Howard, the ninth of ten siblings, was part of The McCrary Family Choir, a force to be reckoned in American Gospel Music. He fronted The McCrary Five who shared top-billing with The Jackson Five on a coast-to-coast US tour, became friends with Michael Jackson and sang on two of Michael’s albums.
LA based, Howard subsequently recorded with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Nina Simone, Ringo Starr, Dionne Warwick, Earth Wind and Fire and Chaka Khan, whose sister Tammy he married. He worked with Quincy Jones, was Grammy-nominated in 1985 and received The Duke Ellington Award for Most Promising Gospel Writer.
McCrary took the piano chair and was featured singer with The Phil Upchurch Combo on their 1993 UK/European Tour and for reasons that are pretty much unexplained to this day, jumped ship to stay in Birmingham at the tour’s end.
He made Birmingham his home for the following 18 months and hooked up with Big Bear Records who built a fine band of musicians around his vocals and piano-playing and secured regular gigs at Ronnie Scotts in Birmingham. The band broadcast on radio and TV, undertook several tours including a 40 date UK tour and another through Holland, Belgium and Germany.
This album shows Howard in his element at Ronnies, performing to yet another sell out crowd. Never before released, we are now pleased to be able to make this music available for the first time.
- Would You?
- Hurry On Down
- Goin’ to Chicago
- Moody’s Mood For Love
- Moments Like This
- Over The Rainbow
- Precious Lord, Take My Hand
- Every Day I Have The Blues
- I Was A Little Too Lonely
- Route 66
- Don’t You Drive Me Away
Featuring: Mike Burney [saxophones], Josh McCalla [guitar], Roger Inniss [bass] and Tim Jones [drums]