On her debut EP for Adam Levine’s 222 Records, Crane artfully skips between pop, R&B, alternative, and hip-hop, crafting a sassy, sexy, and soulful sound of her own. There’s nobody quite like her…
The San Francisco-born, Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter immersed herself in music growing up, obsessing over influences as wide-ranging as Lauryn Hill and Outkast and Destiny’s Child and Amy Winehouse. Things got very serious when she entered the University of Southern California’s Popular Music School though. Barely finished with her first year, she landed gigs as a background vocalist for The Eagles’ Don Henley and Brazilian legend Sergio Mendes, touring the United States, Europe, and Japan. At the same time, she performed constantly on her own, opening for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kreayshawn, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Anthony Hamilton, Theophilus London, and more.
In between a tireless touring and class schedule, Crane attracted the attention of Los Angeles songwriters Jacques Brautbar and Sam Farrar, formerly of Phantom Planet. Soon after, she began co-writing with them, as well as penning her own material. One of her original songs even figured prominently in Lifetime Television’s second most-watched film ever, Sins of a Mother, receiving praise from the New York Post and other taste makers.
Around the same time, consistently impressed by Crane, Farrar forwarded a YouTube video of her to Levine. His reaction wasn’t simply positive. He decided to launch 222 Records with her as the first signing. Her EP is the first milestone on that “next level.” The first single “Crazy Ass Bitch,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, rolls from a sun-soaked acoustic guitar into a clever and catchy chorus punctuated by Motown swagger and hip-hop attitude. It turns the “clingy girlfriend” stereotype on its head. Elsewhere, “You Don’t,” produced by Malay [Frank Ocean], is a confessional slice of 21st century soul, highlighting her immense vocal prowess. As a whole, the collection shows every side of this dynamic and diverse songstress.
The world has already been introduced to a few of those sides. In 2013, Crane hit the road as a featured performer on Maroon 5′s Overexposed World Tour, sharing the stage with the group for two songs in prestigious venues such as Madison Square Garden. She also dueted with the band on “Come Away To the Water,” their contribution to The Hunger Games soundtrack. Meanwhile, she’s served as the face for advertising campaigns from both BCBGeneration and Gap.