Billy Crawford

Billy Joe Ledesma Crawford (born May 16, 1982) is a Filipino-American actor and television personality who has an EP and has had a number of singles, notably "Trackin'", "When You Think About Me" (a remake of a One Voice hit) and "You Didn't Expect That" amongst others. In 2019, he released the single "Filipina Girl" and the album Work in Progress on Viva Records.

Billy Crawford
Billy Crawford by Jopet Sy.jpg
Billy Crawford by Jopet Sy, January 2018
Born
Billy Joe Ledesma Crawford

(1982-05-16) May 16, 1982 (age 38)
Manila, Philippines
AgentABS-CBN Entertainment Groups
(2008–present)
Notable credit(s)
Pilipinas Got Talent
Idol Philippines
TelevisionWorld of Dance Philippines
Your Moment
Spouse(s)
(m. 2018)
Musical career
GenresPop, R&B, soul, OPM
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • comedian
  • dancer
  • television host
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active1986–present
Labels
Children1

He has hosted a number of talent shows of ABS-CBN including Pinoy Dream Academy, Pilipinas Got Talent, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Pinoy Boyband Superstar, Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, Little Big Shots and Idol Philippines and became a judge in World of Dance Philippines and Your Moment.

Early life and careerEdit

Billy Joe Ledesma Crawford was born in Manila, Philippines, to a Filipino mother from Jaro, Iloilo City named Mayette Ledesma and an American father named Jack Crawford. He has two half-brothers.

Crawford was discovered at the early age of 3 years, singing at a bowling alley that his mother often visited. He became a series regular on an afternoon GMA Network television show called That's Entertainment under the name Billy Joe. He attended the International Christian Academy in the Philippines until his departure for the US when he was 12 and balanced both his professional acting and his studies. Crawford acted in a few films before he moved to the United States where he started a music career, performing mostly in the United Kingdom and France, as well as in Asia. His early career started in Dallas, Texas, where he lived and performed his singing and then moved to New York City. During this time, he legally changed his stage name to Billy Crawford. He first went to P.S./I.S. 217 Roosevelt Island Public School and then to Professional Performing Arts School in New York City with other famous professional children, such as Lee Thompson Young, Mandy Moore and Nina Sky. In 1995, he danced with Michael Jackson onstage when he was 13 years old as one of Jackson's back-up dancers at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

AlbumsEdit

Billy Crawford (1997–99)Edit

Crawford recorded his self-titled first album Billy Crawford (which included hits such as "Urgently in Love" and "Mary Lopez") when he was 15 years old.

Ride (2001–02)Edit

In 2001, "Trackin'" was the first single from the album Ride and can be deemed as the singer's most successful hit single: it peaked at number five for five weeks in France and was certified platinum. As of August 2014, it was the 74th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 343,000 units sold.[1] It also reached number-one in the club charts. The song reached #1 in the Netherlands, #2 in Belgium, #3 in Switzerland and #20 in Germany. It had great success in Germany and became #1 on the radio and club chart. In the UK, the song was released as the third single after "You Didn't Expect That" in August 2003 and reached #32 on the UK chart.

By April 2002, Crawford was back on the scene with his second album, Ride. This was certified gold in France (making 100,000 copies) within just a few weeks and gold in Switzerland. The album went on to achieve platinum status in the French market (making 300,000 copies) and a total of 600,000 copies has been sold to date. As for singles, following the success of the second track, "When You Think About Me" (over 250,000 copies sold in France), Crawford returned in September 2002 with a third single from the Ride album, "You Didn't Expect That", which went directly into the top 5 and was certified gold in December, having sold more than 250,000 copies in just a few weeks. After this grand success, he returned in 2003 with two versions of a previously unreleased track: the English version of "Someone Like You" and a special Franco-English version for France, "Me passer de toi", which stayed in the singles charts for some weeks.

