Born Tyran Darnell McCrae in Bronx New York to an African American mother and an Antiguan, Immigrant father, he is the first born and only son of two children. Named after the musician Tiran Porter of the extremely popular and successful R&B group, The Doobie Brothers, T McCrae was destined to be a music entertainer. At the very young age of three years old, he began performing before family members and friends, “Shimmy and Shaking” his pelvis and midsection in the middle of the living room floor to his family member’s and friends’, amazement, delight and praise. At the age of eight, while on a family cruise, he jumped front and center stage and began singing a Stevie Wonder song before a cruise ship audience. By Junior high school, T McCrae began singing in plays and performing singing solos at Roberto Clemente Junior high school in Bronx New York, where he received his first Talent Show award. And although life growing up in the tough neighborhoods of the Bronx was a definite struggle, T McCrae’s bashful nature and strong love and passion for music, always kept him grounded and out of trouble.
At only 12 years old, T McCrae wrote his first song, titled “I Read Your Mind”, and from then on, he continued to write dozens of songs including a song he wrote titled “We Know You’re Soaring” for his late grandmother, who died in 1992 of kidney failure complications. He shared a very close relationship with his departed grandmother, a woman of strong faith who revealed to him before she passed away that she saw that he had a special “gift” for music. During his high school years, T McCrae continued to keep his eyes set on his goal of becoming a professional singer-songwriter by continuing to write songs and learning to play guitar and began performing with his high school chorus, the “Talent Unlimited Chorus”, in which, they performed at prestigious local events for politicians such as former senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former governor Mario Cuomo and former president Bill Clinton. Due to T McCrae’s somewhat shy nature, he kept a low profile during his high school years, shying away from the “popular” crowds, however, he was undeniably one of the more musically inclined and talented students at his high school and because of that, he was often placed front and center at school concerts and performances. Right out of high school, T McCrae began his semiprofessional performing career, performing at local venues in and around the New York City area.
Although he wasn’t getting paid to perform his talents, he gained much experience and learned to perfect his craft and performing skills. In 2011, to his delight and surprise, T McCrae garnered a nationally recognized music award nomination, the OMA music awards nomination in the Best R&B song category for his 2010 single release, “Human Beings”.
Although the single received mixed reviews from critiques, the nomination provided T McCrae the much deserved and needed attention from music executives and primarily internet based media, such as online magazines, webzines and internet based radio stations. The music award nomination also gave him a new outlook, clearer focus and determination, realizing it was time to step up the bar and take his career to the next level, T McCrae began investing in better production of his releases, only having his recordings engineered, mixed and mastered at top notch New York recording studios and music mastering companies.