With decades of full-time Gospel ministry, Ed Crawford has added his newest solo titles “The Country Side of Gospel” and “After All These Years” to the list of nearly 50 recording projects in which he has already been involved. He is best known for his role in reorganizing the Singing Americans in 1978 and for his position as baritone singer for The Kingsmen from 1979-1989.
Founding Big Ed Crawford Ministries in 1990, he spent the next 12 years ministering as a solo evangelist in churches throughout the nation. Ed is ministering once again in the vein of full-time solo evangelism where he is bringing his Southern Gospel artistry to the people through Word and song.
Ed Crawford’s baritone vocals have been heard in performances throughout the United States and abroad including the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico. He has performed at the White House and on the stages of The Grand Ole Opry, the National Quartet Convention, also at the opening of the World’s Fair with then President Ronald Reagan. Ed has also performed for television audiences of Great American Gospel, TBN, PTL, Crook and Chase, The Ralph Emery Show, Gospel Country, and the Music City Showcase. In addition, he has been involved with concerts such as the Bonifay, Florida All Night Singing, Lions Club All Night Singing in Waycross, GA, World’s Largest All-Night Indoor Singing in Tuscaloosa, AL, and the Shriners’ Benefit Concert in Columbia, SC, to name a few.
He has collaborated with such notable world evangelists as Bill Stafford of Chattanooga, TN, Bill Sturm of Tulsa, OK, Greg Casto of Cleveland, TN, and Sonny Holland of Clinton, LA. Other denominational leaders with whom Ed has ministered include Dr. Laurence Rhoades of West Union, OH., Dr. John Phillips of West Chester, Scotland, Dr. Jerry Spencer from Dothan, AL, and former ambassador Bill Riddick, all of whom Ed considers his mentors and models for his personal life and ministry.
When considering Ed Crawford’s talent and his lifelong devotion to the music industry and to furthering the Gospel through Word and song, that he has received numerous forms of recognition is no surprise. As a founding and charter member of the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians (USAGEM), he is the recipient of the prestigious USAGEM Diamond Award for lifetime achievement and was voted USAGEM’s Male Vocalist of the Year. In addition, Ed was nominated the GMA Male Vocalist of the Year and he subsequently received eight consecutive nominations as the Singing News Baritone of the Year. Aside from recognition for his vocal abilities, Ed has also been bestowed what he considers perhaps the highest honor by having been named 1984’s Gentleman of Gospel Music, a title that has followed him for years.