When I watch this video, it absolutely blows my mind that DeAndre Brackensick
was voted off American Idol Season 11 during the Top 8 Results show.
You really have to laugh or else you cry. This guy is so loaded with talent he puts current superstars to shame with their auto-tune, lip-synching approach to the art of performing.
In this video, he reveals every glorious element in his vocal gift. His free, ringing counter-tenor range glistens with a rich purity that is very unusual to hear in a male singer.
In fact, the most renowned classical counter-tenors are a very elite group of artists and, should DeAndre decide to move into this genre, he would enjoy major international success. But, that’s another blog topic.
And, how I love the occasional dip into his lower range when he sings the words “when you ARE blue” at the 1:11 – 1:12 mark. Listen to the clarity of that lower range – that head voice is still there, lightening and focusing his sound with perfect pitch.
And then, there is the performing aspect. DeAndre embodies the joy and passion of a gifted musician. He doesn’t have to think when he sings – he just lives and breathes the music, the phrases ebbing and flowing with musical ease and artistry.
Honestly, what a gift he is to all of us. At least American Idol can take credit for that. Without this show, we would not have had the opportunity to hear this young artist.
And – trust me – we are going to hear a great deal from DeAndre in the years ahead. His talent is unstoppable.
Special thanks to MCL reader, Aubry, for making me aware of this video. MCL readers rock!