For the past two and half years, the singer-songwriter from northwestern Washington, Leanna Crawford, has been writing, touring and singing with some of the biggest names in the Christian music industry. She’s gained more experience than many artists do in a decade, and while her music certainly displays the vocal and songwriting talent of a rising star in CCM, her grounded and honest lyrics make her feel more friend and confidante than star, more approachable than untouchable.
“I hope [listeners] feel that I care about them even if I don’t know them,” says Crawford, “that they would feel loved and encouraged.”
Leanna points to a mission trip to Haiti in 2012 where she felt God spoke to her, calling her into music ministry, specifically reaching and speaking into the lives of young women. Since this trip, Leanna has been striving to do just that. Leanna’s hard work began to truly take shape when she won Praise106.5’s Music Search (2013) with her song, "Moment by Moment," produced by Dove Award winning producer, Ed Cash. Over the next few years, Leanna capitalized on opportunities to open for artists such as Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline and singing the "National Anthem" for a sold out crowd at a Pentatonix concert.
After receiving her Music Business degree from Northwest University (Kirkland, Washington), Leanna moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her calling fulltime. Captured by her sound, Grammy Nominated & Dove Award winner Matthew West began working with her in an artist development capacity, and she was most recently signed as the first female artist to Story House Collective’s roster. Continuing to develop her song writing & performance skills, Leanna is actively songwriting around town and touring on a regular basis with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher, Plumb & Jordan Feliz.
Her sophomore self-titled EP set to release this spring certainly accomplishes this. With songs that speak honestly about doubt and insecurity as well as the hope Christ offers in our darkest moments, Crawford’s listeners will find solace in her kind and wise words, while tapping their feet along to contagious, pop-inspired beats.