With a voice as clear and transparent as her name, Crystal has been touching and blessing lives since the moment she first opened her mouth to sing. She was born and raised in southern California in a musical family where there was always lots of singing the home. Even from the moment she and her brother could keep the melody for “Happy Birthday”, her mother would sing the harmony. This musical way of life continued on throughout the years, instilling in her a great ear for music at a very young age, as well as a special appreciation for a wide variety of genres.
Crystal’s childhood helped set the stage for her performing arts career, which began at the age of 10 when she was cast in the role of “Lucy” in CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. She went on to carry the leads in many theatrical productions, such as The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, as well as countless other plays, dinner theatre shows, and musical reviews. At the age of 15, Crystal was part of a four-girl pop group called “Harmony”. The group had many diverse opportunities including getting to perform alongside performers Lindsay Lohan and Koolio. They also were privileged to work with academy award-winning songwriter, Al Kasha. However, after several months, the girls of “Harmony” decided to pursue their own individual careers. Crystal continued to chase a professional career throughout high school but was faced with the challenge that so many other young performers do in the struggle of balancing a somewhat ‘normal’ teenager’s life with trying to pursue a career in the entertainment field. Countless hours of auditions, meetings, and long drives up to Hollywood were becoming very taxing and while she had some successes with landing roles in independent films and even a soap opera; she also experienced many failures and more importantly, began to feel a strong check in her spirit that this may not be the path God wanted her on for too much longer. Sure enough, a new door was opened for her to be a part of a country band called “Wildflower.” This country-pop group recorded a full-length album, filmed a music video, “Movin’ On”, toured, traveled, and performed at exciting venues all over, including the Steelers Stadium in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
While all of these experiences proved to be very positive and beneficial, and had certainly broadened her horizons greatly for someone only 18 years old, she kept feeling the tug on her heart to do Christian music and journey back to her roots at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, the church she was raised in. Now to say Crystal’s roots run deep in the Calvary Chapel realm, would be an understatement. Her Grandmother Carolyn Lamb began the women’s ministry along with Pastor Chuck’s wife, Kay Smith, in the middle of the “Jesus movement” back in the 1970s and she watched her mother, Cathy, lead worship as one of the “The Joyful Life Singers” for over 15 years in the ministry. Crystal not only had this Godly heritage running through her veins but a special calling on her life personally, and it became evident to all that God had strategically placed her here for such a time as this. Just as God guides, He provides, so together with talented songwriter and worship leader, Kathy Gipson, and under the guidance of Pastor Chuck Smith, Crystal released her first solo album, So Close. This engaging worship album contains ten original songs by Kathy Gipson, as well as the classic “The Holy City.” Pastor Chuck Smith comments on the album, “It has been a long time since I have listened to an album that I felt brought me into the presence of the Lord in pure worship. I play this album over and over again, and each time, I find myself worshiping as I listen. This album is entitled So Close, and that is exactly what it does-causes you to draw so close to our Lord.”
Soon after, she also released a Christmas album entitled ‘An Old Fashioned Christmas’ that beautifully reflects the true spirit of the season. Both of these anointed projects combined with her angelic voice have given her great opportunities to perform at many exciting venues such as: the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, the Gideons International, and other various schools and churches all over the world-even going as far as Seoul, South Korea. Crystal’s undying love and passion for theatre continued on as well, as she was cast in the role of “Mary” in an original Christmas production entitled ‘The Journey’ performed at Saddleback Church. Shortly after that, she originated the role of “Esther” in another original musical, The Book Of Esther, which opened at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and traveled to various churches in southern California, including Pastor Raul Ries’ church in eastern Los Angeles. Another new exciting seed was planted when Pastor Chuck personally asked Crystal to appear on TBN (the Trinity Broadcasting Network) with him, Raul Ries and Greg Laurie on an episode of Praise the Lord. This became the first of many TBN appearances and she has blessed TV audiences all around the globe with both worshipful ministering songs and incredible operatic classics such as, “My Tribute – To God Be the Glory”, “It is Well With My Soul” and the powerful duet, “The Prayer.”
Recently, Crystal had the opportunity to pack her bags and venture to the East Coast, taking the stage at “Sight & Sound Theatres” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In the middle of this quaint, Amish community exists an incredible theatre that brings the Bible to life on a 300 foot wrap-around stage with extravagant sets and live animals presenting the Gospel in a very powerful, compelling way. She had the privilege to perform in Psalms of David, a high-energy show that portrays the life of David and leads the audience through an interactive journey of worship through the ages. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that could have only been orchestrated by the hand of God.
Now, as the Lord has led Crystal back to her sunny home of southern California, she is excited to see what He has next. She is working on a new album of classic hymns and is continuing to lead worship, perform, and minister using her gifts for the Lord wherever He opens the doors. So far Crystal’s life has been a wonderful, exciting, sweet symphony that is continuing to be composed note by note. Though the noise of the world would like to distract, or even destroy her magnificent melody, one thing is for certain, Christ is her King and her Composer. She trusts Him to lead, to guide, and to make her life song the best, most incredible thing it can be, as she continues to seek and follow Him heartily.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen!” ~ Ephesians 3:20-21