Shep Crawford

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Shep Crawford
Birth name Anthony Schappel Crawford
Also known as Schappel Crawford
Born (1970-12-18) December 18, 1970 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California
Genres Rhythm and blues, gospel music
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer, composer
Instruments Piano, organ
Years active 1995 - present
Associated acts Whitney Houston
Luther Vandross
Deborah Cox
Tamia
Montell Jordan
Kelly Price

Shep Crawford (December 18, 1970) is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B and gospel musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for Whitney Houston's Same Script, Different Cast, Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to Be Here, Tamia's Stranger in My House, Sisqó's Incomplete, and Kelly Price's As We Lay.[1] He is the founder and pastor of The Experience Christian Ministries in Los Angeles, California.[2]

Early life and influences[edit]

Crawford was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Carver Missionary Baptist Church with his family where he learned musicianship from Pastor Richard Stubbs. At the age of eight, Crawford began playing the piano and organ for the Carver Church each week. At the age of 19, he became a licensed pastor at Love and Unity Community Church by Pastor Carl A. McCorkle.[3]

Career[edit]

Crawford has written and produced multiple albums for chart-topping artists, including Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Montell Jordan, and Kelly Price.[4][5][6]

In 1995, Crawford co-produced the song Daddy's Home on Montell Jordan's debut album This Is How We Do It. Jordan brought Crawford on as his music director, after having known each other as musicians in church during their childhood, and Crawford began his professional career.[7][8]

In 1998, he produced and co-wrote the platinum single Deborah Cox track Nobody's Supposed to be Here.[9][10] The song was certified Platinum in the United States,[11] spending a then-record fourteen weeks at number 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[12][13] and ranking at number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.[14] In 2017, Billboard ranked the song at number 5 on its Greatest of All Time Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[15]

It won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single (Female) and was nominated for the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song. He also wrote and produced the 1998 Deborah Cox track We Can't Be Friends which ranked at number 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for two weeks.

In 1999, Crawford produced and co-wrote the Sisqó song Incomplete. The song was certified Platinum in the United States[16] and ranked at number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

In 2000, he produced the Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox duet Same Script, Different Cast. It was nominated for the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single (Group, Band or Duo). He also began working with Kelly Price and went on to produce multiple albums for her.[17] That same year, Crawford was named as one of the top three producers and songwriters of the year by Billboard.[18]

In 2001, Crawford won both the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for Glady Knight's album At Last and the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for Yolanda Adams' album The Experience.[19] In 2003, Crawford won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for Luther Vandross' album Dance With My Father.[20] That same year, he wrote and produced the song Stranger in My House for Tamia.[21] The song was ranked number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[22] He also founded 45 Live Records with former manager Erica Grayson and signed his first artist Onitsha, to produce her debut album Church Girl in collaboration with Still Waters, a division of Hidden Beach Recordings.[23][24]

In 2012, he produced select songs on Tamia's album Beautiful Surprise.[25] The album and song of the same name were nominated for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in 2013.[26]

Discography[edit]

Vocals[edit]

Year Title Album Label Other Artist(s)
1995 Daddy's Home This Is How We Do It PMP Records Montell Jordan
1996 I Am L.V. I Am L.V. Tommy Boy Records, East West Records L.V.
1999 We Can't Be Friends One Wish Arista Records Deborah Cox
2000 Same Script, Different Cast Whitney: The Greatest Hits Arista Records Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox
2001 Beautiful Girl Jersey Ave MCA Records Jersey Ave
2010 Same Script, Different Cast The Essential Whitney Houston Arista Records, Sony Music, Legacy Recordings Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox

Instruments and performance[edit]

