Saturday, August 28, 2010

CRYSTAL JOHNSON (Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress) - BIOGRAPHY

This multi-talented artist hails from Brooklyn, New York. Her musical career is rooted in the church where she developed her rich, soulful and intricate vocal abilities. Her formative years as a child were influenced by the musical prowess of her family where she was always in the mix of the entertainment industry and some of her mentors were the best musicians of all time.

At the age of seven Crystal had the opportunity to record with Pink Floyd. She was a member of the award winning Institutional Children’s Choir, on her way to becoming a successful musician. As a backstage baby, Crystal experienced early through the rigorous process of the recording studio and a performers life, while watching her parents and uncle collaborate artistically with such renowned artists as Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Lonnie Smith, James Cleveland, Edwin Hawkins and Brook Benton, to name a few. Singing with cousin and gospel great Daryl Coley, Crystal was musically nurtured by way of family tutelage, which served as a template that helped shape her extraordinary talents. At age 11, she landed the original lead role of "Doris Winter" in the smash hit and gospel classic, "Mama I Want To Sing". Soon after she performed in the much acclaimed opera, "Porgy and Bess", a Shakespeare In The Park Production with the Lincoln Philharmonic Orchestra, starring Theresa Merritt. Crystal then made her debut at the Lunt-Fontainne Theatre on Broadway, in the original production of "Gospel at Colonus" starring Morgan Freeman.

Crystal has endured many triumphs throughout her musical career and her incredible talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, vocal coach and entrepreneur have served her well. She has worked with the likes of Usher Raymond, Anthony Hamilton, Patti LaBelle and Dead Prez. Crystal has also appeared on the soundtrack "Who’s The Man" performing self written/produced "Lovin You", with Mobb Deep (Loud Records) featured on "Temperature’s Rising" and "Survival of the Fittest", and with Pete Rock and CL Smooth (Elektra Records) featured on "I’ll Take You There". Crystal has collaborated with Dr. Dre (Aftermath/Interscope) on his multi-platinum "Chronic 2001" project co-writing "The Message", a composition that features Mary J. Blige and Rell. Crystal has collaborated with Angie Stone, creating the smash hit "Cinderella Ballin" available on Angie Stone’s, "Stone Love"/J Records. Crystal Johnson has certainly proven herself the consummate music professional.

The Day Before Heaven, Crystal’s Forthcoming CD is a statement of Crystal’s artistic and female independence. . . A diary of her love woes and triumphs. You will identify with Crystal’s persona. You instantly feel her spirit and positive energy move you as you listen to her angelic voice on this fantastic compilation of music. "By The Time" and "The Day Before Heaven", both self-produced by Crystal are promised classics. "Forbidden Love Affair", co-produced by Crystal and produced by the great Mike City, has a funky yet sensual groove. It’s mystical sound of cutting edge soul is especially enticing.

E Fusion Music, her entertainment company perfectly describes Crystal’s vibe. Her style is inspired by world music. She blends the music of various cultures to create her unique style of R&B, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. "My music is from my soul. . .. . .a story of my triumphs and pains. Taking elements, putting them all together and making one thing fantastic is greatness" quotes Crystal.

"The Day Before Heaven", her forthcoming CD, produced by Crystal Johnson, Dinky Bingham, Mike City, (to name a few) is slated for release in 2010. The highlighted single that introduces Crystal will make you dance, sing and laugh all at the same time. Influenced by Stevie Wonder, the sexy single, "By The Time" will take you back to the "Good ole’ Days". This track perfectly demonstrates Crystal’s vocal versatility. Her dynamic voice is filled with passion as she sings about reuniting with her long-distant love interest

A warrior of personal achievement, Crystal Johnson marches forward with great faith and tenacity to fulfill her destiny. When she is not on the road producing and writing for artists, you can find Crystal composing music in her home studio. She finds renewed strength as a single mother. She takes pleasure in cooking and entertaining for family and friends. Crystal is known amongst her friends as the Brooklyn-Chick with ‘Urban Socialite Appeal’!

Crystal is representing for the ‘grown and sexy’ women. Her sophisticated presence, beguiling charm, and exceptional talent have earned her much praise and well deserved respect in the entertainment world, the kind that will give her continued staying power. She is, and will remain one of the most esteemed women in the industry.