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Crystal Lynn Lewis (born September 11, 1969) is an American contemporary Christian and gospel vocalist, songwriter, and author.

Crystal Lewis
Birth nameCrystal Lynn Lewis
Also known asCrystal Lewis Ray
Born (1969-09-11) September 11, 1969 (age 49)
Corona, California, U.S.
GenresContemporary Christian, gospel
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, author
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1986–present
LabelsFrontline, Metro 1 Music, Myrrh, Interscope
Associated actsWild Blue Yonder, The Screamin' Rays, The Lifters
Websitewww.crystallewis.com

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BiographyEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Corona, California, Lewis grew up singing in her father's church.[1][2] In 1984, at age 15, she auditioned for a children's musical called Hi Tops, written and produced by Ernie and Debbie Rettino, creators of Psalty, the Singing Song Book. Lewis passed the audition, and was able to go into the studio and participate in the soundtrack recording, with the rest of the cast members.[citation needed] While working with the musical, Lewis met a member of the rockabilly band, The Lifters. After becoming friends with the band members, Lewis was asked to join. Soon after, the band changed its name to Wild Blue Yonder.[citation needed] In 1992, Crystal worked in the sketch comedy television series Roundhouse, that aired on Nickelodeon.[3]

Wild Blue Yonder was together for two years, and recorded a single full-length album Wild Blue Yonder, produced by Daniel Amos frontman Terry Scott Taylor, for Frontline Records in 1986. Lewis would also sing on D.A.'s album Fearful Symmetry in 1986, and Taylor's solo album A Briefing for the Ascent in 1987. After Wild Blue Yonder disbanded, Frontline offered Lewis a solo recording contract at the age of 17. Beyond the Charade, her first solo project, was released in 1987.

Personal lifeEdit

Lewis previously lived in Montana with then-husband Brian Ray, with whom she has two children, who were homeschooled.[2] Lewis and Ray divorced after 28 years of marriage, and she now lives in California.[4] Her daughter, Isabella (Izzi Ray), is also a singer/songwriter, and released her self-titled debut album on February 12, 2012, followed by her remixes EP on October 22, 2013.[citation needed] Her son Solomon is also pursuing a career in music, having produced his mother's 2011 release Plain and Simple.[citation needed]

DiscographyEdit

  • Beyond the Charade (1987)
  • Joy (1988)
  • Let Love In (1990)
  • Remember (1991)
  • Recuerda (Spanish version of Remember) (1991)
  • The Bride (1993)
  • La Esposa (Spanish version of The Bride) (1994)
  • Hymns: My Life (1995)
  • Himnos De Mi Vida (Spanish version of Hymns: My Life) (1995)
  • Beauty for Ashes (1996)
  • La Belleza De La Cruz (Spanish version of Beauty for Ashes) (1996)
  • Gold (1998)
  • Oro (Spanish version of Gold) (1998)
  • Live At The Woodlands (1999)
  • Fearless (2000)
  • Holiday! a Collection of Christmas Classics (2000)
  • Holy, Holy, Holy (2002)
  • Santo, Santo, Santo (Spanish version of Holy, Holy, Holy) (2002)
  • See (2005)
  • Joyful Noise (Songs for Kids!) (2006)
  • Home for the Holidays (2010)
  • Plain and Simple (2011)
  • Crystal Lewis (2015)
  • Suéltalo (Spanish version of her eponymous album, Crystal Lewis) (2017)
  • Rhapsody (2019)

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Hi-Tops Lily from the Valley
2005 The 7th Commandment Lil Regina Short film
2010 The Wylds The Gatekeeper
2013 Treasure State Joan Hogue
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Colby's Clubhouse N/A Episode: "Crystal Is a Guest"
1992 Roundhouse Various 13 episodes
2015 Praise the Lord Herself / Performer Episodes: "Episode dated 1 April 2015" and "Episode dated 17 September 2015"

Awards and nominationsEdit

GMA Dove AwardsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result
1998 Female Vocalist of the Year Won
Spanish Language Album of the Year La Belleza de la Cruz Won
1999 Female Vocalist of the Year Nominated
Spanish Language Album of the Year Oro (tie with Sandi Patty) Won
Special Event Album of the Year Exodus (shared with dcTalk, Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Cindy Morgan, Chris Rice, The Katinas, Third Day, Michael W. Smith) Won
2017 Song of the Year "Even If" (shared with Bart Millard, Ben Glover, David Garcia, Tim Timmons)[5] Nominated
Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year "Even If"[5] Nominated

OthersEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
1993 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show Roundhouse (shared with cast) Won
1999 Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single – Male "Lean on Me" (as featured artist) Nominated
Grammy Awards Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
2001 Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album "Fearless" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CrystalLewis.com: Autobiography". metro one inc. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Crystal Lewis: Priority And Payoff". CCM.
  3. ^ "bio". crystal lewis. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Life After Divorce ft. Crystal Lewis - Dinner Conversations". Dinner Conversations with Mark Lowry and Andrew Greer via YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Dove Awards 2017 nominees".

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