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-Debut Single to Be Released This Friday, February 3rd-
(Black PR Wire) Florida has a new gospel sensation and inspiration. His name? DeWayne Crocker, Jr., a college freshman hailing from Pensacola, Florida. Having acquired most of his success from viral social media videos (YouTube and Facebook) which have received more than 15 million views worldwide, DeWayne first started singing as a child in the church.
In 2015, DeWayne was presented with an opportunity to share his God-given talent with a nationwide audience when he auditioned and was selected for Black Entertainment Television’s “Sunday Best: Race to the Stage” show. He was one of more than 15,000 applicants from across the United States to submit a video to the competition. DeWayne’s soul-stirring rendition of “Precious Lord” garnered him a spot among 10 finalists, based on vocal ability, vocal creativity, stage presence and gospel ministry. And after an intense three-week battle between those finalists, hosted on BET.com, DeWayne was crowned winner of the “Sunday Best: Race to the Stage” competition. He made his national television debut on the Sunday Best's season finale on August 30th, 2015.
It All Started with Humble Beginnings
DeWayne fondly recalls singing duets in church with his sister when he was 5 years old. Growing up, he continued to perform at area churches in Pensacola, but it was after he won a Pensacola High School talent show at age 13, that he really became serious about music. With a win under his belt, DeWayne continued to perform around Pensacola and entered more talent contests. While in high school, he even auditioned once for the “X-Factor” and twice for “The Voice,” where he made it as far as the second round each time. So, when the “Race to the Stage” competition came around, he threw his hat back in the ring and scored a knockout.
Paving the Way
Today, DeWayne is truly a gospel sensation and an inspiration for future generations. A born again Christian, the 20-year-old DeWayne gives all the glory to the Lord and is striving to reach his generation by exemplifying his love of Jesus Christ.
“I want other young people to know that your dreams can become reality. You must stay faithful, hear and follow the path that God has laid out for you. It may not be instantaneous but it always happens at the right time,” said DeWayne, a 2015 high school graduate. “I was always singing at church, at school, at work, in the mall, at Walmart, but I never imagined that I would one day be singing for a nationwide audience and reaching millions of others all over the world. Of course, I hoped and really wanted to record music with a message, but God placed the right people in my path at the right time, and my dream has become a reality.”
The Well-Anticipated Debut Single
DeWayne’s new debut single entitled “Never Give Up” is scheduled to be released this Friday, February 3rd, 2017, along with his music video. The original song also will be featured on BET's highly-anticipated new TV show, “Joyful Noise” hosted by Grammy Award winner Tye Tribbett.
DeWayne’s dream has become a reality, but the best is surely yet to come. With a personal philosophy of being “Young, Fly and Saved,” DeWayne will undoubtedly continue to spread his wings and soar high.
For more information on DeWayne and to book him for your next event, visit www.dewaynecrockerjr.net. Fans are also encouraged to follow DeWayne Crocker Jr., on Facebook or @SingDeWayne on Twitter and Instagram.