Davell Crawford

Genres: Jazz
Decades: 1990s


3 September 1975, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Crawford was born into a musical family; his grandfather was R&B artist James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford. From an early age he played piano in church, accompanying gospel choirs; he also sang himself and sometimes was choir leader. While still in his early teens, he began writing songs, most of which bear the mark of the great tradition of gospel music. Crawford is, nevertheless, aware of changes in popular music and his repertoire includes songs such as ‘Everything Must Change’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ and ‘Georgia On My Mind’, alongside traditional gospel, ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand’ and ‘Amazing Grace’.

Crawford, who also plays Hammond B-3 organ, moves comfortably in the interstices of popular music, bringing into his gospel-based sound elements of the blues and of jazz. He appeared in the band...

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