Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters (born on October 10, 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a female dance\pop singer & songwriter.

Crystal lived in New Jersey, but soon moved to Washington, DC to study computer science at Howard University.

After graduating, Crystal worked as a computer technician at the Washington, DC parole board. Crystal took her demo tape of "Gypsy Woman" to a music business forum which attracted the attention of a group of club disc jockeys.
In 1991, Crystal released her first album, "Surprise" which peaked at #197 on the Billboard 200, #65 on Billboard's R&B albums chart, and #23 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart.
Her first single, "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" became her biggest hit to date, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play and Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song was also successful in the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, and Australia. It was nominated for an American Music Award for "Favorite Single" in the dance music category.

The song was even parodied on the skit show, "In Living Color" and a year after the single's release, a new version of the song appeared on the "Red Hot + Dance" AIDS fundraiser disc.
The second single from the album, "Makin' Happy" topped the Billboard dance charts, making it Crystal's second #1 dance hit. The song also peaked at #63 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The last single from the album, "Surprise" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #35 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart. Crystal earned an American Music Award nomination for "Favorite Artist" in the dance music category.
In 1993, Crystal released the single, "You Turn Me On" which was featured on the "Encino Man" movie soundtrack. The song failed to chart in the US or internationally.
In 1994, Crystal released her second album, "Storyteller" which peaked at #199 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Billboard's Heatseekers albums chart, and #73 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
The first single from the album, "100% Pure Love" became another hit for Crystal, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #10 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

"100% Pure Love" became one of the longest charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Crystal the 1994 Billboard Music Award for "Top-Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single" along with nominations for "Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist," "Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Single Sales for "100% Pure Love," and "Top Hot Dance Music Club Play Artist."

The song's music video was also nominated for "Best Dance Video" at the 1995 MTV Music Awards.
The second single from the album, "What I Need" peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100, #31 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The third single, "Ghetto Day" (which is on a double "A"-side on the "What I Need" single) didn't chart in the US, but managed to peaked at #40 on the UK Singles chart.
The last single from the album, "Relax" peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1996, Crystal released the single, "In De Ghetto" which peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #40 on the UK Singles chart.
In 1997, Crystal released her third self-titled album which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The first single, "Say....If You Feel Alright" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #52 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, #4 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
The last single from the album, "Just a Freak" peaked at #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart. In 1998, Crystal wrote & sang the single, "Right and Exact" under the alias "Chrissy Ward."
In 2001, Crystal released the single, "Come on Down" which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, making it yet another #1 dance hit for her.
Crystal continued her status as a successful dance musician, releasing more singles during 2001 and 2003. Her 2003 single "My Time" topped the dance charts and was successful in the UK and Australia.
In 2004, Crystal was featured on Alex Gaudino's song, "Destination Calabria" which topped the dance charts and when it was re-released in 2007, the song was successful in the UK, Australia, and went 5x Platinum in Spain.

In 2007, Crystal went on a world tour, selling out shows in the UK, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Dubai, Egypt, and other countries.
In May 2008, Crystal released the single, "Dancefloor" which peaked at #9 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.
Recently, Crystal released her latest single, "Never Enough" in 2009, which peaked at #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart.

To see Crystal's official website, go to:
http://www.theoneandonlycrystalwaters.com

To see Crystal's MySpace page, go to:
www.myspace.com/theonlycrystalwaters

To see the music video for "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KztNIg4cvE

To see the music video for "100% Pure Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQX2q6WCrbE

To see the music video for "What I Need," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBvms4x_TTY

To see the music video for "Ghetto Day," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrNkKVTWaNA

To see the music video for "Relax," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZI0lYZnRGw

To see the music video for "Makin' Happy," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJAQ1Ogng_s

To see the music video for "Destination Calabria," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWFao9N7iDU

To see the music video for "Just a Freak," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryg6M5dW-S8

To see the music video for "My Time," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNbt5vYvW5E

To see a fan-made video for "Come on Down," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sbz7MLKomo

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