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Life & Work with Meredith Crawford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Meredith Crawford.

Hi Meredith, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I’m from East Texas and I got started in church choir as a kid, singing solos, learning harmonies, etc. I vividly remember going to church and LOVING singing harmonies to the hymns with all of the people surrounding in the pews. That’s really where I learned harmonies, and learned how to sing, and thinking back on it now is really where music sparked into me. As I got older into my preteens and teen years, I sang at Opry shows in East Texas and started writing my own songs and playing guitar and piano.

I got pregnant in high school and my graduation night, I purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to Nashville kind of in a hurried-“yolo” moment. I really thought despite the odds I had against me, I could figure out how to be a mom, make a living, and still find a way to make music in the Music City. Well, that busted. However, it still taught me a lot. I moved to Missouri and had my first child, Wyatt. I soon got pregnant again, moved back to Texas and had my second child, Annie. I started going back to school and working, and raising my babies in the midst of that. That was hard. It felt like a 5-year divorce from performing. Nevertheless, all of that growing grew the song content I was writing, and I had SO many more emotions to tap into because of the life I was living. As the kids got older, I started songwriting with a group of guys, and we formed a band. That group lasted about 2 years and dissolved, but taught me even more. Shortly after that, I started playing a lot of solo shows and continued songwriting and met Chris Rasco. Chris is a phenomenal guitar player from the DFW area and we started performing together and formed another band, Meredith Crawford & the Mean Streak. I released my first album, Transit, in 2019 and with that have come some great opportunities that have led us to where we are now! We’re playing shows all over the East Texas & DFW areas and getting ready to put out a series of EP’s in the upcoming years.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’ve definitely had my teeth kicked in a few times. It’s not been a smooth road. It’s hard being a single mom. It’s hard going to school. It’s hard-working a full-time job. It’s hard making music. It’s really challenging when you try to do all 4 of those things in a week, over and over and over again for about two years. I worked as an Accountant Monday through Friday, went to school in the evenings, and played anywhere from 2-4 shows every weekend for what seemed like an eternity, at the same time raising kids. I still live with regret for the time I’ve lost with my kids and how thin I stretched myself during that period of time. However, I wanted to finish school so I could provide for my kids. I had to work to provide for my kids. But, I had to do music to do something for myself. Life is not a smooth road, and expecting it to be is not realistic.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Currently, I’m a Single Mom/Project Accountant/Singer-Songwriter. I feel like I live this really strange life in which I have kind of a right brain-left brain war always going on in my mind. I got my degree in Accounting and have always enjoyed the more “left-brain” activities, like Math, all throughout my life. However, I also really, really love music and love fostering creativity through song-writing, which is more of a “right-brain” activity. Motherhood, in my opinion, really takes both of those spheres of being and makes them harmonious together, centered, and focused. So to me, that’s my work, my legacy . . . my kids, and the way I raise them using my faith, head, and my heart.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I’ll be forward in saying this, but I think if someone could walk away from the Covid-19 Crisis and say they didn’t learn anything from it . . . . something went awry. I’m truly grateful for the path it led me back to, and that’s Christ. I have never felt more scared, alone, forsaken, and lost during March through May of 2020, and I truly believe I’m not alone in stating that. I know that time had to have tested everyone’s faith. I found myself leaning into all sorts of lies because of fear; fear of the end of the world, fear of not doing life right up to that point, and all of the shame that is included in that. But for me, my mind had to wander to those dark places to find light. I spent a lot of my life leading up to the crisis not thinking of others because I had been too busy to. Before the crisis, I found a false identity in that “rush-rush” lifestyle I had been living and Christ broke that truth into my heart during the crisis and showed me what I was missing all along, Him. I learned how to love my family and friends in a way I didn’t know I could. I learned to look at each person placed in my life with gratitude, thankfulness, and hope for the future. The time during the Covid-19 crisis was a beautiful time to pause and recalibrate life towards light and hope. Well, for me at least.

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1 Comment

  1. Kathy Hall

    January 11, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your story and your music !! Always enjoy watching you live!! I wish you the very best!!

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