Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Crystal Nicole hosted a private lunch Wednesday, April 3rd in Atlanta to share her new single SUNDOWN with a small group of music journalists and tastemakers. The lunch was held at Asian cuisine inspired Aja. located in the heart of Buckhead Atlanta. Guests sat around an intimate table and shared teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour chicken and grilled salmon family style as Crystal Nicole shared her journey from singer-to-songwriter-and back to singer.
Growing up in Decatur, GA Crystal Nicole had a big voice and knew she wanted to sing. Numerous failed attempts at R&B groups led her to a career of songwriting. After signing to Jermaine Dupri as a writer almost five years ago, Crystal Nicole’s career took off almost immediately as she scored a #1 hit on the co-write on Mariah Carey’s E=Mc2 album with ‘Touch My Body’. After that initial Billboard success, Crystal Nicole experienced hit record after hit record, writing for A-list divas like BEyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Natasha BEdingfield, Mary J and Rihanna (Only Girl in the World), which earned a Grammy. Two years after that career milestone and Crystal Nicole feels she has just BEgun the course she was destined for. “I think timing has BEen a big thing with me,” she says, “I’ve had the ability to grow and learn the business and BEen able to learn from some of the best. I know all this has been to prepare me for my own project.” Crystal Nicole talked about some of the lessons she’d learned from Mary J, BEyonce and Mariah Carey BEfore playing her single and three additional cuts from her upcoming album.
Crystal Nicole calls her music, “soul swag” BEcause of her undeniably soulful voice, yet clever almost hip hop like approach to lyrics. She promises that her music is representative of her BEliefs and she refuses to compromise. “I don’t think that you have to put men down in order to uplift women,” she answered when asked about a record focused on relationships. “I try to look at things from another perspective and flip it around so that it shows another perspective.” When asked about one of the BEst parts of her new project she smiled, “BEing able to write for your own voice, feels great. I cherish working with others and have BEen blessed to do so and it will always BE a part of who I am, but writing for my own voice feels like home.”