PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Y’Anna Crawley, 2009 Season II Winner of the NAACP Award winning television series Sunday Best (BET/Viacom Network) will headline at the Gospel Extravaganza Sunday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, the cost of admission is $5 for the general public and free for UAPB students with a valid ID.
Y’Anna possesses vocals that are often reminiscent of the iconic voice of the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin who has been one of her greatest musical influences. Her musical interpretation takes you on a journey that is captivating, heartfelt, soulful, and spirit filled.
Y’Anna is the great niece of legendary gospel singer Reverend Julius Cheeks. Y’Anna has used her national platform to maintain a visible, and relevant presence in the music business, while expanding her brand, as well as influencing change both on as well as off of the stage. This is not only as an artist, but also as an active advocate
for women and teens that identify with the plight of identity crisis and low self-esteem.
Her debut release The Promise features production from the award winning team of Lou “Busta” Brown & Scott “Shavoni” Parker who are also responsible for hits from music industry veterans Kirk Franklin as well as Yolanda Adams. Her freshman effort was released through a joint partnership between BET Network/Universal Distribution. This release debuted at #2 on Billboard Gospel Charts, and won Y’Anna the coveted Stellar Award as its 2012 Best New Artist of the Year.
Y’Anna’s skill sets are now broadening her reach into the mainstream market place not just as a singer, but also as prolific song writer. Industry veteran Angie Stone recently solicited her support on her sixth solo release. Y’Anna is responsible for penning the title cut Rich Girl as well as its lead single Do What You Gotta Do which reached #12 on Bill Board Adult Contemporary Charts. Crawley also aided Stone as a co-writer for the new infectious sister theme song on the same effort appropriately titled Sisters.
Inspired by the testimonials of teenagers/single moms of how her music has reached them, Y’Anna has been prompted to begin a non-profit organization, THE PROMISE Foundation. This initiative will seek to provide health, wellness, fitness, self-esteem building, social services, as well as scholarships to single mothers in both the African American and Latino Communities. Next will be “Momma’s Boys,” her foundation and platform for single mothers raising sons. This foundation will act as an agent to encourage, teach, provide guidance, information, and assist with connecting young boys with positive mentors and role models.
Y’Anna is the mother of two sons (Roger, 19 and Theous, 5 years of age). She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden under the pastoral leadership of Pastor John Kenneth Jenkins & First Lady Trina Jenkins.