Crosby grew up as the son of a Baptist minister in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Northern Virginia and in a small rural town in Upstate New York. At the age of ten he began piano lessons and soon discovered his affection for the instrument. Growing up in the Baptist community, Crosby’s early influences were gospel music, Christian contemporary music, his father’s country music records and his brother’s Irish folk songs.
Crosby studied piano, composition, music education, voice and piano in Lynchburg, Virginia, Syracuse, New York and in Europe. During his university years Crosby was introduced to the music of George Winston and began studying Winston’s influences of Jazz, R’n’B and stride piano. After leaving university, Crosby spent many years on different record labels as a tour and session pianist while maintaining a strong presence in the classical arts working with ballet and modern dance instructors and choreographers. Today Crosby performs and records under the New Age and Rural Folk Piano genre but his influences of classical and Celtic music along with his roots in Gospel music are very evident to the listener. It is difficult to classify Crosby’s music: Growing up as a son of a Baptist minister in a gospel church, being trained as a classical pianist, having played with and for different musicians and bands of many genres all over the world and influenced by pianists like George Winston, Herbie Hancock and Bruce Hornsby, Crosby developed a very unique style of music which can be located somewhere between Rural Folk Piano, New Age, Classic, Gospel, Blues, Jazz as well as Irish or Celtic music. Crosby’s versatility on the piano captures the attention of his audience. Reviewers as well as audiences say that Crosby manages to tell magical stories with his music and often use the words melancholic, nostalgic or mystical to describe his music.
Crosby’s latest album “November” features a collection of songs mostly inspired by childhood and young adult memories growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Northern Virginia and rural upstate New York. However the album is not just a collection of Crosby’s memories: Many of his songs are not only inspired by memories but transfer an emotion, a mood or a feeling that his audience individually can relate to – having lived through similar situations.