Guest Blogger: Y’Anna CrawleyPublished by Torrence Glenn on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:13 am.
Sup folks, I told you Y’Anna Crawley was coming next! Again, keeping it short because you’ve heard wha I have to say. Y”Anna also came by to tell us about her Sunday Best experience and give you some insight into some things you probably don’t know. Enjoy, and keep voting votes, it’s down to the wire!
*Passes mic to Y’Anna*
Torrence asked me to blog a little bit about my experience and journey with Sunday Best..Wanna hear it? Here we go!!!
Sunday Best has been a life changing experience. It truly has helped me with my walk with God. From the time I stood in that long line in the freeeezing cold to audition, receiving the call back and actually leaving DC to go to ATL for the taping has all been exciting and reassuring that God keeps his promises!!!!!
Each moment, with everyday felt like I was living out a dream. I could not believe I had actually made it! Seriously…
Being there with the contestants was awesome! We all clicked instantly. I remember arriving in Atlanta waiting to go to the hotel to meet the rest of the crew!!! I was so anxious to meet and greet the Top 20 contestants. When we all got settled in it was just wonderful!!! 20 different personalities but we shared one commonality and that was we all loved God. We were ready to do what we were sent there to do… I know it was a competition; however it felt like a family reunion. You know how you go to a family function and you meet and get to know your family you’ve never met before? That’s what it felt like… It was real cool.
It was truly amazing how we all worked well together without any conflicts, confusion or jealousy. I can remember being at the rehearsal studio and if someone was a bit unsure about their song, one of us would step in to try and help that person. It was just a sincere, loving, and great group of people. I had a ball being with them.. We had so many great moments. I wish I could sit here and tell you a little bit about each individual but it would take a while. Just know that I love every last one of them. I knew we were there for a competition and some people had to go at their given time but I didn’t want none of them to leave. We established real love and friendship!!!! I love you guys!!!
While I was there I had some moments that has played over and over in my mind. The most memorable moment is when Jessica and I was just hanging out, chillin’, chatting and stuff.. You know just some good ole’ girl talk. We started talking about the things we had gone through in life and what we wanted to change in our lives. It began to seem like we were telling the same story.. How Ironic. Our Life experiences were similar!!! We were like Wow!!!! This is crazy! So, after we shedded a few tears and sucked things up! lol She turned to me and said “Y’Anna WE’RE NOT GOING HOME!” She said it with such conviction. I said it back to her “Jessica WE’RE NOT GOING HOME!” God gave us this opportunity and we are here for a reason.. Right then I knew after we both spoke those words… We were not GOING HOME!!! I trusted that word throughout the competition. Even when times got a bit rough we would somehow find one another and declare those same words ..THE WORD SAYS SPEAK THOSE THING THAT ARE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE!!! And we did! I thank God!!! What U speak definitely is powerful!!! Jessica Reedy and Y’Anna Crawley Sunday Best Finalist!!! Thanks Jessy for those words of encouragement!!! Love ya hun.
Now I can not forget to Thank some of the people who has done a tremendous job of being there and helping us through this thang!!!
Donald Lawrence I want to say You are phenomenal!!!! That best describes you!!! I truly thank you for being there every step of the way! Your advice has stayed with me and has helped me even after the competition. Kirk Franklin, thanks for your sense of humor!!! I think you were a Ring Leader in your former life!!! Sike, you are Funny!!! Smile.
Erica and Tina Campbell!!! Sistah To Sistah thanks for your smiles, your style and the truth!!! Whatever you had to say whether good or not so good I took it with stride!! Thank you. BeBe I couldn’t wait to hear what you had to say with every performance I gave. I thank you for all the love and support!
Behind the scenes.. I met some of the best people. D’Angela thank you for stepping in when I needed you the most..(My Hair) lol Wheeeeewwwww! lol
Nia, KEEP IT REAL NIA!!! Love ya LADY!
Tamara, Sweety Pie thank you for keeping it stern yet sweet..
Last but not least Regina, Terry Leon, Kelly and Symon.. Man y’all were getting it in! I appreciate allllllllll that y’all have done. From the late night runs to Walmart. Man, you guys were on target!! Thank you!
Ray Chew and the band. What can I say but y’all did yo Thang!!! Bad!
The fantastic four on them backgrounds.. SAAAAAAANG!!!!!! Denitra, Keisha, Latrice and Daniel! Y’all are the truth!
To all my supporters and fans I want to thank y’all sooooooooo much for everything. Thank you for the words of encouragements even when you didn’t know I needed them… Truly from the bottom of my big toe thank you! lol For real, from the bottom of my heart thank you and love ya!
*Takes mic from Y’Anna*
Thanks Y’Anna for dropping by and talking to us, we KNOW you’re busy and your nerves are probably on edge. Well folks, that’s it for today. I think I may have a few more surprises up my sleeve, but you gotta check back for ‘em. (notice I said “I may!” lol)
I’m out for now!