Music World Gospel recording artist Amber Bullock, soared to the top of the gospel music charts after capturing the hearts of millions as she topped a talented field of singers to become the 2011, Season 4 winner of BET’s Sunday Best, the #1 rated weekly gospel music competition show. Her debut CD project, Thank You, was released in December, 2011, on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label. The EP entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Thank You featured the Top 10 Billboard hit, “Thank You Lord,” a rendition of Walter Hawkins’ anthem as well as other contemporary classic songs.
Bullock, the St. Louis native and single mother of three-year old Amya, is building a diverse fan base with her signature jazz-infused and neo-soul inspired style. Her unique approach to gospel and inspirational music is front and center on her sophomore CD project, So In Love, which will be available in stores and online everywhere on July 10, 2012.
So In Love is produced by PJ Morton for 2PM Music. Bullock describes their musical partnership as a “match made in heaven.” The result is ten songs of feel-good inspirational music that ranges in style from neo-soul, to jazz, to contemporary gospel, to reggae, with even a little country thrown in. The songs on the CD highlight Bullock’s incredible vocal range and her unique singing style.
“I love music, so I don’t want to just give my listeners the same type of music that’s already out there,” says Bullock. “I want to give them fresh, memorable songs that they are still humming long after the song has finished playing, the kind of songs you keep on repeat.” On her new CD, she does just that.
Bullock wrote her first single, “Lord You’ve Been So Good” with a friend, when she was in college. The song was updated for this CD project with the help of PJ Morton. The upbeat, neo-soul style song features a driving horn section and shows off Bullock’s wide range and effortless runs. “Done For Me,” was also written by Bullock, with Shaun Martin, Greg Brown and Kirk Franklin, who is featured on this song. It has a catchy tune and a powerful message about God’s unconditional love. Bullock goes reggae in “I’m So In Love with You,” which was penned by PJ Morton. “Second Chances,” is a contemporary gospel song that Bullock describes as “dramatic” with instrumentation that features strings and an organ. The song reminds the listener that God’s love and forgiveness are great gifts to us. “Changed,” written by PJ Morton and featuring Isaac Carree, has a contemporary gospel style and a memorable hook. “My daughter sings along with this song every time she hears it,” says Bullock.
The R&B style “Yes,” starts with drums and keeps on pumping energy. The song, written by PJ Morton, is one of Bullock’s favorite on the CD because of both the catch tune and the message. “Yes is a powerful word,” she says. Written by Juante Hall and Jonathan Dunn, “Nobody Else” has jazzy undertones and a message about going to a secret place to meet only with God. “Take it Back,” written by Josiah Martin, reminds us that everything we do or have comes from God. That message is delivered in a pop style song with techno-rock undertones. “Ruler” is a contemporary praise and worship song that Bullock describes as “a little bit country.” Bullock continues, “My most powerful worship experience is when I’m focused on how powerful and loving God is, and how He keeps blessing me, even when I don’t deserve it.” The last song on the CD, “Same God,” was written by Bullock and Shaun Martin. It’s a simple but powerful worship song that acknowledges the faithfulness of God.
Bullock is proud of this project, which features all original songs and live music. She says that she has matured a lot musically since Thank You was released, and believes that shows in the new CD. She’s hopeful that people will be blessed by the CD.
Born Anthony Williams, Tonéx grew up in the San Diego, California area. His father, Dr. Anthony Williams, was Senior Pastor of the Truth Apostolic Community Church in Spring Valley, CA and served as a district elder in the California District Council of the Pentecostal Asssemblies of the World (PAW). By the age of 7 the child prodigy, Tonéx was playing the organ and composing songs of his own. By age 10, he had recorded an album of his own at home (produced by Virgil Brookins).
It was Tonéx's performance at the 14th Annual Stellar Awards that left a mark on the Gospel Industry at large. Tonéx is not just a singer but a true vocalist, dancer and performer. Tonéx's artistic ability was not only gaining the attention of Gospel music lovers but of music lovers as a whole.
Y'Anna is the 2009 Season II Winner of the NAACP Award winning television series Sunday Best (BET/Viacom Network). Y’Anna possesses vocals that are often reminiscent of the iconic voice of the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin who has been one of her greatest musical influences. Her musical interpretation takes you on a journey that is captivating, heartfelt, soulful, and spirit filled.
Y’Anna is the great niece of legendary gospel singer Reverend Julius Cheeks. Y'Anna has used her national platform to maintain a visible, and relevant presence in the music business, while expanding her brand, as well as influencing change both on as well as off of the stage. This is not only as an artist, but also as an active ADVOCATE for women and teens who identify with the plight of identity crisis and low self-esteem .
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 Gospel Charts, and won Y’Anna the coveted Stellar Award (Gospel Music’s equivalent to the Grammy) as its 2012 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 reached #12 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 “Sisters”.
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 the mother of two sons (Roger 19 & Theous “THEE-US” 5 years of age). She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden under the pastoral leadership of Pastor John Kenneth Jenkins & First Lady Trina Jenkins.