Every once and a while an artist brings a new depth to the craft that I didn't know could be deepened. This past year that artist was Cynthia Erivo, and the craft was vocal performance. Cynthia won the 2016 Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Celie in the Broadway Revival of The Color Purple and as you can check out below, it was well deserved. I still cannot get over her vocal control, ease, and emotion that she brings to the music. Pure power. Pure talent.
The show stealing song, "Here" from the Tony Award winning Broadway Revival of The Color Purple begins at 5:45 (but the whole video is worth the watch).