After five weeks of singing secular music, the Alabama gospel group Committed is vowing to stay true to its roots after being named the second-season winner of NBC's "The Sing-Off" reality competition Monday night (Dec. 20).
"We'd really like to make an inspirational album," the group's Theron "Therry" Thomas told Billboard.com during a conference call with reporters. "It doesn't necessarily have to be gospel, but more on the positive side. We believe that's what the world needs now. We don't want to go too far into the secular sex and drinking and that kind of thing."
Committed, whose debut album is due out in the spring of 2011, has suppport for that goal from Ben Folds, one of "The Sing-Off's" three celebrity judges.
"I think they should make the album that they really want to make," Folds said. "They're total stars. They make people happy, and it's uplifting. Even when it's somber, it's inspiring. I think that combined wtih a healthy dose of a lot of the...conventions you hear in modern, mainstream R&B, all that combined is very powerful. If they follow their heart, they're going to kill it."
"The Sing-Off" marked the first time that Committed, comprised of five graduates and one current student of Oakwood University in Huntsville, sang secular pop songs rather than the gospel and devotional material the sextet typically performs. The group's run on the show included Maroon5's "This Love," the Police's "Every Breath You Take," an Usher medley and a rendition of the new Michael Jackson/Akon single "Hold My Hand," which Committed's Thomas said was his personal favorite.
"It was very moving to us, very inspirational," he explains. "It was just something positive and it reached a different level because we made it personal to use. We related it to God, God holding our hands and leading us through the competition. It became very personal to us."Ã¢Â€Â¨Ã¢Â€Â¨Besides singing, the members of Committed do play instruments and say they'll consider using some on their album. They're also open to collaborating with other artists and hope to include some of their own material, which Robert "Robbie" Pressley Jr. described as both gospel tunes and "inspirational songs which you could consider crossover music, while Alain "Tommy" Gervais said, "I've written R&B stuff, love songs and stuff. We write a lot of stuff. I don't think we have a problem singing it, either."
As for adjusting to the secular world on "The Sing-Off," Gervais acknowledged that Committed "was out of our comfort zone, but of course we stepped up to the challenge and we worked hard and we looked for ways to impliment our style and our passion into ever song we had to arrange. It was different, but we enjoyed it."