Andrew Harmon



The Dazzling Rise of
Crystal Nicole

by Candace C. Smith

“Be teachable before you can be a teacher.” – Crystal Nicole, songwriter/singer

It’s no secret that the songwriter, like a screenwriter, composes the skeleton that is utilized for further creative inspiration and work by other artists or themselves. When a songwriter is teamed up with another artist, the heights that a song can reach to touch others is even greater. Diane Warren wrote “Because You Loved Me” for Celine Dion, Tracy Chapman wrote “Fast Car”, Kurt Cobain and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Culture shifts and is transformed by a songwriter’s gift.   

Proud Atlanta native Crystal Nicole continues to share her songwriting and singing gifts to the world, transforming and influencing culture in her own way. This Grammy-award winning songwriter who states that she “came out of the womb singing”,  possesses a brilliant resume that other songwriters would maim for, having written songs for and with artists such as Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Brandy, Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, Mary J. Blige, and Rihanna. But Crystal was not originally drawn to songwriting. Songwriting found her, showing her a surprising life purpose. While she continued to sing from birth until present day, she did not recognize nor use her natural writing talents until high school. A fit of boredom propelled her to put thoughts on paper and her interest in songwriting awoke. After high school, Crystal skipped college and dove straight into the workforce. Working various jobs, she found herself getting a pink slip from her time at a hospital. This loss of her job was the catalyst for her declaration into becoming a full-fledged professional in the music industry. Another chance of destiny that led her to more songwriting occurred in 2002, when a singing group that she was a member of disbanded. Crystal decided to dedicate more time to her lyric writing. She began to write for local artists in Atlanta, which provided her with experience and money to eat and pay bills. One of these artists was Monica. Crystal Nicole quickly found herself working as a songwriter in Atlanta during an exciting time of the music industry, where the Billboard charts were a menu listing the crème de la crème of the R&B, hip-hop, and neo-soul music elite. 

With all of Crystal’s success, she remains an inspiring and inspired person. Humble and grounded, she has not forgotten where she comes from as she consistently works hard to get to the places she wants to go. She reminds herself that all of her success comes from God and is therefore not hers alone. With her current resume, deep appreciation for life, faith, persistence, and diligence in work, the multi-talented Crystal Nicole is now working on building her solo career with an abundance of supporters.

The city of Atlanta is home to many successful songwriters and singers in the history of the music industry, and Crystal Nicole continues to extend this legacy, as well as her own, with her dazzling talents. 

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