A big debut for one of gospel music's vocal powerhouses. Beverly Crawford has debuted in the #1 position on next week’s Billboard Magazine Top Gospel Albums sales chart with her 7th solo CD “Thank You For All You’ve Done.” The ranking was announced Wednesday, May 29.
“All I can say is thank you God and thank you to all of the people who have bought the CD,” says Crawford. “A number one album is something that I would have never imagined for myself but I’m truly thankful for the support that radio and fans have shown the project and it’s my prayer that the message of the music really encourages and inspires everyone who hears it.”
One of the most in-demand artists in the music industry, with over 200+ dates a year, Crawford is circling the USA on an aggressive promotional concert tour to push the new project. Riding high on the success of her pulsating remake of The Caravans’ 1962 classic “Sweeping Through the City,” Crawford’s new single is currently #21 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Airplay chart and rising.
The new dozen-track CD was recorded live at Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX and produced by Michael Bereal and Professor James Roberson. It’s an engaging balance of the traditional, Sunday morning church-styled songs Crawford is known for alongside well-crafted contemporary praise and worship songs by noted composers such as Melvin Williams, Derrick Lee, Stan Jones and Rodney Posey.
Crawford has spent the last two decades in the gospel spotlight as one of the primary exponents of the traditional gospel genre. After spending some years as a featured singer on BET’s “Bobby Jones Gospel” TV program, she released her debut CD “Jesus, Precious King” in 1995. Along the way, she’s performed at campaign rallies for President Obama, earned a Grammy Award nomination and even done a duet with Natalie Cole on national TV.
.Her biggest album to date is 2007’s “Live From Los Angeles” (featuring the radio smash “He’s Done Enough”) that dominated the Billboard charts for over 70+ weeks and garnered 7 Stellar Award nominations including CD of the Year, Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, etc. Crawford and her husband/ manager Todd Crawford currently co-pastor The Gainesville Family Worship Center in Gainesville, FL.