I am the daughter of a baptist preacher (Dad) and Painter (Mom). My brother is a songwriter. My son also writes/ performs. I come from a long line of ministers, musicians and artists. I started performing at the age of 6- my Mom put me in a church based poetry class where I learned about Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, etc. I've performed on the same stage as Nikki Giovanni, Yolanda Adams, Dead Prez, Saul Williams, Nona Hendryx, Ruby Dee, Jean Baylor, and Sonia Sanchez. My work has appeared in VIBE Magazine, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Magazine, Local Buzz Magazine and several online publications. I have released three cds- Bee's Are Admired, Easybreezybeautifulcoloredgirl, and MOJO. My fourth CD (not) Just a Girl will be released this winter. I am now a full-time college student. So please pray for me!
Bio: In the early 1980’s, when most children living in Upper East Tennessee were huddled around Atari game systems and playing with Strawberry Shortcake dolls, 7 year old Crystal Senter Brown was sitting in a church basement, learning how to write and perform poetry and spoken word. By age 8, Crystal was sought out to travel to nearby events to sing and perform poetry from legends such as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. Through the years Crystal has received several Massachusetts Artists grants, has been nominated for awards such as Spoken Word Artist of the Year (Urban Music Awards) and Singer/ Songwriter of the Year (Valley Advocate.) Crystal’s song “In the Dark” received honorable mention from the Billboard Music Song Awards and in 2006, Crystal was named as a Peacedriven Songwriter (Crystal’s song “Large and Lovely” placed in the top 40 out of thousands of entries.) Crystal’s music can be heard across the U.S. and abroad on commercial and college radio stations, as well as on many podcasts such as “Rockin Mom’s”
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Partial listing of Performances/ Readings American Cancer Society's We Can Weekend retreat for cancer patients American International College Amherst College Apollo Theatre (audition) Artist Corner Barnes and Noble (Book release/signing) Baypath College Berklee School of Music Cadavez (DC) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Valentines Day event Dunamis Cafe Duggan Middle School Elms College Florence Poetry Slam (Winner) Gumbolive Gerena School Girl Scouts Camp Bonnie Brae Hampshire College Holyoke Public Library Inda Streetz Magazine Release Party Jesters Cafe Jimmy's Uptown Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Eastern Province Conference Ladyfest East (NYC) Large in Charge Radio Mercy Medical Center Cancer Survivor Day Mercy Medical Center Christmas Tree Lighting NABFEME Tribute to Nona Hendrix- Charlotte, NC NABFEME Music Conference, Toronto, ON Nuyorican Cafe Odyssey Books Olive Tree Books One Hundred Ladies in Red Organix Soul Pioneer Valley Girl Scouts Camp Bonnie Brae SayWord TV Springfield Technical Community College Starving for Art Open Mic Toads Place University of Massachusetts Vansickle Middle School Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam Wadsworth Musuem Westfield State Poetry Slam (Winner) WEIB 106.3 FM WFCR 88.9 FM WTCC 90.7 FM
Your musical influences
Prince, Tweet, Raheem Devaughn, Algebra Blessett, John Legend, Aarahdna, Jason Mraz, Ingrid Michelson, Michael Jackson, Hannah Bingman, Ndambi, Jill Scott, The Roots, The Foreign Exchange, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Sting, Simply Red, Christopher Cross, Robin Thicke, Amy Winehouse, Herbie Hancock, Dolly Parton, D'Angelou, Cee Cee Winans, Yolanda Adams, Rick Ross, The Isley Brothers.
What equipment do you use?
My voice. Lungs. Mouth. Brain. Hips. Cleavage. Pretty toes. Thick legs. Southern accent.