|178 cm (5′ 11”)
| May 16,
Co-host with Luis Manzano of Pilipinas Got Talent who released the song “You Didn’t Expect That.” He later appeared as one of the host of It’s Showtime.
|178 cm (5′ 11”)
He attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York alongside Mandy Moore and Nina Sky.
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.
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. 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.
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. Crawford also appeared at a popular Filipino American event called “Fiesta Filipina” in 2001 held in San Francisco, California.
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.
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.
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).
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.
It’s Time is the fourth studio album by Crawford. It was released in 2007 with its first single, “Like That”.
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.
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.
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. Crawford’s life story has also been shown on the Philippine television drama show Maalaala Mo Kaya.
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.
After he had returned to the Philippines, dated a singer Nikki Gil and ended things up on 2013. The next year, he began dating his co-host Coleen García from It’s Showtime!. The two became engaged on December 20, 2016, and married on April 20, 2018. Last September 10, 2020, they welcome their new son, Amari.
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.
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.
In September 2020, he transferred to TV5 Network, in line to host the Philippine version of The Masked Singer and the noontime variety show Lunch Out Loud.
Currently, Billy Crawford is 39 years, 6 months and 11 days old. Billy Crawford will celebrate 40th birthday on a Monday 16th of May 2022.
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