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To watch Contemporary Christian Gospel singer/songwriter Latice Crawford make second runner-up on BET’s Sunday Best or in the video of her 2014 major label hit “There,” one sees a confident and stunning young woman with thin model poise and short-cropped hair, from whom a soul-stirring voice is shared. A cadre of fans and followers would come to know that the power in the Bronx, New York-native’s voice and her unique approach to singing stem from Latice often not having a band to support her so she had to carry the full intent of the songs herself. To the power of her testimony and especially the songs she composed herself; those reside within a life story of struggles and triumphs, and a burning desire to share the extent of both in her lyrics.
Thus the thrust of Latice’s stunning 2016 sophomore recording: the five-song EP, Diary of a Church Girl, released via an exclusive licensing partnership with EchoPark ARTS Entertainment and distributed by Caroline Distribution, the Independent Services division of Capitol Music Group (CMG). Self-penned and nakedly autobiographical, the project resonates with authenticity because Latice’s goal is to connect to listeners in personal sometimes painful ways that transcend traditional gospel song storylines.
“Writing has always been my passion,” Latice states. “I was never planning to be in the forefront. I was even told, ‘The money is in the writing, stay in the background and get the coins!’ But I come from a family of musicians. My grandmother, the late Glorya Dove was an opera singer who insisted her children and grandchildren sing, too. When we all sang together, we were well-known locally as The Singing Doves. My family also included highly sought-after singer/musicians Ruth Schofield and Derrick Schofield. Growing up Apostolic as the middle sister of three in the Holy Tabernacle and Morning Star churches where my father, Arnett Crawford, was an elder in both, I graduated from the children’s and youth choirs to become a soloist and praise and worship leader, which in turn led to recording sessions. It was my boss at the Police Athletic League where I worked for 14 years that told me, ‘If you don’t try out for ‘Sunday Best,’ you’re fired!’ I wrote all the songs on my first CD (Latice Crawford—RCA Inspirational—2014), but they weren’t saying what I wanted to say. Everybody knew ‘God is good,’ ‘Jesus is coming back’ and ‘He can save you.’ I wanted to write about things that happen to church people that church people never talk about.”
Latice concludes, “When I recorded Diary of a Church Girl, I had no expectations. I did it for me—to prove that I could share some things that were on my heart. I believe people hear my sincerity and transparency. When it debuted at No. 15, it was the only EP on the Billboard Gospel chart. To see so many people commenting online and that the songs are so relatable is amazing. That showed me it doesn’t take God to come off the mountain to save the universe. It takes us to let Him work through us and our imperfections—and in those imperfections, He is still there for us.”
“Diary of a Church Girl are songs from my life and relationships—the good and the bad: an emotional journey through the eyes of a human being who happens to be a Christian.” “Author,” the EP’s sweetly orchestrated and lyrically fortifying first single, speaks to the central theme of allowing God to work through you in your darkest hour. “Being faithful to what my parents always taught me about God being The Supplier and The Deliverer, I was always a ‘silent sufferer,’” Latice shares. “There was a time I was eating out of the garbage and nobody knew. When I was going through all that is when I really found out who God is. ‘Author’ started out as me literally having a ‘why me’ conversation with God…like, ‘God, man…seriously!? What’s going on?’ He said, ‘Don’t worry about all that—you work on being better. That way when your situation gets better, you are able to see it. You have no idea what I’m working on for you. So prepare yourself by learning more about this music industry so you can better understand what’s coming up next for you.”