Houston Forward Times

02 July 2013 Written by  Grace Boateng

Rising Star: Vincent Powell

“It doesn’t matter what type of song you perform. What matters is the message.” These are wise words from vocal artist Vincent Powell, who had the opportunity to share his message of love to millions people this year with the platform of American Idol.

Tough Vincent was not crowned the victor, the Houston native still made quite the impact drawing responses from celebrity judges like “that hit me somewhere,” “finally,” and “the show started right here.” With comments like that as well as Vincent’s vocal ability and drive, you know that we certainly haven’t seen the last of him yet.

Having been a part of a very musical family, Vincent fell in love with music at a very young age. He recalled moments of sitting around the piano singing songs in harmony with his family as well as his very first public singing experience with Chester D.T. Baldwin which involved some chewing gum and the restarting of the song.

June marked Vincent’s fourth year as a worship leader at Fallbrook church. He wholeheartedly believes in God, but don’t let his Gospel roots fool you. Vincent has made it clear that he wants to reach as many people as he can through his craft and will not limit himself solely to Gospel music.

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American Idol - The auditioning process for Vincent had been a long and arduous one that began several years ago in New Orleans. Faithfully, he returned year after year, learning from each time he was cut. “I started working and studying...what do I need to do as far as eye contact, song selection...” The “No’s” fueled him to become a better artist. Having previously sung background vocals for different artists Vincent had to figure out what was going to take him to the next level. Through all of the hard work, those “No’s” turned to a “Yes” and he had the opportunity to audition for longtime love Mariah Carey who said he “sings like an angel.”

“It doesn’t matter what type of song you perform. What matters is the message.” These are wise words from vocal artist Vincent Powell, who had the opportunity to share his message of love to millions people this year with the platform of American Idol. Though Vincent was not crowned the victor, the Houston native still made quite the impact drawing responses from celebrity judges like “that hit me somewhere,” “finally,” and “the show started right here.” With comments like that as well as Vincent’s vocal ability and drive, you know that we certainly haven’t seen the last of him yet.

Having been a part of a very musical family, Vincent fell in love with music at a very young age. He recalled moments of sitting around the piano singing songs in harmony with his family as well as his very first public singing experience with Chester D.T. Baldwin which involved some chewing gum and the restarting of the song.

June marked Vincent’s fourth year as a worship leader at Fallbrook church. He wholeheartedly believes in God, but don’t let his Gospel roots fool you. Vincent has made it clear that he wants to reach as many people as he can through his craft and will not limit himself solely to Gospel music.

American Idol - The auditioning process for Vincent had been a long and arduous one that began several years ago in New Orleans. Faithfully, he returned year after year, learning from each time he was cut. “I started working and studying...what do I need to do as far as eye contact, song selection...” The “No’s” fueled him to become a better artist. Having previously sung background vocals for different artists Vincent had to figure out what was going to take him to the next level. Through all of the hard work, those “No’s” turned to a “Yes” and he had the opportunity to audition for longtime love Mariah Carey who said he “sings like an angel.”

Vincent struck gold and got a chance to show the judges and the audience what he could really do with his rendition of Lenny Williams, “Cause I love You,” a song that he fought hard to sing, even though producers cautioned him that “the world doesn’t know that song.” Vincent put his foot down and explained that “you have to go with your heart no matter what.” Vincent brought the house down with the best performance of the night and the best of his time at American Idol. So what happened? Well, as a believer in the mantra “everything happens for a reason” I believe once Vincent learned all he could from the American Idol experience the “end of the road” came for him and it was time for his journey to begin.

Now - Vincent has continued to pursue his dreams and now more than ever you can find him performing all over the nation. You can check him out at the Freedom over Texas (Walker Entertainment Group) concert at Eleanor Tinsely Park on the 4th of July performing alongside heavy hitters Martina McBride and Sheryl Crow. You can find out more information and performance schedules on his website Vincentpowell.net. You can also check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram vincentiai12.