about

noreen crayton

Noreen Crayton

This native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn, hailing from North Babylon, NY is an alumnae of Oberlin College, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York City's Pace University and has studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

She is a voting member of The Recording Academy (The Grammys) and The Gospel Music Association (The Dove Awards), a member of The Actor's Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actor's Guild, (SAG-AFTRA), The Associated Musicians of Greater New York (AFM - Local 802) and The National Association For Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC).  She's also Producing Artistic Director, General Manager & Founder of Angelic Star Records Entertainment Unlimited (ASREU).  

She's a vocalist, songwriter, recording artist and producer with 4 solo albums to her credit.  She's traveled extensively, backing up artists like Lane McCray and the late Melanie Thornton of the dance duo LA BOUCHE, Kim Sanders and CULTURE BEAT, Colin Rich, Phylliss McCoy Joubert, the late Bob Singleton, Charlie Creath, Melody Gardot and Minnie Dee. 

In the studio, Noreen arranged vocals and co-wrote the lead single, 'UP TO ZION,' from Ronnie Milsap's Dove Award Nominated album, "THEN SINGS MY SOUL," with Gregory James Tornquist produced by Grammy Nominee, Rob Galbraith.

Most recently seen on television's GOTHAM,  her single release, 'I’M A MIRACLE' written by Bishop Kenneth Curry and produced by Ben Steifel is in rotation on gospel radio and available with the rest of her releases on iTunes/Amazon & elsewhere.

Her theater credits include; the National Touring Company of RENT,  the Goodspeed & Arena Stage productions of ABYSSINNIA, A NEW YORK LAMENTATION, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, FOR COLORED GIRLS..., PIPPIN, the blues musical, A NEW PAIN & the Off Broadway, National and European Tours of MAMA I WANT TO SING. 

As a producer, through ASREU, Noreen is Lead Producer of Mississippi The Musical, written by Gregory James Tornquist, presented at The New York Musical Theater Festival in the Summer of 2019.  Other projects in development are the 1970s comedic play, ANOTHER ONE GONE, and her fifth studio album, HEAVEN BOUND.

Notable Awards & Recognition Received:

·         The 9th Annual Independent Music Award for best gospel song, WALKING IN THE FAITH

·         The late Chantal Legros recognized Noreen with The Legros Cultural Arts’ 2010 Vocalist of the Year Award

·         Billboard World Music Honorable Mention as songwriter of the Gospel song THERE'S NOBODY LIKE JESUS

·         The Lead single, UP TO ZION co-written with Gregory James Tornquist from the Dove Award nominated album THEN SINGS MY SOUL released by music legend Ronnie Milsap 

A proud resident of Harlem for almost 30 years, Noreen thanks her family for all of their love and support throughout her lifetime pursuit of excellence in the arts because, her most fervent prayer is that the artistic experiences she has been able to create will uplift, inspire and encourage others....particularly to those who have ignored or stifled their own dreams so that they can find their way back to themselves.