If you were to ask me who the best male pop singer in the country is--not that anyone has--I wouldn't immediately name best sellers Michael Bublé or Josh Groban. I wouldn't say Tony Bennett, who, in his advancing 80s, remains among our most impressive singers. I wouldn't say the less prominent Michael Feinstein, Kevin Dozier or Philip Officer, all of whom are superb crooners. I wouldn't say Kurt Elling, whom I classify more readily as a jazz singer.
I would immediately say Sam Harris. I would have said so ever since his 1983 triumph on the first Star Search season.