I consider myself a decent singer, though I contend that I'm a better back-up singer than lead singer. I have sung solos in church before - I had the lead male part in our church musical as a child (Papa John's Musical Garden) - though that might have been because nobody else would do it ;-) and I've sung various songs as solos (or almost solos) in worship (most horribly, when I was preaching at Stonybrook's early service and the music leader didn't show up, so I asked them to join me in singing "Amazing Grace" and nobody sang, so I basically did an acapella solo at 8 in the morning). I sang the Violet Burning's The Killing last year during Holy Week, but in that, like any other solo I've sung as an adult, I had the advantage of being able to hide behind my guitar.
Last Wednesday at choir practice, we got a bunch of new music, including an upbeat Black Gospel-style song called "Halfway" - and our director (Sue) told us men to sing the "solo" part together. I'll give that it was the first time we'd sung it, but even so, we were horrible. It is a rather "free" kind of solo, and, well, we were nothing close to together.
So this week, we're practicing it again, and after the first run-through, Sue said she thought I should sing the solo. In all honesty, I didn't hear anyone else singing that part during the run-through anyway. So Sue said, "All in favor of Brian singing the solo, raise your hand."
Pretty much everyone (me included) raised our hands.
Homer proudly crowed, "Looks like you're outnumbered!" (I guess he didn't see me raising my hand). So that means next week I'll be singing the solo.
As an aside, during the summer, we have "special music" every week, and one Sunday Homer "sang the solo" and it was great. I haven't had to choke back that much laughter since a) the last time we sang All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name; or b) since we passed the "Jim Shoes" visitor card to the preacher. But people appreciated it, because he was sincere. Meaning, of course, that as long as I do my best, this congregation will appreciate it.