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Kingsbridge Records Signs Yanna Crawley

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

James RYAnna JBobinson announced the signing of Sunday Best Season 2 Winner Y’ Anna Crawley to his newly formed Kingsbridge Records.  A single, In You, hits national radio on May 20th produced by Aaron Sledge. Robinson had this to say about the signing, “It’s about vision, timing, and purpose. Y’Anna gets my vision and it’s definitely her time.”

Crawley expressed her sentiments this way: “I’m super excited, and grateful for my new label home. I’ve waited patiently for what appeared to be an eternity for this opportunity. This joRobinsonurney has been filled with ups and downs, peaks and valleys, highs and lows. I’ve fully embraced my call to the gospel industry. It is because of my commitment, there first, that I believe God is allowing opportunities to be presented in the market place for my gift to be shared . James willingly embraced my artistry on every level without the burden of me having to convince him of who I was. I’m no longer conflicted with who I am musically. I realize that it’s not contradictory to be a temple gift but yet be graced to operate in the main stream arena without compromise.”





Recap: 2014 BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


It’s arguably one of the most anticipated events of the Stellar Award Weekend.  Hundreds come from across the nation in anticipation of the sweet presence that always invades the room. For many it sets the tone for their year, and is a time to be uplifted and encouraged.  I’m writing about none other than the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Luncheon.

For the past 15 years the event has been hailed as the hottest ticket in town. The invitation only event is the brain child of BMI Vice President Catherine Brewton and her team. The idea was stemmed from other industries hosting events and parties to celebrate their legends. Brewton felt that Gospel music with its life changing power needed that as well. It was there that the luncheon was birthed and since its inception it continues to get better. Throughout the years the event has maintained its intimacy by gathering Gospel’s top artist, musicians, writers, and industry executives into one room. Each person in the room represents a brand and function that makes the industry work.

The anticipation and energy was high on January 15th as legends Daryl Coley and Richard Smallwood were set to be honored. Despite the cold temperatures hundreds pressed their way to the Rocket Town venue for an afternoon of praise and worship. The presence was strong as you entered the beautifully decorated room. The lighting was warm and the center pieces shined brightly. Oprah Winfrey once stated, “Love Is In The Detail”, and that’s surely something that the BMI team believes. From the personalized invitations that were sent in the mail, to the seating assignments everything about the afternoon was excellence.

After the opening prayer by Bishop Joseph Walker of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Nashville, the coveted “BMI Most Performed Gospel Song Of The Year Award” was presented to Kirk Franklin. Franklin penned Tamela Mann’s smash single, “Take Me To The King”. Both Franklin and Mann took the stage tearful and Franklin shared how both him and Mann were friends since the age of 15. Tamela’s, “Best Days” album was nearly complete but Franklin insisted they save a slot for him on the album. That slot was the now ground breaking single, “Take Me To The King”. The song has spent over 20 weeks at #1 and the “Best Days” album remains in the Billboard Top 10. With the release of the Deluxe Edition the album is quickly headed to Gold Status. This win prepared Tamela for an amazing weekend , as the next day she won the Stellar Award for “Artist Of The Year”.

Hosts Donnie McClurkin and Erica Campbell greeted the attendees and the afternoon was underway. To honor the legendary Daryl Coley, BMI put together some of the most versatile and beastly vocalist to pay tribute to one of the best male vocalist of all time:

  • Floyd Wilkinson- “2nd Chronicles”
  • Earnest Pugh- “More Like Jesus”
  • Zacardi Cortez- “Jesus Saves”
  • Tasha Page Lockart- “He’s Preparing Me”
  • Jason Nelson- “Sovereign”
  • Pastor Beverly Crawford- “Can’t Tell It All”.

Pastor Beverly Crawford got the entire room in a shout as she took us to church on “Can’t Tell it All”. Zacardi Cortez’s rendition of “Jesus Saves” would be a refreshing radio hit as he breathe new life into the classic. Tasha Page Lockhart’s rendition of “He’s Preparing Me” brought forth testimony service. Host Erica Campbell explained how she listened to that song many years ago when her and her sister Tina were just starting out.  Jason Nelsons amazing tone on “Sovereign” made the song an even greater masterpiece. Donald Lawrence and Company sang heaven down holding the background  vocals along with the band.

To honor the maestro Dr. Richard Smallwood the following artist gave the following tributes:

  • Y’Anna Crawley- “Don’t Worry”
  • Donnie McClurkin- “Center Of My Joy”
  • Dorinda Clark Cole- “What He’s Done for Me”
  • Marvin Sapp- “Healing”
  • Yolanda Adams- “I Love The Lord and Total Praise”
  • Anyasha Figueroa and Timiney Figueroa- “Angels”

BMI VP Catherine Brewton announced this years luncheon will be available on CD as a compilation and released later in the year.  Yolanda Adams’s “I Love The Lord” was reminiscent of her powerful tribute to Whitney Houston at the NAACP Image Awards, and Anyasha and Timiney’s “Angels” brought a new light to the song as well as honored the previous version.  Keep it locked to for updates concerning the 2014 BMI Trailblazers Compilation.

