Viral video sensation and college freshman, DeWayne Crocker, Jr. released his debut single, “Never Give Up” today, Friday, February 3, 2017, along with his music video. The original song will be featured on BET’s highly-acclaimed new TV show, “Joyful Noise” hosted by Grammy Award winner Tye Tribbett.
DeWayne, a Pensacola, Florida native, first started singing as a child in church. In 2015, DeWayne was presented with an opportunity to share his God-given talent with a nationwide audience when he was selected for Black Entertainment Television’s “Sunday Best: Race to the Stage” show. He was one of more than 15,000 applicants from across the United States to submit a video to the competition. DeWayne’s soul-stirring rendition of “Precious Lord” garnered him a spot among 10 finalists, based on vocal ability, vocal creativity, stage presence and gospel ministry. After an intense three-week battle between those finalists, hosted on BET.com, DeWayne was crowned winner of the “Sunday Best: Race to the Stage” competition. He made his national television debut on the Sunday Best’s season finale on August 30th, 2015. A viral social media sensation, Crocker has had several viral videos on YouTube and Facebook that have received more than 15 million views.
A born-again Christian, the 20-year-old DeWayne gives all the glory to the Lord and is striving to reach his generation by exemplifying his love of Jesus Christ. “I want other young people to know that your dreams can become reality. You must stay faithful, hear and follow the path that God has laid out for you. It may not be instantaneous but it always happens at the right time,” said DeWayne. “I was always singing at church, at school, at work, in the mall, at Walmart, but I never imagined that I would one day be singing for a nationwide audience and reaching millions of others all over the world. Of course, I hoped and really wanted to record music with a message, but God placed the right people in my path at the right time, and my dream has become a reality.”
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