Music runs in Alicia Crawford’s family. Her dad, the legendary Top 40 radio personality Mason Dixon, took her to the studio often, and introduced her to hundreds of famous recording artists over the years. So it is no great surprise that Alicia chose the career path of professional musician at an early age.
By the time she was 14, Alicia’s band Corban was opening for the Doobie Brothers, The Nelsons, Debbie Gibson and The Backstreet Boys. Nashville producer Cliff Downs (Wynona Judd, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks) recorded an EP with the band, but the project fizzled. In 1997, Alicia joined popular regional act Sister Sara, whose buzz led to opening slots for Jars of Clay, Michael Smith, Billy Mann and N Sync. Again Cliff Downs recorded the band, and received interest from many labels including Reunion and Benson, but the band broke up in 1999 before a deal was signed.
Alicia continued playing in the Christian music arena, joining the Daniel B. Marshall Band in 2000. DBMB toured regionally in Florida, and did several concerts with area Christian radio stations, receiving significant airplay on Tampa Bay’s Joy FM and Spirit FM. DBMB’s high energy stage shows led to a couple of big opening slots for Jars of Clay.
In the summer of 2002, an opportunity opened up for Alicia with longtime friend Nick Carter who asked her to fly to L.A. to audition for his solo tour. Taking a break from the chart-topping Backstreet Boys, Carter was getting ready to release his own solo album, and wanted to create his own band for the MTV Video and world promotional tour and he asked Alicia for her help. The Nick Carter tour took her to England, Germany, The Netherlands and Japan to perform on television shows including Top of the Pops in Europe, The Tonight Show, The View , MTV’s Total Request Live, The Wayne Brady Show, and Regis & Kelly here in the U.S. Alicia’s irrepressible personality and energetic stage presence shine in the MTV Video for Carter’s single “Help Me”, as well as in MTV’s Making The Video feature.
Over the years since the Nick Carter tour, Alicia has played for numerous local Tampa musicians as well as picked up gigs leading worship at several churches whether it be bass, guitar or vocals. In 2008, Tampa natives and international recording artist Trans-Siberian Orchestra asked Alicia to play bass on a track for their upcoming double album. In October of 2009, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released their new album Night Castle and Alicia’s bass work is featured on the track “Tracers”. Additionally, Alicia has begun writing and performing her own original music. 2023 will see her hit the studio and begin work on her very first album of original music.