Big City (2004–05)Edit

The album Big City was produced by some of the best producers in the American music industry such as Kovas (Ghettobeat Production), J Que (from "The Clutch"), Tricky Stewart and Laney Stewart (RedZone Entertainment), The CornaBoyz, Pale Face, Desmond Child and Stargate. He left his old company, V2 records, wanting to expand his career into something bigger.

Big City Tour Live (2005)Edit

Big City Tour Live is the live release DVD album from Crawford. The DVD was released in France in 2005. It was directed by Michel Jankielewicz, produced by Yves El-Baze and distributed by UMG (2005) (worldwide) (DVD). The budget of this album was €150,000 (estimated).

It's Time (2007)Edit

It's Time is the fourth studio album by Crawford. It was released in 2007 with its first single, "Like That".

Groove (2009)Edit

Groove is the fifth studio album by Crawford. It contains re-workings of classic hits from the 1970s and 1980s.

Sky Is the Limit (2013)Edit

Sky Is the Limit is the first EP (and sixth release) by Crawford. It features five new tracks as well as one remix and one instrumental. It was released through the independent label, Jackpot Records.

Work in Progress (2019)Edit

In 2019, Crawford released the single "Filipina Girl" as the carrier single from the album Work in Progress. It consists of ten tracks with a bonus track featuring Marcus Davis Jr. who produced the album. He once said that the album is dedicated to his wife Coleen García who motivated him to go back to music. Work in Progress was released March 22, 2019 under Viva Records.

Music and television careerEdit

Crawford had major chart success in France and other parts of Europe but did not repeat this success in the United Kingdom and the United States, although his single "You Didn't Expect That" did make the lower reaches of the UK Top 40, peaking at number 35. He also contributed a cover of the original Pokémon TV series theme song for Pokémon: The First Movie.[2] Crawford also appeared at a popular Filipino American event called "Fiesta Filipina" in 2001 held in San Francisco, California.

Crawford's album Big City was released in 2004 in France and Asia only. The single "Bright Lights" was unable to break into any Top 10 charts. The second single "Steamy Nights", produced by Kovas – Ghetto Beat, fared better making the Top 40, and was featured on 7 compilations across Europe and was the first single in Germany. Crawford's music video for "Steamy Nights" was shot in Los Angeles, California, and was produced with the same people who worked on the Destiny's Child single "Lose My Breath". Actress Jenna Dewan, who was one of the main characters in the popular 2006 film Step Up, was featured as Crawford's dance partner.

Another song from the album, "Candy Store" was leaked from the album and received airplay on London radio. Thought to be a duet with Ginuwine, it is featured on the Big City album. After doing the first-ever online reality show The MSN Dance Show, his third single from the album, "3 Wishes" was canceled by his label. Crawford felt it was time for something new and decided not to re-sign his contract with V2 Records. The same year, he voiced Dean in the 1st episode from the 3rd season of the animated TV show Totally Spies!.[3]

 
Crawford in London, November 2009

In 2006, Crawford began recording a new album which was expected to be released in 2007. In 2006, he toured during the summer with the group L5 in France and in November he was scheduled to return to his home country to shoot a film. The same year, he was recorded a cover Super Freak by Rick James from the French animated film Asterix and the Vikings.[4]

In 2007, he returned to the Philippines for a new dance reality show, MOVE: The Search for Billy Crawford's Pinoy Dancers for GMA Network. The show searched for six back-up dancers to be called The Movers, for his very first Philippine concert, 'Billy Crawford: It's Time' held at the Araneta Coliseum. He brought along the brainchild of MOVE, then-wife and official dance choreographer Marie Courchinoux, known as 'Maryss from Paris' to be one of the main judges of the show as the Move Master. Initially having six Movers as his back-up crew, he eventually added a seventh Mover to complete the crew. Crawford's official dancers were Darcy Godoy, JM Vergara, Aizel Moñeva, AJ Sarate, Jobel Dayrit, Daniel Agbisit and Mich Garong. After the successful concert, he returned to the United States to work on projects and fulfill several commitments.

