Traversing the worlds of gospel and secular music, multi-talented Howard McCrary has built a solid reputation as an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and musician whose resume includes some of the most prestigious and important artists in contemporary music. Howard McCrary brings a mix of artistry, enthusiasm, skill and positive energy to each and every project.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Howard grew up in a decidedly musical atmosphere. One of ten siblings, Howard became a part of the family group known as The McCrarys with two of his brothers and two of his sisters. The team’s initial work was in the gospel field. In the early 1970s, the group performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, recording one album Sunshine Day for Light Records.
In 1974, when the family decided to move from gospel to secular music, Howard decided to step out on his own, exploring his talents as a writer, arranger and accompanist. He co-produced the album So Good and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Gospel Performance, Male” for that record. During the late 1980s, Howard traveled the world intermittently with different evangelists; in 1987, he was given ASCAP’s Duke Ellington Award for most promising writer in gospel music and was commissioned to write the piece Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
As both an entrepreneur, vocal coach and masterful musician, Howard McCrary has much to celebrate as he continues to find new ways to express his boundless artistry and make a contribution of love, compassion and goodwill to the world through his music.
八十年代末至九十年代初，麥格尼的工作更見豐富：他在昆西鍾斯暢銷專輯《Back On the Block》擔任和音，也為米高積遜1992年的熱賣大碟《Dangerous》之中《Keep The Faith》一曲編寫合唱和音。1993年他開始為Chaka Khan擔任鍵盤手及音樂總監。之後，他與奧斯卡得主漢斯森瑪合作，在電影《情繫我心》配樂中演唱。麥格尼也參與了偶像歌手珍妮花露芺希域及 R&B 組合 Changing Faces 的唱片製作。他也曾與傳奇歌唱導師薛夫尼克斯共事三年。