of someone like George Younce singing “Thanks to Calvary” (which, admittedly, the Gaithers wrote from his life experiences) or “Sinner Saved by Grace,” or Libbi Perry Stuffle singing “I Will Find You Again,” or Bryan Hutson singing “When God Ran.” So I think it can be done.