Anthony Crawford (bass musician)

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Anthony Crawford
Background information
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, hard rock, blues-rock, blues
InstrumentsBass guitar
Years active2000–present
LabelsHydro 6 Records

Anthony Crawford (born June 29, 1981) is an American bassist, songwriter, producer and recording artist from Memphis, Tennessee.

He is best known for working with Justin Timberlake, Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett, Shalamar, Kirk Whalum, Phil Perry, Glen Jones and Karen Briggs. Anthony also played bass for the National Democratic Convention for Bill Clinton in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Anthony Crawford was born in Memphis, Tennessee, into a musical family including his father, drummer Hubert "H-Bomb" Crawford and his uncle, Hank Crawford, a well known saxophonist.[1] Hubert Crawford played with many notable acts, including James Brown, The Bar-Kays, The Eric Gales Band, Mark Farner of "Grand Funk Railroad", and Ann Peebles.[2] Hank Crawford played with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Grant Green, Lou Rawls, and Etta James, among others.[3]

Anthony Crawford was considered a musical prodigy. At the age of 14 he sat in with the Bette Midler band.[1] He later honed his talent while performing with a variety of Memphis community choirs and churches.[4]


After being discovered by several notable producers, including Angelo Earl, Anthony Crawford was asked to play at the National Democratic Convention for Bill Clinton. The word began to spread and in 2002 he appeared in a Burger King commercial with basketball icon, Shaquille O'Neal. This eventually led to him playing with well-known pop vocalist, Justin Timberlake.[4]

Anthony began serving as a bassist in the legendary R&B group Shalamar in 2004. Shortly after, he performed on tours and a DVD release with Shalamar front-man Howard Hewett.

Crawford worked with saxophonist, Kirk Whalum and the pair donated their talents to create the soundtrack for a documentary film with Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Bill Clinton which was called Miss HIV, filmed in Toronto, Canada and in Sub-Saharan Africa.[4]

Anthony relocated from Memphis to Los Angeles, and began to widely proliferate on the LA scene.[4] In 2010 he released his debut solo album, "Urban Jazz".[5]

In December 2010, Crawford joined Virgil Donati's group for their upcoming tour.

In 2017 Crawford served as studio bassist for CHON's Homey album.


Anthony Crawford:

  • 2017 Witherfall "Nocturnes and Requiems"
  • 2010 Urban Jazz

World Overcomers Outreach Ministry:

  • Kingdom Liberation LIVE


  • 11:11

Howard Hewett

  • Intimate


  • Rita Marie Valle


  • Exploration=Discovery
  • Hyperspace Wavelength Travel

The Tim Terry Experience

  • Self-titled

Floyd Taylor

  • No Doubt


  • Homey


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Brent-Anthony (January 12, 2009). "Anthony Crawford by Brent-Anthony Johnson". Bass Musician Magazine. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "Drummers". Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Anthony Crawford Signs Distribution Deal With 141 Entertainment's Sonic Flux Music And Prepares His Debut Album 'urban Jazz' Re-release". October 28, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d Brown, Corey (November 10, 2009). "Player Spotlight: Anthony Crawford". no treble. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Johnson, Kevin (November 19, 2010). "Anthony Crawford Releases Urban Jazz". no treble. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.

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