Crystal moved to Chicago, IL as a teenager, where she spent her days performing underground on subway platforms between working odd jobs. While in Chicago, she broadened her musical horizons and shared her talents in a variety of venues, ultimately auditioning for the ninth season of American Idol. Crystal’s time on the show in 2010 proved to be well spent, as she immediately left the the soundstage for the recording studio. Additionally, she has used her talents to benefit several causes close to her heart, and has become an advocate and inspiration for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Crystal draws upon her various influences — across folk-pop, classic rock, soul, blues and country — to make the kind of music that resonates with her spirit. It is both tender and tough, rough yet polished, and encompasses many genres without falling neatly into one. As one of her songwriting partners described it, Crystal has “a voice like dirt and diamonds.” Her mission is to bring a positive message of love and light to the world.