Year Title Album Label Other Artist(s)
1996 I Am L.V. I Am L.V. Tommy Boy Records, East West Records L.V.
I Like I Like (single) Def Jam Recordings Montell Jordan feat. Slick Rick
1997 All About Us Time Mushroom Records Peter Andre
Dreaming 98° Motown, BMG Direct Marketing 98°
1998 Nobody's Supposed to Be Here One Wish Arista Records, BMG Deborah Cox
All Night, All Right Time Mushroom Records Peter Andre feat. Warren G
1999 Keys Keys (single) TVT Records LaTanya
Careless Whisper The Dance Capitol Records Dave Koz feat. Montell Jordan
We Can't Be Friends One Wish Arista Records Deborah Cox
2000 Tell Me Who Can't Go For That Elektra Records Tamia
Same Script, Different Cast Whitney: The Greatest Hits Arista Records Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox
Married Man Mirror Mirror Def Soul Kelly Price
Thank You in Advance Thank You in Advance (LP) Universal Records Boyz II Men
2001 Don't Deserve Weekend Arista Records Kenny Lattimore
Stranger in My House Stranger in My House (single) Elektra Records Tamia
At Last (album) At Last MCA Music Corp of America Gladys Knight
I Gotta Believe Believe Elektra Records Yolanda Adams
I'd Rather Luther Vandross J Records Luther Vandross
Against All Odds Urban Renewal WEA Records, Warner Music Australasia Various Artists
2002 Starting With You The Morning After J Records Deborah Cox
I Showed Her O2 J Records, BMG O-Town
2003 Buy Me a Rose Dance with My Father J Records Luther Vandross
2004 Tomorrow More Elektra Records Tamia
2006 Wait a Minute In My Mind RCA Records Heather Headley
Love and I Between Friends Image Entertainment, Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
This Is Who I Am (album) This Is Who I Am (album) Ecclecti Sounds Entertainment, GospoCentric Records, Zomba Label Group Kelly Price
2010 Same Script, Different Cast The Essential Whitney Houston Arista Records, Sony Music, Legacy Recordings Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox
Settle For Colored Girls: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Atlantic Records Various Artists
2011 Mirror Unbelievable Shanachie Records Keke Wyatt
2012 Because of You Beautiful Surprise Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
2014 Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing (album) Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing eOne Kelly Price
2015 Black Butterfly Love Life Def Jam Recordings, Plus 1 Music Group Tamia

Writing and arrangement[edit]

Year Title Album Label Other Artist(s)
1995 Daddy's Home This Is How We Do It PMP Records Montell Jordan
1997 Dreaming 98° Motown, BMG Direct Marketing 98°
1998 Anything and Everything Let's Ride Def Jam Recordings Montell Jordan feat. Master P and Silkk the Shocker
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here One Wish Arista Records, BMG Deborah Cox
Talk Show Shhh! Talk Show Universal Records Shae Jones
When You Get Home Let's Ride Def Jam Recordings Montell Jordan
1999 Once Upon a Time Get It On... Tonite Def Soul Montell Jordan
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Totally Hits Arista Records Various Artists
Keys Keys (single) TVT Records LaTanya
Incomplete Unleash the Dragon Def Soul, Dragon Records, Creative Management Group Sisqó
2000 Tell Me Who Can't Go For That Elektra Records Tamia
If I Were You A Nu Day Elektra Records Tamia
Careless Whisper The Dance Capitol Records Dave Koz feat. Montell Jordan