In 2008, upon his return to the Philippines, Crawford signed with ABS-CBN as an exclusive artist instead of returning to GMA. He became a regular on the Sunday variety show ASAP and later hosted Pinoy Dream Academy Überture, a reality search that involves the skill of singing.

In 2009, he returned to acting via Your Song Presents with his partner and fellow singer Nikki Gil. He also released his fifth studio album Groove in the Philippines as well as worldwide digital services later that year. He also hosted a former talent show, Showtime.

In 2010, he hosted Pilipinas Got Talent with fellow co-host Luis Manzano and both won as Best Talent Search Program Hosts at the 24th PMPC Star Awards for TV.

Since 2011, Crawford has been hosting with Vhong Navarro and other hosts in the weekday variety show It's Showtime.

In 2013, he released his first EP, Sky Is the Limit on the independent label Jackpot Records. This was his first music release since 2009. On April 4, 2014, he renewed his contract with Universal Records. He was set to release a new album later that year. In 2017, when he was promoting soul brothers concert which includes him he performed his new single Future for his wife Coleen García Crawford.[5]

Legal issuesEdit

In September 2014, Crawford was involved in an incident at a Bonifacio Global City police precinct where he allegedly flew into a drunken rage, injuring a desk officer and damaging the precinct's glass door in the ensuing scuffle.[6]

Crawford, who had no prior history of legal incidents, has since issued an apology to his fans and to the officers whom he crossed paths with,[7][8] though mischief and assault charges have been filed against him.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

After moving to the United States at age 12, Crawford lived in Dallas and then New York City and has also lived in Paris and spent one year residing in London. He also lived in Los Angeles in 2007. He is multilingual; with his first language being Tagalog, his second being English and third, French.

After he had returned to the Philippines, dated a singer and ended things up on 2013. The next year, he began dating his co-host Coleen García from It's Showtime!.[10] The two became engaged on December 20, 2016,[11] and married on April 20, 2018.[12] On May 1, 2020, they announced that they were expecting their first child on Instagram.[13]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
BEL
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
NL
[17]
SWI
[18]
1999 Billy Crawford
  • Released: June 15, 1999
  • Label: V2
2002 Ride
  • Released: July 8, 2002
  • Label: V2
22 7 73 53 17
2005 Big City
  • Released: April 12, 2005
  • Label: V2
32 12 84
2007 It's Time
  • Released: September 24, 2007
  • Label: MCA
2009 Groove[C]
2019 Work in Progress
  • Released: March 22, 2019
  • Label: Viva
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

EPsEdit

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
NL
[17]
SWI
[18]
2013 Sky Is the Limit
  • Released: May 21, 2013
  • Label: Jackpot Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
AUT
[24]
BEL
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[25]
NL
[17]
NZ
[26]
SWE
[27]
SWI
[18]
UK
[28][29]
1998 "Urgently in Love" 64 94 90 12 28 48 Billy Crawford
1999 "Supernatural" 124
"Mary Lopez" 15 82
"Pokémon Theme 2" Pokémon: The First Movie Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
2001 "When You're in Love with Someone"[A] Ride
2002 "Trackin'" 55 3 5 23 1 33 5 32
"When You Think About Me"[B] 21 14 48 16 24
"You Didn't Expect That" 13 6 82 56 23 35
2003 "Me passer de toi (Someone Like You)" 36 11 28
2004 "Bright Lights" 2 12 46 Big City
2005 "Steamy Nights" 42
2007 "It's Time" It's Time
"Like That"
2009 "Steal Away"[C] Groove
"Human Nature"[C]
2010 "You've Got a Friend" (featuring Nikki Gil)[C]
2019 "Filipina Girl" (featuring Marcus Davis Jr. and James Reid) Work in Progress
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.

