About Crystal Gayle
“Before country was cool, Crystal was class.” Never has one reviewer captured a platinum-clad, Grammy Award winning career so beautifully in so few words.
Crystal encapsulates everything the dazzling qualities of her name implies. “Cry Me a River,” “Sentimental Journey,” “It Had to Be You,” and “Smile” reach the heights their songwriters must have dreamed of when piped through the beautiful voice of Crystal Gayle.
Like sister Loretta Lynn, Crystal too was a “coal miner's daughter” before she was a platinum-selling singer and a worldclass entertainer. The blue-eyed beauty from Paintsville, KY would never again linger in the shadow of being Loretta’s baby sister. Drop-dead beautiful and dressed in designer threads, Crystal took country music to town on her arm in the ‘70’s and introduced it to mainstream audiences. Her warm, resonant vocals, individual as a fingerprint, captured the imagination and attention of audiences not usually tuned in and turned on by country music. There was an undeniable sophistication and a beguiling charm about her look and her voice that made memorable imprints on every audience.
CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy winner for Best Female Vocal Performance thanks to her beloved “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” — 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. As her music and her career path widened to mainstream audiences, so did her accolades. She is the recipient of three American Music Awards, voted America’s Favorite Female Artist.
Always gracious and generous with her time and talents, Crystal has been awarded the coveted “Celebration of Light Award” in recognition of her myriad humanitarian efforts — among them the Make-A-Wish Foundation (for whom she has recorded the official theme song) and the Arthritis Foundation, for whom she has served as telethon co-host for several years. At home in Nashville when not touring, Crystal continues to make the world a little more beautiful just by her presence. Like fine wine, time has been nothing but kind to Crystal Gayle.