Same Script, Different Cast Whitney: The Greatest Hits Arista Records Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox
I Finally Know Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya Universal Records Boyz II Men
Married Man Mirror Mirror Def Soul Kelly Price
Never Let Go My Everything Universal Records 98°
Thank You in Advance Thank You in Advance (LP) Universal Records Boyz II Men
Tell Me Who Can't Go For That Elektra Records Tamia
2001 I'd Rather Luther Vandross J Records Luther Vandross
Against All Odds Urban Renewal WEA Records, Warner Music Australasia Various Artists
Stranger in My House Stranger in My House (single) Elektra Records Tamia
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Oh What A Feeling 2, A Vital Collection Of Canadian Music Universal Records Various Artists
I Didn't Realize Jesse Powell MCA Records, Victor Entertainment, Silas Records Jesse Powell
Fo' Sho' Believe Elektra Records Yolanda Adams
What's Wrong What's Wrong MCA Records Pam & Dodi
At Last (album) At Last MCA Music Corp of America Gladys Knight
Don't Deserve Weekend Arista Records Kenny Lattimore
Incomplete Top Of The Pops 2001 Volume One Universal Music TV Various Artists
Stranger in My House Totally Dance Arista Records Various Artists
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Fashion Cares: 15th Anniversary Retrospective Universal Records Various Artists
Beautiful Girl Jersey Ave MCA Records Jersey Ave
2002 Always Been Your Girl This Is Who I Am RCA Records, BMG Canada Heather Headley
I Showed Her O2 J Records O-Town
Starting With You The Morning After J Records Deborah Cox
2003 Miss You My Soul DreamWorks Records
Sleep in the Middle Bittersweet Arista Records Blu Cantrell
2004 Stranger in My House Still (Dance Mixes) Arista Records Tamia
We Can't Be Friends Ultimate Ultimate Records Deborah Cox
Tomorrow More Elektra Records Tamia
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Oprah's Pop Star Challenge 2004 Cast Album: Dreams Really Do Come True Epic Records Various Artists
Stranger in My House All That Urban Warner Music Australasia Various Artists
2005 Sleep in the Middle Hit 'Em Up Style: Chart And Club Hits Of Blu Cantrell CMG Blu Cantrell
2006 Love and I Between Friends Image Entertainment, Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
Wait a Minute In My Mind RCA Records Heather Headley
Please Don't Forget Grateful Light Records Coko
The Closing The Book Of David: Vol. 1 The Transition GospoCentric Records, Zomba Label Group Dave Hollister
This Is Who I Am (album) This Is Who I Am (album) Ecclecti Sounds Entertainment, GospoCentric Records, Zomba Label Group Kelly Price
2008 The Promise (album) The Promise (album) Deco Recording Group Deborah Cox
Incomplete R&B Love Collection 2008 Universal Music TV Various Artists
2010 Settle For Colored Girls: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Atlantic Records Various Artists
Same Script, Different Cast The Essential Whitney Houston Arista Records, Sony Music, Legacy Recordings Whitney Houston
2011 Everybody's Girl Love? Island Records Jennifer Lopez
Mirror Unbelievable Shanachie Records Keke Wyatt
Play Your Part S.O.U.L. Sony Music Commercial Music Group Deborah Cox
2012 Because of You Beautiful Surprise Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
2014 Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing (album) Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing eOne Kelly Price

