Noreen Crayton

Noreen Crayton

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Artist Noreen Crayton blends traditional and contemporary gospel for a complete spiritual journey of deliverance.

Biography


In New York, it's often said that artists are a dime a dozen. While that may be true, no one can say that all artists are the same. In fact it is diversity in New York City that makes it such a fascinating place to live and for any artist of any genre to create. New York City is a great place for an artist to lose their perceived sense of self and to find their true self later on....if they want to.

Such is the case of Noreen Crayton. She's another artist from New York with a whole lot to sing....and say.

When Crayton was just six years old, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and her father, a Baptist minister, baptized her. This was also the age that she began singing in the church choir. Many artists get their start in the church and Noreen was no exception. Because of this start, she has always had a relationship with Jesus Christ and seeks continually to understand and nurture the musical call God placed on her life.

She was a child performer performing with a children's theater company. As an adult, she has spent the most of her life touring and singing for many productions in musical theater and in the music industry.

Her musical theater resume reads impressively boasting credits like Mama I Want To Sing, Little Shop Of Horrors, and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent.

In the recording industry, she worked with an array producers including; Pat Holley, Paul Vance, Danny Madden, Paul Beatty and Arnold 'Maddog' Rodriguez. Her smooth background vocals can be found on a songs released by a number of labels like Sony, RCA and Polygram.

Journeying to Europe, she further honed her musical talent by aligning herself with with RCA Hansa recording artist La Bouche (with Lane McCray and the late Melanie Thornton), Frank Farian, Sony recording artist Culture Beat (with Kim Sanders) and Frank Fenslau.

She also toured with La Bouche throughout Europe and the United States as a background singer. Other recording credits include the European based group, The Golden Gospel Singers (with the late Bob Singleton) where she is featured on three albums in addition to touring with them for five years.

Noreen even did a little songwriting, sharing writing credit with a bevy of songwriters in Germany including Uli Brenner and Amir Saraf (writers that were part of the dance song phenomenon 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Be My Lover').

This is an impressive resume for any artist to feel accomplished. However, Noreen Crayton wasn't satisfied with the artistic path she was on. She appreciated the experience of working with such phenomenal talents, however, she also felt a stirring within her soul and needed to "get lost in New York City." So she came back to the city, uncertain and unsure with what to do next.

After completing yet another musical theater tour, in 2004, Noreen began working with songwriter/musician Greg Tornquist as one of the vocalists recording songs for a play he was writing. Producer Rob Galbraith was working on this project as well. Both Tornquist and Galbraith felt Noreen had something special as a songwriter and encouraged her to write. Bolstered by this encouragement, Noreen decided not to just "dabble" in songwriting anymore, she got serious with it and now there is no stopping the flow within her.

This decision has been a blessing in many ways. 'Up To Zion,' a song co-written by Noreen and Gregory James Tornquist was the stand out track on Grammy award winning artist, Ronnie Milsap's gospel project "Then Sings My Soul."

So to those who've known Noreen for years, it comes as no surprise for her to spread her musical wings with an endeavor like the cd, "a diary of deliverance." However, those same people may be surprised to hear the honesty and poignant flavor of each lyric written. There is an urgency within each song she writes that is undeniable. It is not just about her singing voice. It is what she is singing about that makes Noreen who she is and makes the message in the song she's singing worth listening to.

You see, songwriting has been Noreen Crayton's deliverance in that she finally has a voice in which to relate how her relationship with Christ has affected her walk, her talk and her entire way of life. She aspires to write for not only those who never even entertained the thought of Christ before but also, her prayer is that the songs she writes will help those who've turned away from Christianity...to find their way back to Jesus.




Lyrics

There's Nobody Like Jesus

Written By: Noreen Crayton

THERE’S NOBODY LIKE JESUS©
Words and Music by Noreen Crayton
Copyright 2006 Pau3-089-149

There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus
(that sounds real nice won’t chu sing it twice)
There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus

Oh is it crime to spend time wanting to shine in a frame of mind walking the line
Looking for a kind of man with a plan that can help me to stand
So many circumstances, lost and found chances, failed romances
When all the time He was right there holding my hand

I tried not to hear what He had to say
And I tried to do it myself from day to day
But He smiled and showed me the way
I didn’t have to much to do I just decided to pray one day and found

There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus
There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus

So how could it be victory from a Man I can’t see in front of me
It may seem strange to those like the emperor’s clothes but I can guarantee
He’s really here for you and me and opening doors we can’t even see
He’s no phony but the only Man with a plan for your destiny

He will never ever hurt or neglect you
He will love and always protect you
In everything He will lead the way
Just ask Him when you start to pray in His name

There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus
There’s nobody like Jesus
Nobody, no way, no where, no how, nobody like Jesus
I searched the whole world through and found nobody nobody like Jesus

(Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus ) If you need a friend
If you want to win (all our sins and grieves to bear) He can do anything
He can give you what you need, you just have to believe
You gotta believe, you gotta believe, touch and agree with me say yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah---Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh He makes a way, some way, somewhere, somehow, anytime any place believe right now

I looked up and down, to the right, to the left, to the north, to the south, to the east, to the west
Inside, outside, upside down, to the front, to the back, that’s a fact nobody

Discography

album "a diary of deliverance" set for release on September 15, 2008.

Set List

12 Song Minimum

01 The Promise
02 About Time
03 Deliverance
04 Everlasting Life
05 Standing Alone
06 Marvelous
07 Led By The Holy Ghost
08 There's Nobody Like Jesus
09 Even Me
10 Face To Face
11 Walking In The Faith
12 The Invitational