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Let us introduce you to a singer who has been entertaining us with her beautiful vocals for about forty years now. She is Randy Crawford who is undoubtedly one of the most successful R&B/jazz singers of all times.
From her classic hit Street Life to the more recent No Regrets, she has rightly proved her supremacy and consistency on the music world by churning out one hit after other. Today she is over fifty years old, yet she can compete any of the contemporary female vocalist with her gifted voice and distinctive approach towards music.
Randy Crawford entered the music world in 1970s and till 1990s; she has become one of the world's most successful and most popular singers. Born as Veronica Crawford in 1952 in Macon, Georgia; she has always lived music throughout her childhood. She was brought up in Cincinnati, Ohio with five brothers and sisters.
They all used to sing at home and in the church choir, but it was Randy who was destined to become the superstar of music. She always knew what she wanted to become and at the age of fifteen, she started performing in clubs everywhere from Cincinnati to St. Tropez. Supervised by her father, she performed at some of the best night clubs in the United States and Europe and also joined a local band.
The first break for Randy Crawford came in 1972 when during a tour as George Benson's opening act; she was invited by Cannonball Adderley to sing on his LP Big Man. She recorded Don't Get Caught in Love's Triangle with him in 1975 that got him some recognition in the musical circle of New York.
This was followed by her splendid performance at the World Jazz Association's Annual fund-raiser at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles that paved her way for a record deal with Warner Bros.
She made her debut on this label with Everything Must Change, a 1976 album that also contained two live recordings from the W.J.A. concert. Her second album, Miss Randy Crawford, came in 1978 that was a collection of cover versions of recent hits.
Crawford then made her name as the lead vocalist of a popular instrumental jazz band Crusaders. She was suggested to the band by the vice-president of talent at Warner Bros and together they created a song that has become the identity of Randy and the band as well.
The song was Street Life that became her first international hit. Appeared as a title track of the Crusader's MCA album, the song is an classic hit and is also used on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Jackie Brown directed by Quentin Tarentino.
Randy Crawford reached new heights in 1980s with her early albums like Secret Combination and Night-Line. Secret Combination stayed on the album charts for over 60 weeks in 1981 while Rainy Day in Georgia released in 1981 also earned her critical and commercial acclaim.
However one of her most recognized work of 1980s remain the soulful single Almaz that made to the top ten charts in 1986. Featured on her album Abstract Emotions, the single saw the emergence of a new pop icon in America and remained as one of Crawford's biggest international hits till date.
Randy ended the decade with style as her 1989 album Rich and Poor was hailed as one of the United States' most popular jazz albums of the year. One of its single also reached Hollywood as it was used on the soundtrack of the movie Lethal Weapon 2. This made them as popular in Hollywood as she was on music charts.
Randy Crawford remained with Warner Bros till the early '90s. Her last albums for Warner Brothers were Through The Eyes Of Love and Don't Say It's Over. What made her stand apart from her contemporaries was her international stature as she was more successful overseas than in her own country. Her hit singles like Knocking on Heaven's Door, Rainy Night in Georgia, and Last Night at Danceland have gotten universal acclaim.
While many thought that after Warner Bros, Randy may not continue her success galore for long, but she proved everyone wrong with her mega offering Naked and True. It was released by WEA Germany while Atlantic label, Bluemoon, reissued and distributed the album in the United States. Naked and True proved a worldwide hit as it sold around 250,000 copies in the United States and over half a million worldwide.
The year 1996 witnessed Crawford's second wave of success as Warner Bros released the Best Of Randy Crawford that contained fourteen of her greatest hits from 1976-95. This was followed by Every Kind of Mood-Randy, a 1998 released album that became popular because of the remake of Almaz.
Randy has always been known for her amazing re-makes she recorded at different times. Besides this, she collaborated with different artists for albums and concerts and each time, she has created something unique and great. Her 2006 album Feeling Good and 2008 release No Regrets are the clear proof of her success in collaborations as she worked with co-writer of Street Life Joe Sample in these extremely well-executed albums.
While everyone loves Randy on tasteful and truly musical album, she is also one of the loveliest and most talented singers on stage. Having toured extensively throughout the world, Randy knows well how to grab the attention of audience. She has made many memorable performances in every nook and corner of the world. Be it her Christmas concert for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1991 or her dazzling performance in United Nations benefit concert in Croatia, she has left everyone spell-bounded with her superb singing and energetic stage presence.
Randy also got the chance to perform at a benefit show for Nelson Mandela in South Africa and a concert in Kremlin in 1990, with Italian superstar Zuccero who later collaborated with her on Diamante. It is the result of her impeccable live acts that she was awarded Most Outstanding Performer at the 1980 Tokyo Music Festival.
All in all, Randy Crawford is a performer to be seen and a singer to be heard. With such a powerful voice, she can approach to music be it soul, country, or jazz. Although more known for her Jazz origins, she can bring any tune to life with her beautiful vocals and unmatchable melody.
Randy is a legendary singer of todays generation. If you really want to experience the magical aura of this powerhouse of talent, then catch her at her latest concert as she may be enthralling the audience at a venue near you.