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Daily Inspiration: Meet Tito Crespo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tito Crespo.

Hi Tito, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Tito is the kid from Baltimore and Crespo is the person of the world. My parents are Sandra and Roberto Crespo. I was raised in a dry cleaners in Old Dundalk that they owned. My dad is a work horse and came here from Puerto Cortés, Honduras. My mother is Italian and Lenape Native American. She was born and raised in Baltimore and I’d describe her as a leading Charm City Queen. My parents instilled love, work ethic, and bosshood in me above all. As a kid I worked in the cleaners with my 3 older brothers (Antonio, Shane, and Nicholas), my Uncle Dewie, and miss our seamstress Ms. Angie Mangione. I Also barrel raced horses, I danced at parties, hooped with friends, and dressed how I wanted too. I’ve always had passion for truth, play, and fairness. I joined the Army two weeks after high school and served for 3 years and 17 weeks. I loved to sing cadences in the Army. Cadence somehow transformed a group of upset/exhausted soldiers into a loud, proud, and united Army in just a song or two. About 5 years after the Army I realized that that those cadences served as the introduction to my love for singing. In the midst of those 5 years (starting in 2016) I began modeling. My modeling journey began at Morgan State University in a organization called ABC. After a year + of modeling in Baltimore, NYC, and the DMV, I decided to make performing my career and I move to NYC. While I was creating a name for myself on the modeling scene I started taking vocal lessons with Sara Parr; this was where I found the potential to live my dreams. Modeling (and college) opened me up to artistic level of self expression that I had never known of. Singing multiplied that for me times 11. After getting coaching from Sara for about a year I took on a piano coach so I could learn to sing and play. About six months after that I had a pivotal moment in my modeling career while in Tokyo Japan and I knew it was time to double down in music. Since then I’ve studied under many musical greats such as Craig Derry, Brenda Stokes, Dr. Daniel Ott, and many others. I’ve taken my time to love on music and make a joyous work environment as I earn my chops. Purpose feels like writing and singing music from the soul that enthuses people to live, love, dance, and grow. Family has always been paramount to me. I believe my family are my wisest teachers and I couldn’t be me without them. Tito is the kid from Baltimore and Crespo is the person of the world. My parents are Sandra and Roberto Crespo. I was raised in a dry cleaners in Old Dundalk that they owned. My dad is a work horse and came here from Puerto Cortés, Honduras. My mother is Italian and Lenape Native American. She was born and raised in Baltimore and I’d describe her as a leading Charm City Queen. My parents instilled love, work ethic, and bosshood in me above all. As a kid I worked in the cleaners with my 3 older brothers (Antonio, Shane, and Nicholas), my Uncle Dewie, and miss our seamstress Ms. Angie Mangione. I Also barrel raced horses, I danced at parties, hooped with friends, and dressed how I wanted too. I’ve always had passion for truth, play, and fairness. I joined the Army two weeks after high school and served for 3 years and 17 weeks. I loved to sing cadences in the Army. Cadence somehow transformed a group of upset/exhausted soldiers into a loud, proud, and united Army in just a song or two. About 5 years after the Army I realized that that those cadences served as the introduction to my love for singing. In the midst of those 5 years (starting in 2016) I began modeling. My modeling journey began at Morgan State University in a organization called ABC. After a year + of modeling in Baltimore, NYC, and the DMV, I decided to make performing my career and I move to NYC. While I was creating a name for myself on the modeling scene I started taking vocal lessons with Sara Parr; this was where I found the potential to live my dreams. Modeling (and college) opened me up to artistic level of self expression that I had never known of. Singing multiplied that for me times 11. After getting coaching from Sara for about a year I took on a piano coach so I could learn to sing and play. About six months after that I had a pivotal moment in my modeling career while in Tokyo Japan and I knew it was time to double down in music. Since then I’ve studied under many musical greats such as Craig Derry, Brenda Stokes, Dr. Daniel Ott, and many others. I’ve taken my time to love on music and make a joyous work environment as I earn my chops. Purpose feels like writing and singing music from the soul that enthuses people to live, love, dance, and grow. Family has always been paramount to me. I believe my family are my wisest teachers and I couldn’t be me without them.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Looking back, I count all the lessons as blessings. I learned that the challenges along the way are what made the way my own. I’ve learned that self love and self care must come first. I must learn to love me to really love you. I’ve faced that there comes a time for saying no, changing my mind, and not being attached to any person or opportunity. I’ve noticed there are many shortcuts on this road that lead to misery. I’ve found that I can have any job I want so long as I’m willing to work for it and fail. My best advice is to be authentic, make the journey fun, build a team, have some faith, and love yourself and everyone else along the way.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Currently I’m focused on learning and enjoying my art for the remainder of 2021. In the modeling realm I’m happily signed with We Speak Models and gearing up for another season of New York Fashion Week. I’m also blessed to have wonderful mentors around me such as Paolo Raymundo, Amelia Hennighausen, and Sara Parr. In regards to music I’ve been traveling down to Baltimore on a weekly basis learning recording procedures from my homie Kaywon at Inkwell Studios. The songs I’m writing right now are inspired by my family and life experiences. My music is for all people and my first performance is at the 11.9.ACTS showcase on 9/11/2021 in Baltimore.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love Baltimore, it’s Charm City. There’s not one person in Baltimore who can’t hold a friendly conversation when given the opportunity. I wish more Baltimoreans traveled, studied ego, and could fix all the pot holes lol. To end on a good note, the art that coming out of Baltimore is beautifully raw and abundant; watch out world!

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Image Credits
Antonio Crespo, Lydia Hudgens, and Gabriel Davila-Luciano

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3 Comments

  1. Sandra Crespo

    August 23, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Reading this filled my heart with love & joy. I was smiling the whole time while tears rolled continually down my face. I am truly so proud of the man you are becoming so watch out world the best is yet to come. Thank you for being you. I love you always & forever. Mom

    • Tito Crespo

      February 26, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Love you Ma ❤️

  2. Pereta Rodriguez

    September 9, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful sharing and highlight of a person still 💗 growing, finding themselves and building on what others have to offer. Crespo,shows that everyone, not only professionals have skllis and talent to offer.

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