Notes

  • A^ Song was released in the United States in 2001, and internationally in 2003.
  • B^ Song was originally recorded by the Filipino-American girl group One Voice.
  • C^ Album and songs were released only in the Philippines, and therefore, did not chart as there are no official albums and singles charts in the Philippines.

FilmographyEdit

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Sandakot Na Bala Credited as Billy Joe Crawford
Lost Command David
1989 Pardina at ang Mga Duwende Bambi
Pahiram ng Isang Umaga Chad
Bote, Dyaryo, Garapa
Everlasting Love
1990 Kasalanan ang Buhayin Ka
Dine Dinero
1991 Eh Kasi Bata Daryll
2005 Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Cheche
2012 Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Isaac Estrada Billy Crawford's 1st Viva Films film
2013 Momzillas Elwood Billy Crawford's 1st Star Cinema film
2014 Moron 5.2: The Transformation Isaac Estrada
2015 A Second Chance Pedro
2015 That Thing Called Tanga Na Baldo
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1986–1994 That's Entertainment Himself
1986–1992 Lovingly Yours, Helen Guesting
1989–1993 Coney Reyes on Camera Guesting
1997–2008 Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman Himself
2005 Totally Spies! Dean Original French voice
2007 Celebrity Duets: Philippine Edition Himself Guesting as Tessa Prieto-Valdez's duet partner
2008–present ASAP Himself
2008 Pinoy Dream Academy Himself Host
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya Toto Episode "Kalendaryo"
Your Song Buboy/Brian Flores Episode "If Your Not the One"
2010 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 1) Himself Host
Wowowee Himself Guest co-host
Panahon Ko 'to!: Ang Game Show ng Buhay Ko Himself Host with Luis Manzano
2011 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 2) Himself Host
2011–2018, 2019–present It's Showtime Himself Host/Judge in Tawag ng Tanghalan
2011 Star Power Himself Judge
2012 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 3) Himself Host
2013 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 4) Himself Host
2014 Aquino & Abunda Tonight Himself Guest host
2014 The Singing Bee Himself Guest host
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar (season 1) Himself Host
2015 Sabado Badoo Himself; credited as Billy Joe Crawford Cameo footage featured
2015 Your Face Sounds Familiar (season 2) Himself Host
2015 Celebrity Playtime Himself Host (episodes 1–7)
2016 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 5) Himself Host
2016 Pinoy Boyband Superstar Himself Host
2017 Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Himself Host
2017 Little Big Shots Himself Host
2018 Pilipinas Got Talent (season 6) Himself Host
2018 I Can See Your Voice Himself Guesting
2018 Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids Himself Host
2019 World of Dance Philippines Himself Judge
2019 Search for the Idol Philippines Himself Host
2019 Your Moment Himself Judge[33]

In 2007, Crawford received an offer to do a dance film called Back Down. He was also supposed to read for a film with Whoopi Goldberg, but these Hollywood productions were pushed back.[34] Crawford's life story has also been shown on the Philippine television drama show Maalaala Mo Kaya.[35]

AwardsEdit

Billy was awarded for 2002 NRJ Music Awards for "Best Newcomer of the Year" in France.

  • 2003: NRJ Music Awards – International Male Artist of the Year

Billy Crawford was given "International Male Artist of the Year" at the NRJ Music Awards 2003 in Cannes, France, on January 18, 2003. He beat Robbie Williams to win the award.

  • 2007: Eastwood Walk of Fame – Billy Crawford

On January 15, 2007, he was given a star plaque at the Eastwood City Walk of Fame in the Philippines and was the first inductee that year.

  • November 25, 2007: Famas (Philippines)
  • March 26, 2008: 3rd MYX Music Awards (Philippines)
  • November 13, 2010: 24th PMPC Star Awards for TV Philippines – Best Talent Program Host Winner (with Luis Manzano) for Pilipinas Got Talent.

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
Utt Panichkul
Miss Earth Host
2008
Succeeded by
Marc Nelson