With a string of mesmerizing singles highlighting the emotive power and grace of her voice lushly integrated within soaring EDM, singer-songwriter Crystal Rome is carving a unique path of purposeful dance pop. Her overall aesthetic is informed by the trance electronic dance music lineage, but her soulfully ethereal vocals and uplifting spirituality are uniquely her own. “I want to use my music to change people’s lives,” the Nashville-based artist says.
Her boldly emotional lyrics are story-based snapshots of struggle and ultimately triumph. “I’ve been through a lot of things, like abusive relationships,” she reveals. “I’ve learned as a woman to standup for myself. I hope the hurt and pain I express in my music helps other women know their self worth.”
Crystal’s stunning output of singles like “Red Light,” “You Don't Even Know,” and “Defying Gravity” are laying down the foundation for a Remix Album she’s readying for January 2013 with collaborator and husband producer Tim Romero. The two have been nurturing a dance aesthetic that merges the synthetic hypnotics of club music with the warm organic tones of Crystal’s vocals. So far their most powerful work is “Red Light” a blend of socially conscious commentary with transcendent dance pop that is like an update of Randy Crawford’s harrowing hit “Street Life.” On this track, Crystal’s vocals are luxurious and emotionally resonant, she sings: Did you know that your soul is worth more than gold. And all of the riches and all the diamonds this world could hold /You soul is crying out the road you’re on is filled with hurt and doubt/ Get out, cause this road is breaking you down. There is also a new dance remix version of “Red Light” by famed producer Greg Hobgood, formerly of the pioneering EDM group The Prodigal Sons. The track is reimagined as a trance club track that’s sure to introduce dance floor euphoria
“It’s been so amazing how that song affects people’s lives. One girl came up to me and said ‘I need to hear songs like that to be encouraged to stay out of that life.’ That is the other side of club culture, the things people don’t talk about,” she says. Crystal wrote the song one night after watching a documentary on human trafficking. “It brought me to tears. My husband started playing these keyboard melodies and the lyrics just poured out of me. I felt that girl’s pain, how trapped she must have felt.”
Crystal has performed on the TBN/JCTV show, at The Los Angeles Dream Center, the “Proclaim Freedom” event at Azusa Pacific University, and at other Southern California venues. Crystal is also outspoken about many social causes affecting women, she has performed for events combating human trafficking and events promoting breast cancer awareness. Crystal’s single “Eyes of Your Pain” was picked up by CBS TV as a music track for licensing for their network TV programming. Crystal is also beginning to get airplay rotation on several online radio stations and podcasts. She has also worked with award-winning music producer Minority, acclaimed for his work with Pitbull and FloRida.
Crystal grew up in Chicago singing in church. “One Sunday I realized how music can touch and change lives,” she says. She discovered her love for dance music in Chicago’s rich and fertile dance scene, with that cultural influence clashing with the buttoned up attitude of Bradley University’s music department where she majored in vocal performance and studied theory. “It's kind of funny, I used to get in trouble for singing pop songs off the radio because that's what I loved to sing the most. I still enjoy classical music but that hypnotic dance sound is in my blood.” She moved from Chicago to LA before settling down in Nashville with her husband.
“I love dance music but I like to talk about the reality of life,” she says. Crystal’s unique sensuality allows her to imbue dance music with empowering femininity. She will be taking her message to Thailand, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka under the banner of Finding Freedom International, which combats human trafficking. “My message is that people can find their inner strength with God to make it though any adversity, trauma, sorrow, or addiction. There is always hope and they can overcome anything. That’s the bottom line.”