McCrei were formed in 2012, when the two sisters, Leanne and Shannon McCrei began sharing their life experiences through song writing and started gigging on the Camden acoustic circuit. Fast forward three years and the sisters have performed at over 250 gigs including the O2 Academy, The Hope, The Cavern, Distillers, Rochester Castle and various other venues throughout England .
In 2014 the record producer Alan Glass (whose credits include Aretha Franklin, Misteeq and The Lighthouse Family) discovered McCrei on social media and requested to co write with the girls. McCrei wrote four songs to Alan's beats including the song 'I'm Missing You' which is featured on the film 'Last Round', for which McCrei performed in April at the premier in London.
In January 2015 the record label Disco Soul Gold Music (DSG Music) heard McCrei's music being played on a radio show and approached McCrei resulting in Show Me being released as a single through DSG on the 8th June. The song has also been remixed by Nigel Lowis (production credits include Dinah Carroll, Eternal, Take That) and as of the 12th July 2015, Show Me is currently at Number 2 in the UK Soul Charts. McCrei's second single release of 2015 is planned for September and features the same production team as Show Me.
Inspired by an introduction into traditional Soul, Disco and Funk, their music takes some direction while staying true to their signature style. McCrei's musical influences include James Brown, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Joss Stone and Aretha Franklin.
In December 2014, Leanne and Shannon were introduced to an experienced musician trio consisting of Tom O.Mitchell, Charlotte Whiting and Neil Cornwell who have since become McCrei's backing band for live shows.
"Show Me is one of the best UK productions around at the moment." Peter Young - Jazz FM
“Amazing amazing voice!!!!” Kimberly James – CBM Records
"I hope people know how good you are!" Alan Glass - Record Producer
"Such great talented young ladies. Ivory Soul at it's best." DSG Music
"Really powerful vocals girls, really like the voices..........a lot!" Wet Wet Wet's Graeme Clark
"Absolutely blown away by the new music from McCrei"Jude Bumby - Tour Manager
"London may be the epicentre of U.K. politics for now but its music contribution to the four countries has been woefully short over the last 20 years, McCrei have injected some much needed attention to that lack of serious involvement. One to watch out for in the coming 12 months!" Ian D.Hall Liverpool Sound and Vision
"What a voice - so strong! And that's what you need to be on the radio and have hits, they deserve it" David Bash - International Pop Overthrow Festival at The Cavern in Liverpool