"Before country was 'cool,' Crystal was 'class'..."
Never has one reviewer captured a platinum clad, Grammy Award winning career so beautifully in so many words.
Crystal encapsulate everything the dazzling qualities of her name imply -- although that name came to her in quite an unusual fashion. "Crystal" was suggested by Brenda Gail Webb's older sister, Loretta Lynn. Knowing there was already a 'Brenda Lee' currently successful in the music industry, Loretta selected the name 'Crystal' for her younger sibling when she began recording.
Once re-named, Crystal's musical boundaries have since been seemingly limitless, as proven by her recent project "All My Tomorrows," a mood influenced collection of American standards. Songs such as "Cry Me a River," "Sentimental Journey," "It Had to Be You," and "Smile" somehow reach the heights their songwriter' must have dreamed of when piped through the beautiful chords of Crystal Gayle. "These are songs any artist loves to sing," said Crystal in a recent interview. "They've endured to become timeless classics."
Strange to think of anyone as young and vibrant as the artist in question as a "timeless classic," but that indeed describes the course Crystal Gayle's career has taken. Her earliest roots in country music led to what was at the time in the industry an unusual turn of events: Crystal's success wave engineered a seamless crossover to mainstream, following the footsteps of Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Ray Price and so many more of her musical heroes and continuing the path for other great artist such as Shania Twain and Faith Hill.
In the late 70's, Crystal was the star of her own hour prime time specials on CBS television - Specials that earned the praise of audience
viewers and critics alike. The years that followed saw Crystal host a concert special on HBO, a Christmas special from Sweden, a variety special taped in Finland. Chic, hip and cool with a romantic mane of hair, Crystal's television specials and myriad guest appearances on specials and talk shows solidified her stardom.
Wile still in school, she signed her first recording contract. Her debut single, "I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes," was written by Loretta and reached the Top 25 on the national country music charts. Three more singles were released over the next three years, all making an impact with radio and listeners. Her first album project began a roll out of smash singles to come. "Wrong Road Again," (her first of many hit singles with producer Allen Reynolds) became her debut Top 10 record. "I'll Get Over You." became her first #1 single. By her fourth album, "We Must Believe in Magic," Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales. Driving the engine of the album was the song that was to become her enduring signature song: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." "Brown Eyes" opened the world's eyes to Crystal Gayle. She became a familiar name in households, grand and small, from Louisville to Leningrad. She swept through tours - and repeat tours - of the U.S Japan, England, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Australia and the Far East.
In the wake, her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA's "Female Vocalist of the Year," for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for "Best Female Vocal Performance," thanks to her beloved "Brown Eyes" - a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their "Top Female Vocalist" statuettes. She is the recipient of three "American Music Awards," voted by the nation as America's "Favorite Female Artist." Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal's career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009.
At home in Nashville when not touring, Crystal continues to make the world a little more beautiful just by her presence. Her two children, Catherine and Christos, her toddler grandson, Elijah, and her husband, Bill Gatzimos, are her admitted heartbeat.
Like fine wine... time has been nothing but kind to Crystal Gayle