Production[edit]

Year Title Album Label Other Artist(s)
1995 Daddy's Home This Is How We Do It PMP Records Montell Jordan
Jungle Groove Ace Ventura (When Nature Calls) MCA Soundtracks Various Artists
I Am L.V. I Am L.V. Tommy Boy Records, East West Records L.V.
1997 Dreaming 98° Motown, BMG Direct Marketing 98°
All About Us Time Mushroom Records Peter Andre
1998 All Night, All Right Time Mushroom Records Peter Andre feat. Warren G
Nobody's Supposed to Be Here One Wish Arista Records, BMG Deborah Cox
Talk Show Shhh! Talk Show Universal Records Shae Jones
When You Get Home Let's Ride Def Jam Recordings Montell Jordan
Once Upon a Time Get It On... Tonite Def Soul Montell Jordan
1999 Careless Whisper The Dance Capitol Records Dave Koz feat. Montell Jordan
Incomplete Unleash the Dragon Def Soul, Dragon Records, Creative Management Group Sisqó
We Can't Be Friends One Wish Arista Records Deborah Cox
Keys Keys (single) TVT Records LaTanya
Once Upon a Time Get It On... Tonite Def Soul Montell Jordan
Everytime Talk Show Universal Records Shae Jones
2000 Never Let Go My Everything Universal Records 98°
Thank You in Advance Thank You in Advance (LP) Universal Records Boyz II Men
Married Man Mirror Mirror Def Soul Kelly Price
A Nu Day (album) A Nu Day Elektra Records Tamia
Tell Me Who Can't Go For That Elektra Records Tamia
Same Script, Different Cast Whitney: The Greatest Hits Arista Records Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox
I Finally Know Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya Universal Records Boyz II Men
2001 I Didn't Realize Jesse Powell MCA Records, Victor Entertainment, Silas Records Jesse Powell
Stranger in My House Stranger in My House (single) Elektra Records Tamia
At Last (album) At Last MCA Music Corp of America Gladys Knight
Based on a True Story (album) Based on a True Story Elektra Records Lil' Mo
Against All Odds Urban Renewal WEA Records, Warner Music Australasia Various Artists
What's Wrong What's Wrong MCA Records Pam & Dodi
I'd Rather Luther Vandross J Records Luther Vandross
Fo' Sho' Believe Elektra Records Yolanda Adams
I Believe I Can Fly The Experience Elektra Records Yolanda Adams feat. Gerald Levert
Beautiful Girl Jersey Ave MCA Records Jersey Ave
2002 With a Kiss The Kiss GospoCentric Records Trin-i-tee 5:7
Starting With You The Morning After J Records Deborah Cox
Never Let Go My Everything Universal Records 98°
I Showed Her O2 J Records O-Town
Always Been Your Girl This Is Who I Am RCA Records, BMG Canada Heather Headley
2003 Sleep in the Middle Bittersweet Arista Records Blu Cantrell
Buy Me a Rose Dance with My Father J Records Luther Vandross
Play Your Part Ultra Dance 04 Ultra Records Deborah Cox
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven / Starting with You Something Happened on the Way to Heaven / Starting with You J Records Deborah Cox
Tomorrow More Elektra Records Tamia
2005 It's Gon Be Nice Day by Day Atlantic Records Yolanda Adams
2006 Please Don't Forget Grateful Light Records Coko
Wait a Minute In My Mind RCA Records Heather Headley
Love and I Between Friends Image Entertainment, Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
The Closing The Book Of David: Vol. 1 The Transition GospoCentric Records, Zomba Label Group Dave Hollister
2007 Church Girl (album) Church Girl Hidden Beach Recordings, Still Waters Recordings Onitsha
Back For My Heart Sampler Not On Label The Blayse
2008 The Promise (album) The Promise (album) Deco Recording Group Deborah Cox
2010 Settle For Colored Girls: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Atlantic Records Various Artists
Same Script, Different Cast The Essential Whitney Houston Arista Records, Sony Music, Legacy Recordings Whitney Houston
2011 A Treasure (album) A Treasure Reprise Records Neil Young / International Harvesters
Mirror Unbelievable Shanachie Records Keke Wyatt
2012 Because of You Beautiful Surprise Plus 1 Music Group Tamia
2014 Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing (album) Sing, Pray, Love, Vol 1: Sing eOne Kelly Price
2015 Black Butterfly Love Life Def Jam Recordings, Plus 1 Music Group Tamia

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Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Nutty Professor Writer ("Bounce 2 This"), Producer ("Jungle Groove")
2009 Not Easily Broken Writer ("Have to Go Through It")
2010 For Colored Girls Writer ("Settle")
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family Writer ("Tired")

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Star Search Writer ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here"), Writer ("Incomplete") 2 episodes
2004 New Zealand Idol Writer ("Incomplete") Episode: "Top 24 Group 3 Performance Show"
Canadian Idol Writer ("Nobody's Supposed to Be Here") 3 episodes
2005 American Idol: The Search for a Superstar Writer ("Incomplete") Episode: "Top 11 Perform"
2007 Idols Writer ("Stranger in My House") Episode: "Top 4: My Idols"
2013 Dancing with the Stars Writer ("Woman's World") Episode: "Cher Week"
2014-16 Unsung Himself 2 episodes
2016 Superstar Duets Writer ("I'd Rather") Episode: "Do or Die"

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Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2000, Crawford was named as one of the top three producers and songwriters of the year by Billboard.[18]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 Glady Knight's At Last Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance Won[19]
Yolanda Adams' The Experience Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Won[19]
2003 Luther Vandross' Dance With My Father Grammy Award for Best R&B Song Nominated[20]
Grammy Award for Song of the Year Won[20]
Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won[20]
Grammy Award for Best R&B Album Won[20]
2013 Tamia's Beautiful Surprise Grammy Award for Best R&B Album Nominated[34]
Grammy Award for Best R&B Song Nominated[34]

ASCAP Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to Be Here ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award Won[35]
Deborah Cox's We Can't Be Friends Won[36]
2002 Tamia's Stranger in My House Won[37]

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Song Nominated[38]

Soul Train Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed to Be Here Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female Won[39]
1999 Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year Won[39]

External links[edit]

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