America voted for their favorite singer, and 20-year-old Geoffrey Golden of Cleveland, was crowned Sunday Best for Season seven. The gracious Candace Benson, 22 of Pottstown, Pa. took second place. Golden made it clear during the last two singing shows that he enveloped the full package of what a Sunday Best winner looks like.
Host, Kirk Franklin usually expressed his love for Golden by calling him the "black Pavarotti," which meant that he was a phenomenal singer. Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian operatic singer who became famous and well know, especially in 1989 when he sang, "O sole mio."
Golden displayed uniqueness, as expressed by the judges, in his anointed delivery. Donnie McClurkin called Golden a "mono-gene," meaning that he was one of a kind. Kierra Sheard broke down in tears as she thanked Geoffrey for being a young man who is not afraid to share the love of Jesus through singing boldly.
All the judges talked about the love they had for Geoffrey Golden at almost every critique. The last two songs Golden sang were, "Whom Shall I fear," and "When the battle is over," for the grand finale. Geoffrey's demeanor and stature resonated with the audience almost from day one, and he seemed to get stronger and stronger until the very end.
Both singers, Candace Benson and Geoffrey Golden, played the piano for their last singing installment. Candace stepped up from the piano before her song was over, singing, "I won't go back." She had on a beautiful black ballroom gown that didn't go unnoticed - Franklin told her how beautiful she looked.
In the end, it was the professional, precision and anointing that Geoffrey Golden displayed that drove home with the viewers. Throughout Golden's performances the audience would give him ovations and even the judges. Congratulations to all Sunday Best competitors, and a huge shout out to the new Sunday Best Season 7 winner, Geoffrey Golden!