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Kirk Franklin's song 'Take Me To The King' took to the stage on American Idol

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Tonight, one of American Idol's top 13 contestants, Malaya Watson paid homage to the Gospel community by singing Kirk Franklin's award-winning song, "Take Me To The King". Little did he know, a 16 year old from Southfield, Michigan would embrace the song and perform it on American Idol's mega stage.

So many songwriters wish to be on a level where millions of people will hear their song and have it performed on stages small and great. Kirk Franklin using his musical prowess composed a song that would pull at the very heart of millions of people regardless of their religious affiliation. Kirk knew he needed someone with powerful vocals but not only power, he wanted control. Kirk teamed up with former "Family" member, Tamela Mann. Tamela was able to use her vocals to interpret the lyrics to perfection. Her vocals were subdued and boisterous to bring true emotional conviction. Together Tamela's vocals and Kirk's lyrics has been on a journey straight to the top of the charts. Even after winning numerous awards and accolades, "Take Me To The King" is still capturing the hearts of secular and religious music listeners.

More about Malaya Watson...

Malaya Tina Bandico Watson (born September 1997) is a Filipino–American singer and a tuba player from Southfield, Michigan, who is currently a Top 12 finalist on the thirteenth season of American Idol. She is the daughter of Ronald Watson, a professional guitar player and Marian Bandico Watson, a nurse. Her mother is a Filipina, who hails from Manila, Philippines. Malaya is a tuba player in Southfield High School marching band. She is also an alumnus of the Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit.

Continue to watch Malaya's journey on American Idol every week on FOX. Check your local TV/Cable channel listings for more information on viewing in your area.

Courtesy of American Idol, FOX, Kirk Franklin and Wikipedia

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