BET Sunday Best Y’anna Crawley, Advocate For Single Moms, Will Help Empower Young Women Of Saving Our Daughters
As we are approaching October which is observed across the country as Breast Cancer awareness month-we also have a very important observance for this month which affects many of our young women across the world, Domestic Violence awareness. Within the last few months, the Saving Our Daughters Yell for Confidence program has been in full affect as the initiative has addressed some of these horrific issues to include national PSA’s and Lunch N Learn discussion sessions with selected artist.
Starting in October, the organization will step in the arena for single moms and will team up with BET Sunday Best 2009 overall winner, and Gospel sensation, Y’Annna Crawley.
Y’Anna will be joining the Saving Our Daughters family to represent the organization as a Powerful & Influential ADVOCATE for (health/wellness/fitness, single moms, as well as women/teens who suffer with their identity and low self esteem) The Y’Anna BraND.. will also focus on a special national campaign series for young women across the country.
Chief Executive Officer of Saving Our Daughters, Curtis Benjamin says “We are so excited concerning this new direction for our organization, and we would like to thank Ms. Jennifer S. Drake Director Membership / Rhythm & Soul and Ms. Joncier Rienecker, Associate Membership Representative, Rhythm & Soul Group of ASCAP who put us together.
Y’Anna will be also joining Grammy singer, Monica and musical icons such as Towanda, Trina and Traci Braxton also from their Hit show The Braxton Family Values, who also supports Saving Our Daughters.
More on Y’Anna
Y’Anna Crawley is the 2009 (Season II Winner) of BET’s Sunday Best. She’s a native Washingtonian, product of DC Public Schools, and proud alum of Eastern High School. While she was a student at Eastern she was a member of its Award Winning Choir, and mentored by its director Dr. Joyce Garrett. Her love for music and heart for people are what keeps her motivated and dedicated to her gift.
Y’Anna has sang background vocals for a variety of artists to include, Genobia Jeter-Jones, Glenn Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michelle, Jennifer Lopez, & Ledisi
Her debut release “The Promise” features production from the award winning team of Lou “Busta” Brown & Scott “Shavoni” Parker who are also responsible for hits from music industry veterans Kirk Franklin as well as Yolanda Adams. Her freshman effort was released through a joint partnership between BET Network/Universal Distribution. This release debuted at #2 on bill board’s gospel Charts, and recently won Y’Anna the coveted Stellar Award (Gospel Music’s equivalent to the Grammy) as its 2012 Best New Artist of the Year.
Y’Anna’s skill sets are now broadening her reach into the mainstream market place not just as a singer, but also as polific song writer. Industry veteran Angie Stone recently solicited her support on her sixth solo release. Y’Anna is responsible for penning the title cut “Rich Girl” as well as its lead single “Do What You Gotta Do” which is currently #14 on Bill Board Adult Contemporary Charts. Crawley also aided Stone as a co-writer for the new infectious sister theme song on the same effort appropriately titled “Sister”
Inspired by the testimonials of teenagers/single mom’s of how her music has reached them. Y’Anna has been prompted to begin a non-profit organization in “THE PROMISE” Foundation. This initiative will seek to provide, health, wellness, fitness, self esteem building, social services, as well as scholarships to single mothers in both the African American & Latino Communities. Next will be “Momma’s Boys” her foundation, and platform for single mothers raising sons. This foundation will act as an agent to encourage, teach, provide guidance, information, and assist with connecting young boys with positive mentors and role models.
Y’Anna is a native Washingtonian, and mother of two sons (Roger 18 & Theous “THEE-US” 5 years of age). She’s a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden under the leadership of Pastor John Kenneth Jenkins Sr & Lady Trina Jenkins.