September 10, 2012

rough sketch: crystal lewis

yes, THE crystal lewis.

my husband has been playing bass for crystal for several years now, but it wasn't until last year when she invited us up to montana, that we pretty much became inseparable friends. most of the time i forget that she's that pillar in christian music [because she is just that down to earth]... until i see fan comments on her instagram or hear her belt out any given song in the comfort of her kitchen. [yep she sings in her free time too!]

i am so beyond blessed to count her as one of my closest friends, + i'm so glad she took the time to participate in this series... + i'm so glad i could feature her during her birthday week!! love you c. lew! :)

q. // when did you start singing + what prompted you to start?

[ a ] i started singing at the tender age of 5. my mother, prompted by my apparent penchant for singing at home, pushed me up on to the stage at a talent competition and i haven't come down since. of course, i made my own choice to stay there by the time i was in my teens, as i had begun recording by that time. that was 28 years ago.

q. // what inspires you + where do you find it?

[ a ] musically i continue to be inspired by michael jackson, aretha franklin, and ella fitzgerald! music was so much more organic and real back then. the talent was not manufactured or synthesized. it was raw. it was authentic. not to say i don't get inspired by new music too... as well as the beauty of nature and the truth of the WORD. i try to remain open and alert to inspiration coming from all different directions.

q. // when you're not on stage, what's your favorite thing to do?

[ a ] my favorite thing to do when i'm not on stage is to be on the back of a horse, preferably with my daughter riding beside me. or, at the table sharing a meal with my friends and family.

fill in the blank:
i have a penchant for.... horses, home, hymns.

photos taken by izzi ray

[p.s. i blogged about her logo here :)]

happy monday!