Video: Gaches tackles “I Stand Redeemed”
Ever since Josh Cobb introduced “I Stand Redeemed” on Legacy Five’s debut project, Strong in the Strength, the true test of a Legacy Five tenor has been their rendition of that signature song.
Cobb’s original rendition was in an unearthly-high F, modulating to G. Few other tenors can sing in that range—David Phelps is probably the only tenor on the road today (besides Cobb himself) who could deliver a power-tenor rendition in that key—and following Legacy Five tenors have keyed it down.
Frank Seamans, who recorded the song in 2007 on Know So Salvation, took it down two keys, to E-flat, modulating to F. Gus Gaches takes it down one more key, D modulating to E:
I doubt the issue is whether Gaches can sing the song in the higher keys. He hits throws in fifth intervals (e.g., high As and Bs) here and there, comfortably. So undoubtedly, he can technically hit the notes, but he probably prefers slightly lower territory and more to command to upper range regions with the chance or sounding strained on an off night.
It seems that he is comfortable enough in his own shoes to put his own mark on the song without attempting to equal other renditions. Under Gaches’ ownership, this song will be slightly mellower, less a big ballad and more a message / testimony song. And there is a place for both renditions.