Stacey Richardson Crawford, also known as Sarahâs Girl, is an accomplished, polished and gifted R&B vocalist who has been recognized as one of the industries best kept secrets. At the tender age of 3, she was propelled into her destiny. During morning service at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist church, one of Cleveland, Ohio's largest congregations, her grandfather and Pastor, the late Rev. Dr. John T. Weeden planted her on a chair in front of a microphone. Accompanied by her mother, the late Sarah Weeden Richardson, Stacey hasn't stepped away from it since. Throughout her childhood she honed her skills by singing with various groups and choirs including her family, The Weeden Family Singers, a 50+ voice gospel choir who, when she was a teenager, recorded the critically acclaimed album "Victory Shall Be Mine", penned by her husband, David W. Crawford.
Although Staceyâs style is often compared to the classic, Gladys Knight, Stacey adds a breath of fresh air to todayâs music, with a timeless sound of her own. She has captivated audiences throughout the country and has had the pleasure of performing at such renowned venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, numerous House of Blues' venues across the nation, BB Kings, many prestigious casinoâs including the infamous MGM Grand, Madison Square Garden, the NFLâs Player's Association at the XXXIX Superbowl in Jacksonville, Florida and nearly all major theaters in the US.
Over the years, Stacey has traveled throughout the US and the world and experienced the very best life has to offer. She has performed overseas in London, UK, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Seoul, Korea, Martinique, and for various jazz festivals in such islands as Bermuda, Aruba, Bahamas and Jamaica to name a few .
It is not surprising that this extraordinary entertainer would share the stage with well
known stars such as Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Babyface, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, India.arie, Jill Scott, Kenny G, Bob Dylan, Cassandra Wilson and John Legend. She has also performed with such great gospel artists like Mary, Mary, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and many others, all while singing background for Grammy Award winning mega stars like the late Gerald Levert of Cleveland, Ohio and R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton. She has also performed in countless concert tours, with such stars as Luther Vandross, the O'Jays, Carlos Santana, Anita Baker and the late comedian Bernie Mac. One of her most memorable performances was when she was asked by Paul Shaffer of the Letterman Orchestra from, The Late Show with David Letterman, to sing along with his band at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies. During this prestigious event, she was afforded the chance to sing with legends that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame such as Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bobby Womack and Ronnie Woods of the Rolling Stones.
As a result of Staceyâs versatile performances including special occasions honoring icons such as Oprah Winfrey, Patti Labelle, and NBA legends Michael Jordan and Earvin âMagicâ Johnson, she has become a familiar face amongst well-known entertainers. Due to this kind of success, Stacey's talent has been promoted in various television appearances such as Ellen, Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Showtime at the Apollo, the Soul Train Awards, The BET Gospel Celebration, VH1âs VSPOT, AOL Sessions, Clear Channel, The Tom Joyner Morning Sky Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and the Anthony Hamilton DVD, Coming From Where I'm From Live and More.
Stacey enjoys actively participating in charitable events and has donated her artwork to the Art Fur Animal Annual Auction to raise funds for Cleveland area animal shelters. She is also an avid promoter of education and remains passionate about helping others improve their quality of life. She has participated in many career days in the Cleveland city school system, and has performed for educational charitable events such as the Tom Joyner Foundation's Fantastic Voyage Cruise to raise money for HBCU's (Historical Black Colleges and Universities); The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Evening with the Stars hosted by the late Lou Rawls, and has participated as a judge for CEOGC's (Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland) annual talent and scholarship program. She is on the faculty roster at the Fine Arts Association, in Willoughby, Ohio, a prestigious private arts school where she teaches vocal classes to students of all ages. She is also an active member of the Sarah Weeden Richardson Minority Scholarship Committee named in her mother's honor which enables minority students to be able to actively participate in the arts. Stacey is currently performing with her band, Sarah's Girl, at several private events around the Cleveland area.