Dec 7, 2018

by ASadler


Sometimes you don’t need words to get an idea out, as less is more. Saxophonist Tony Craddock Jr. got our ears and hearts ready for the holidays on today with his new single “Won’t He Do It.” The track, though instrumental, seamlessly blends Hip-Hop, Gospel, and Jazz into a full-on jam that’ll get your grandma up on her feet.

The track is a cover of Koryn Hawthorne‘s original recording, and the songwriter Makeba Woods-Riddick actually encouraged Tony to put his cover out after finding it on Instagram back in September. We can’t think of a better co-sign on a cover than the woman who wrote it.

“Won’t He Do It” had previously topped the Billboard Gospel charts and won a Dove Award, so it was a big step but Craddock met the challenge and took things to a whole new level. The Alexandria, VA talent brought 808s and synths, combined with the holy spirit that moves through record and Tony’s delightful saxophone playing make for quite a sonic experience. It’s three and a half minutes of pure bliss and makes even the most Grinch-like person want to go out caroling.

The branching out into Hip-Hop is especially exciting for Craddock as he’s primarily resided in the realms of Gospel and Jazz. It points to what could be a very prosperous 2019, as he’s already teased the release of another single titled “Sunrise (Remix)” which shall be dedicated to his daughter.

The blessings are coming, but they’ve already poured in tenfold as this year he released his third album H20. The album featured an appearance by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum on “Amazing Grace” and production by the ever so talented Ken Navarro in. His lead single “Living Water” has taken over the airwaves, broadcasting on over 40 radio stations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Poland. Not to mention he headlined Washington D.C.’s premier summer concert series Jazz In The Garden.

You might not be a big fan of jazz now, but we think Tony Craddock’s work could change your mind. Stay tuned for what’s to come in 2019, but first, grab some eggnog and stream “Won’t He Do It” everywhere.