Merry Christmas!! Read About What Some of Our Favorite Gospel Artist Cherish About Christmas!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

We asked these artists about some of their fondest Christmas memories, some of their Christmas traditions, and who they listen to during the Christmas season. See what they had to say-


“There was a very special moment for me one particular  year in Georgia when I really felt the magic and the wrath of the holidays! I was very young and it was the year that my sisters and I were determined to make sure that we saw the gifts under the tree before we went to sleep. We took shifts for the look out! Lol! We had a little system and every hour one of us would walk down the hallway and check the tree! All of us had the same report, NOTHING!! It was so late, but we weren’t going to waiver. I dont know how or when we went to sleep, but mom and dad woke us up that morning.  We fell asleep on top of each other trying to hold out and were kind of in a pile. When we went downstairs there was an abundance of gifts! Everything was under that tree. I think I might’ve even seen Jesus under there Lol. That’s the year I received a bike called the “Air Assault”. I thought I was the man, you couldn’t tell me anything! I had no need to open anything else. I ran to the room and threw on some old wrinkled khakis, a sweater,  and my shoes were on the wrong feet. Momma was telling me to slow down but everything she was saying seemed like it was in slow motion. I had to ride this bike!We were in an apartment at the time and we lived up some stairs. I was scuffing those little walls up coming down the stairs. But I was ready! I finally got the bike on the street (after some needed assistance from Daddy) and I was off.  All the other kids were out with their stuff by then and I was ready to flex. The sunlight was gleaming off those silver rails, so clean. I was somebody and none of them could deny it.  I hit the hill and it was a really steep hill that we nicknamed “The Devils Backbone”.  I hit the hill flying!! The bike was so fast, it was amazing. Some of the other kids began to be in awe at how fast the bike was. I was proud, so I had to look back just to see their faces. I took my eyes off the road to look  at them and a truck was reversing out of it’s parking space. I did not see it in time and I hit the truck while going full speed. My front tire was wedged under the back of the truck, but my bike was still standing upright. When I came to there was an audience. The driver was terrified, and the crowd didn’t know what was about to happen. I hurt myself badly that day, it was embarrassing and a nightmare, but one of the best holiday moments EVER! These days on Christmas we have “The Wiz” on repeat the entire time. That’s our Holiday music. Peace and prosperity to you all!”


“My dearest holiday memory was last Christmas because it was my newest baby’s first Christmas.  We have has become even closer since she was born, and it made the holiday so special. My wife loves Christmas music. So “This Christmas”, “Merry Christmas To You”, “Handel’s Messiah”, are some of the songs/projects that play in my house during Christmas.”


“There’s an array of foods that are eaten with my family during the holiday season. Without a doubt my family’s signature white gravy, turkey, and for dessert peach cobbler. The Christmas playlist in my home consists of the legends like: Donnie Hathaway and the Jackson Five.”


“I love celebrating the holidays with my family. Some of the best memories are the ones I am forming with my husband and children.  Our tradition is that we set up the tree and all the presents in our music room.  The night before there is just a tree.  We stay up all night wrapping gifts and on Christmas morning there are presents everywhere. They are big and small, and every child has their own wrapping paper theme.  Just to see their excitement coming down the stairs and running into the room to look for their “gift display” every year is the best!  It keeps me grateful that God provides for us. Call me an old softy, but I love the classics.  It isn’t Christmas until I have heard Nat King Cole singing “The Christmas Song”.”


I enjoy listening to old classics like Url Ides and Nat King Cole during the Christmas season. I also listen to Kirk Franklin’s Christmas album, Israel Houghton’s, and my Christmas project.”

Some of Our Favorite Artists Talk About What They Are Thankful For!!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 is wishing you and yours a Very Happy Thanksgiving! We recently caught up with some of today’s hottest Gospel artists to find out what they are thankful for, some music that they enjoy during this time, and some of the holiday traditions observed in their families. I’m sure that many of us will find that they are similar to our own traditions. Our prayer is that this is inspirational and will continue to help us all think about how blessed we are.


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

Friday, November 18th, 2011

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: : 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. : 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. 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.


The Monique Show…Sunday Best Edition!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Get Ready For A “Sunday Best” edition of The Monique Show! Join Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Rickey Smiley, Y’Anna Crawley, and LeAndria Johnson in the Penthouse on Tuesday July 5, 2011 at 11pm EST on BET! The new season of Sunday Best debuts July 10, 2011 at 8 p.m.

“The Promise”… Well Worth The Wait!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

We’ve waited a year, and it was certainly worth the wait! Sunday’s Best Season 2 Winner, Y’Anna Crawley’s debut project, “The Promise” was released last week and has already hit #2 on Billboard Gospel Charts. Ever since winning the title of “Sunday’s Best”, Y’Anna has been busy traveling and working very hard on this project.  Stay connected with Y’Anna as she reminds us yet again why she was chosen as “Sunday Best”.

Revised Release Date for Y’anna Crawley

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Get ready! The long awaited debut from Sunday Best  Season 2 Winner Y’Anna Crawley’s will be released this summer, August 24th.  (more…)