Multi-Platinum Singer • Songwriter • Producer
“One of the most influential women of Dance Music” -mixmag
When you hear the name Crystal Waters, you immediately think of a woman whose talent and brand has sustained her 30-year career, yet the span of her work continues to engage new fans and please her enormous base. In fact, this pioneer, innovator and dance music legend was also named by Billboard Magazine as “one of the most successful Dance Music Artists in the history of the Billboard Dance Music Chart.”
Crystal is best known for her string of domestic and international number one dance hits in the 1990's, including her 1991 signature smash, "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)", which garnered her 3 American Music Award nominations and made her an international sensation. "Gypsy Woman" became a #1 global smash because of its socially-conscious lyrics and 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, residing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a whopping 48 weeks.
Along with her 3 American Music Award nominations, she went on to win 6 ASCAP Songwriter Awards, on MTV Video Music Award nod and 4 Billboard Music Awards, which she won for the Top-Sellin Hot Dance Music Club Play Single.
Crystal’s impressive 13 #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits and 11 Top 10 songs have resulted in well over 100 million streams on Spotify, YouTube, and 2.12 million followers on Shazam at the very least.
Adding to her musical accolades, she had another #1 hit in Europe in 2009, with Alex Gaudino called "Destination Calabria," it achieved the #1 Pop Chart status in over 40 countries around the world. Later, her single "Testify" with UK producer Hi-Fi Sean was in top rotation on BBC Radio 2, a song that to date, she still gets asked to perform.
Yet another #1 club hit was in 2018 with “I Am House,” produced by Sted-E & Hybrid Heights and released on Kenny Dope’s Dopewax Records, with Kenny being a 4x Grammy nominee himself. This would bring her overall tally of hits to 16 #1’s and Top 10 singles in over 15 countries to date.
In 2021, a feature on RuPaul's Drag Race drove Crystal's '100% Pure Love' to re-enter the Top
10 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Sales Chart. With millions of new streams, and the decision
to make it the year’s official anthem of NYC Pride, it ignited Universal Music to re-release the
song with brand new remixes.
Her recent release “Party People” with Dj Spen and remix by Michael Grey garnered major support from the likes of BBC Radio One, Nexus Radio, Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Low-Steppa and many others. With her studio work in constant flow, Crystal is on deck to work with some renowned producers on more amazing new upcoming releases.
There’s more to this world-renowned artist than just releasing music. Since the start of her career, Crystal has been a staunch advocate for LBGTQ Rights and AIDS research. She was also involved in the creation of the Soundexchange Bill passed by the US Congress in 2008. (Soundexchange collects and distributes digital performance royalties for recording artists) and was invited to the White House along with several other artists for their efforts. Crystal also walked the halls of Capitol Hill speaking to Congress several times, advocating for the passage of the Performance Rights Act, which seeks to correct a loophole that allows AM and FM radio broadcasters to not pay performers for their work. She received the Prestigious Howard University Award for Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement, and is listed among the Who's Who of Black America, as singer, songwriter and producer.
In 2019, TV One’s award-winning documentary series “Unsung” featured an episode dedicated to Crystal’s journey, giving us special insight to her extraordinary musical career. Crystal has begun touring once again with the success of her songs "House of Light,” released on her own IAH Records label which landed a Top 10 position in the UK's Music Week Pop Dance Chart and “Never Enough” a track she did with Richie Blacker out on Atlantic Records.
Most recently her single with Soul Central and RobinS hit #1 on the revered House platform, Traxsource and her self-released single with David Anthony and remixed by Todd Terry and Grammy Winner David Morales “2B Luv” hit Top 10 on Music Week’s Club Chart in the UK….and there’s more to come!