Anthony Crawford (born June 29, 1981) is an American bassist, songwriter, producer and recording artist from Memphis, Tennessee.
He is best known for working with Justin Timberlake, Peabo Bryson, Howard Hewett, Shalamar, Kirk Whalum, Phil Perry, Glen Jones and Karen Briggs. Anthony also played bass for the National Democratic Convention for Bill Clinton in 2000.
Anthony Crawford was born in Memphis, Tennessee, into a musical family including his father, drummer Hubert "H-Bomb" Crawford and his uncle, Hank Crawford, a well known saxophonist. Hubert Crawford played with many notable acts, including James Brown, The Bar-Kays, The Eric Gales Band, Mark Farner of "Grand Funk Railroad", and Ann Peebles. Hank Crawford played with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Grant Green, Lou Rawls, and Etta James, among others.
Anthony Crawford was considered a musical prodigy. At the age of 14 he sat in with the Bette Midler band. He later honed his talent while performing with a variety of Memphis community choirs and churches.
After being discovered by several notable producers, including Angelo Earl, Anthony Crawford was asked to play at the National Democratic Convention for Bill Clinton. The word began to spread and in 2002 he appeared in a Burger King commercial with basketball icon, Shaquille O'Neal. This eventually led to him playing with well-known pop vocalist, Justin Timberlake.
Anthony began serving as a bassist in the legendary R&B group Shalamar in 2004. Shortly after, he performed on tours and a DVD release with Shalamar front-man Howard Hewett.
Crawford worked with saxophonist, Kirk Whalum and the pair donated their talents to create the soundtrack for a documentary film with Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and Bill Clinton which was called Miss HIV, filmed in Toronto, Canada and in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Anthony relocated from Memphis to Los Angeles, and began to widely proliferate on the LA scene. In 2010 he released his debut solo album, "Urban Jazz".
In December 2010, Crawford joined Virgil Donati's group for their upcoming tour.