Road To The Stellars Profile-Powerhouse Singer & Community Activist-Y’Anna Crawley!!

Written by: Nakiyah Hayling

Profile Feature: Y’Anna Crawley

Nominations: “New Artist Of The Year” , “Contemporary Female Of The Year”

Noted Work: Season 2 Sunday Best Winner, “The Promise” (1st recording project after Sunday Best), BET Bobby Jones Gospel show, Celebration Of Gospel, Founded her own non-profit initiatives The Promise Foundation & Mama’s Boys, and a host of other musical appreances.

 

 

Y’Anna Crawley won our hearts over on Season 2 of BET Sunday Best with her humble presence and power packed yet sultry sound. It’s no surprise that she has been nominated in 2 categories for the 2012 Stellar Awards. Y’anna released “The Promise” in late 2010 and received great acclaim. The project has a relevant sound and touches on some serious issues that are pervasive in the lives of women worldwide. Y’Anna continues to travel and spread her message. I am sure we are all definitely proud of the work she continues to do musically, and in the community with her non-profit organizations.  Y’Anna has been nominated in the “New Artist of the Year” catergory and the “Contemporary Female Category” for the 2012 Stellar Awards.

We talked with her about her nominations and what the journey has been like as a new artist:

GOSPELflava.com : You’ve been nominated in two categories this year, how does it feel
as a new national artist?

Y’Anna Crawley: Can I scream?? WOW, 2 Stellar Award Nominations as a New Artist !!! I’m still pinching myself. I was in Nashville during the official press conference. I was sitting in the green room area after my performance when the list of the nominees for “New Artist of the Year” category were displayed. Tears filled my eyes when my name appeared on the screen. When I realized that I was up for “Contemporary Female Vocalist of The Year” with two of the ladies I’ve always admired–Yolanda Adams & Kim Burrell, I was even more shocked. To be considered along side these ladies who have paved the way and are veterans in this industry, is humbling ! It feels great to even be recognized for your efforts as a new comer.

GOSPELflava.com : What has been the most profound lesson you have learned as an artist
since your win on Sunday Best?

Y’Anna Crawley:  The most profound lesson I’ve learned since my win on Sunday Best is the importance of hard work and determination.  You’ve got to have a team of people around you that believe in you and have the ability to keep you motivated.  This has been quite a journey, but God continues to keep His promise to me. For that I am truly grateful. 

GOSPELflava.com: Whose performance are you most excited about seeing this year?

Y’anna Crawley:I’m not sure who all of the performers are, but I’ve gotten wind that two of my hometown folks are going to be hitting the stage. I’m definitely looking forward to Uncle Richard’s (Richard Smallwood) perfomance as well as Earnest Pugh.  They both have been quite an encouragement to me on my journey. 

It was great getting to get Y’anna’s perspective on her musical journey and the upcoming big event. Continue to check in on the blog for more of the “Road To The Stellars” series.
 

 

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