When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a woman whose talent and brand has sustained her 20-year career, yet the breadth of her work continues to engage new fans and please her enormous base.
She is best known for her string of domestic and international number one dance hits in the 1990s, including her 1991 signature smash, "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)," which garnered her three American Music Award nominations and made her an international sensation. "Gypsy Woman" became a global, number one smash because of its socially- conscious lyrics and its positively infectious hook.
Crystal was firmly embraced by the dance community and in 1994, she again found mainstream success with "100% Pure Love," which became one of the longest charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100, staying on the charts for a whopping 48 weeks. That accomplishment earned Crystal several more award nominations, including an MTV Video Music Award nod and four Billboard Music Awards, which she won for the Top-Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single.
She was born in Camden, New Jersey to a jazz family, right outside of Philadelphia. "My dad had a hit record in the early '60s and appeared on American Bandstand, performing under the name Junior Waters," she recalls. "My uncle Zack Zachery was the lead saxophonist in MSFB; Gamble and Huff were always around." Her entertainer lineage does not stop there. Crystal is the grand-niece of Ethel Waters, the legendary Academy Award nominee (Pinky, 1949) and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.
Teachers and/or influences?
My style is greatly influenced by my father and Ella Fitzgerald