Tony Craddock Jr. & Cold Front and Kayla Waters

Tony Craddock Jr. & Cold Front

“The maturity of his vision for life and music is quite compelling and is born out in the sound of his horn,” says Grammy® award-winning saxophonist & composer Kirk Whalum about emerging jazz saxophonist Tony Craddock, Jr. Craddock’s discovery of smooth jazz on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” at age eight led him to the saxophone and eventually to Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Now, he uplifts listeners with song titles, sounds and lyrics that connect his inspirational messages with emotions people experience from the weather, reaching more than 20,000 monthly listeners through Spotify, Pandora Radio and other streaming outlets.

Craddock’s newest album H2O (March 2018) is produced by chart-topping jazz guitarist Ken Navarro and features Kirk Whalum on a soul-stirring offering of “Amazing Grace.” The lead single “Living Water” (featuring Navarro) has aired on Sirius XM Watercolors, Music Choice Smooth Jazz and more than forty radio stations in the U.S., U.K. and Poland, also peaking at #13 on the British Smooth Jazz chart and reaching the Top 40 on the Radiowave Smooth Jazz chart. Craddock also renders his take on the New Edition classic “Can You Stand the Rain,” while penning originals, including two heartfelt vocal songs he accompanies on saxophone, “Abide in Me” and “Sunrise,” dedicated to his wife and daughter respectively. Previous album releases by Craddock include Convection (2013) and Christmas in the Air (2011), which aired on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s,” bringing his musical journey full circle since that was the origin of his passion for jazz.

Craddock’s latest single (December 2018) is a saxophone cover of the 2018 Dove Award-winning and Billboard Gospel #1 hit song “Won’t He Do It,” originally performed by gospel singer Koryn Hawthorne. The cover, a “wintry mix” of gospel, jazz and hip-hop, garnered the approval of the song’s writer, Grammy Award-winning Makeba Woods-Riddick (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez). “[Tony’s saxophone cover] warmed my heart the first time I heard it,” says Woods-Riddick. “It was like a warm cup of hot chocolate on a blustery winter day with caramel drizzle on top…Definitely my favorite version of the song since the original.” Craddock’s next single, “Sunrise (Remix),” will be released in early 2019.

Describing the experience at one of Craddock’s shows, Ronald Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride recalls, “A warm night outside met a cool set inside, and the contrast was much appreciated — as was the impressive set by the weatherman with a penchant for sax and smooth jazz.” Craddock has performed at Bethesda Blues & Jazz, Blues Alley, Jazz in the Garden, the U.S. Botanic Garden and National Harbor (Washington, D.C. area); The Tin Pan and CBS 6’s “Virginia This Morning” (Richmond, VA); Chateau Elan Winery & Resort (Braselton, GA); and events in Detroit, MI and Waco, TX. He has also been blessed to share the stage with award-winning artists Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Ken Navarro, Ben Tankard, Luther Barnes, Kim Jordan and actress/singer Rebecca Holden (Nightrider, General Hospital).

Craddock leads the inspirational jazz band Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front, the name under which he released H2O. The band’s music blends jazz, gospel and R&B/soul, all genres which influence his music. “Cold fronts lift warm air in weather,” explains Craddock. “We aim to lift people’s spirits through our music, just like a cold front.” He also serves as the musical director for the band that he has led since 2013.

Craddock is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy (Washington, D.C. Chapter) and an endorsing artist of the Fiberreed Carbon on alto saxophone.

Craddock believes his music has nothing to do with him, but rather the gifts with which God has blessed him. He is a native of Woodbridge, VA and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and daughter.

Sensational new artist, Kayla Waters is an elite pianist, composer, producer and music director. After landing a record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm Records (SONY), Kayla gracefully returns with her second consecutive Billboard No. 1 single "Zephyr" from her sophomore album "Coevolve" that released this past Fall. In 2017, Kayla's debut single "I Am" from her first record "Apogee" soared upward and hit #1 on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart just 10 weeks after its debut. After a very successful breakout year, both Kayla's debut single and album charted on Billboard's Smooth Jazz Songs and Albums of the Year. Kayla has eloquently found herself welcoming and utilizing a plethora of opportunities to play and work with musical legends, music directors and major recording artists worldwide. This distinctive list includes musical giants such as Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Avery*Sunshine, Maysa Leak, Kim Burse and Ray Chew to name a few. This past year, Kayla exploded on the music scene, gracing renowned stages across the country including the Derby City Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Baltimore County African American Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz Festival and the Catalina Island Jazz Festival. Kayla’s gifts also garnered her national recognition on the BET television network’s highly acclaimed “Black Girls Rock” awards show. Kayla expertly played keyboards for the legendary Gladys Knight, Marsha Ambrosius, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Imani Uzuri. She was also a featured performing artist at the first annual Fender Rhodes Fest in Los Angeles, California along with a host of stellar music contemporaries.

Kayla, a classically trained child who grew up in a jazz household, is no stranger to the music world. Her parents observed the musical proclivities in their child from as early as 10-months old, when baby Kayla regularly found her way into the family living room and began “playing” the family’s Brentwood acoustic piano. Her parents enrolled her in piano lessons at the age of six. Since that pivotal moment, she instantly fell in love and began to master her musical gifts with excellence. As the daughter of Kim Waters, international smooth jazz icon, Kayla closely observed the inner workings and processes of the music industry. While watching his career unfold, she soon became inspired to pursue a career as a solo jazz pianist. In addition to being featured on several of her father’s albums, she has performed with him at renowned concerts and jazz festivals worldwide. Collectively, these experiences nurtured her inner artistry, and served as critical preparation for Kayla’s evolution as an emerging arranger, composer and songwriter.

As a graduate of Howard University, where she obtained a Bachelor Music Degree in Piano Performance (Summa Cum Laude), Kayla gives extensive credit to this institution for her success as a budding recording artist. She is also a member of the Grammy Recording Academy in Washington, DC and the Associate Music Director at Grace Brethren Church in Clinton, MD. Kayla continuously acknowledges that God is at the forefront of everything she does. It is He who orchestrates her steps and for this she is eternally grateful.

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