Congratulations to Y’Anna Crawley who is our newly crowned Sunday Best. The Gospel Music Bites Family would like wish you every success in your ministry and we KNOW God is going to us you in a Might, Mighty way.
Y’Anna Says: Truly the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. I feel like I have been preparing for this all my life. The ups and downs, highs and lows, and the uncertainty of whether my dreams would become a reality. God is Faithful and a Promise Keeper!!! I Thank you Lord for sustaining me in moments of transition. Even when I thought my treasure had lost it’s value, you knew and reminded me constantly of the investment that you made in me. You”re AMAZING! All To you I owe.
I want to thank my Mom and Dad for believing in me and being there for me always. To the legacy of my Grandma!! MY GRANDMA’S HANDS. Anna Mae Daniel, who was the epitome of a Woman. Thank You for teaching me how to WALK, Speak,Love, and Present myself as a women.. Love Ya Grandma. My sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, friends and family. It’s way too many to name but I love you and thank you for loving me and supporting me. Lastly but never the least my two wonderful boys! Every night I pray even when I’m away that God keeps his hands upon you! You are my Love, motivation, strength and my life. I love you with everything I have. I am a better person because of you! God entrusted your lives with me and I will do everything in my power, with his power, to be the best Mom to you! Put that on everything! Roger and Theous, Mommy loves you!!!!
BET.com: What’s the best advice you received along the way?
Y’Anna: Donald Lawrence told me to give him my attitude, just who I am and everytime I sing, just do my best. He also told me to stop singing so hard ‘cause I might get vocally tired, but I have to give 110% all the time.
BET.com: How is your family reacting to this whole experience?
Y’Anna: They’re elated.They’re much more excited than I am. Everybody’s pretty much excited for me. Everybody knew I was going to be a singer, but not on this level and just so fast and so quick.
BET.com: When did you first realize your talent?
Y’Anna: I first started singing when I was 7 at church. When I really knew I had something was when I was in elementary school. My teacher pulled it out of me. I knew I had it because I used to show off a bit in elementary school.
BET.com: Where did your talent come from?
Y’Anna: It’s a family talent. My uncle used to sing with Sam Cooke. My aunt is well-known in the gospel industry. It’s just all in my family. It’s my father’s side of the family.
BET.com: Why did you choose to sing gospel, opposed to secular?
Y’Anna: Actually, to be honest, before I auditioned I had a wake-up call that week before. God told me that if I turned everything over to him, he’d open doors to me. I was singing in a secular band that sang jazz and R&B. With gospel, I feel like God had a calling on my life. I just followed it and have not turned back. The gospel is more fulfilling.