Somehow I got onto a gospel kick. And I have a day off.
Anyone in the U.S. who is of "my age" will remember Star Search. Sort of a 1980's low-tech version of American Idol, with different categories such as vocalists and fashion models (yes, seriously - there was a Star Search Spokesmodel category ... I ain't always proud of the 80's, but we did what we could ... ). The first Male Vocalist winner was Sam Harris, who was a bit of an anomaly - white boy, sang Motown, eventually confirmed what everyone knew by coming out as gay. I admit to owning a few of his albums back in the 80's (he is cute, after all), but really didn't like his over-the-top versions, preferring his voice when he remained more subtle. But, I gained more and more respect for him later on, when he started performing in (and winning many awards for his roles in) Broadway shows - and when he came out.
This video was done the week after September 11. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show singing "Precious Lord" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". The boy has talent. And knowing that we all remember what that time was like, you'll understand how breathtaking this was back then.