Memphis, Tennessee, the influence of music was very prevalent in Wydell's
household and in the city itself.
At the age
of 10 Wydell was anointed with Holy oil by his pastor to play the piano,
because the church was without a musician. Not long after that he began
playing, under the unction of the Holy Spirit, by ear. At the age of 17 he
formed the North Memphis Community Choir, a community choir comprised of his
fellow high school students who ministered in song in the Memphis
| Upon graduating from high school, Wydell attended Howard
University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a
major in Business Administration/Management. While attending Howard, he
composed and played for the Howard Gospel Choir's 25th Anniversary/Live
For 22 years the
Lord has blessed Wydell to write music and play keyboard instruments by ear.
His musical endeavors have included working with various renowned artists and
recording projects, including the Gospel Music Workshop of America - Live
(1991, Salt Lake City, Utah and 1996, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and The GMWA
Male Chorus - Live (1996), Douglas Miller, Richard Smallwood, Reverend Daryl
Coley, Yolanda Adams, Dorothy Norwood, Denise Tichenor, Lorraine Stancil,
Calvin Bernard Rhone, Reverend Donald Vails, Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Margaret J.
Douroux, Donald Lawrence, and Melba Moore. He has also performed with the
Community Association for Choirs and the National Symphony Orchestra at the
Kennedy Center, as well as the Men and Women of the Gospel Concert sponsored by
the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Minister Croom's talents have also opened doors for him to travel,
perform and record internationally. He recorded with the Christus Zentrum Arche
Gospel Choir - Live, the Joyful Gospel and the Tostedt Community Gospel Choir
(1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, Hamburg, Germany). In June of 1999, he traveled to
Paris for a music missions concert tour. In March 2001, he traveled with a
group of ministers and missionaries to the Philippines to lead worship,
minister and encourage pastors and missionaries.
It has been within the
last few years that God has moved Wydell closer to his passion for doing music
ministry full-time. The most recent move in that direction was the opportunity
to study music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston,
Massachusetts where he finished with a dual degree in Music Business/Management
and Music Production & Engineering. After that he served as the Minister of
Music & Arts at Dorchester Temple Baptist Church in Boston.
continued fulfillment of God's promise in his life, Minister Croom has just
released his first solo CD entitled Seasons, which he dedicated to his musical
mentor and dear friend, the late "Maestro", Minister Thomas A. Whitfield. The
CD contains a soothing blend of instrumental gospel songs that are guaranteed
to take you to a place of serenity.
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