Crystal Lewis, born in Corona, California, grew up singing in her father's church. In 1984, at the age of 15, Lewis auditioned for a children's musical called Hi Tops, written and produced by Ernie and Debbie Rettino, creators of Psalty, the Singing Song Book. Lewis passed the audition and was able to go into the studio and participate in the soundtrack recording with the rest of the cast members. While working with the musical, Lewis met a member of the rockabilly band, The Lifters. After becoming friends with the members of that band, Lewis was asked to join. Soon after, the band changed its name to Wild Blue Yonder. Lewis also met her husband, Brian Ray, through her association with the band. In 1992 Crystal worked at the sketch comedy television series Roundhouse, that aired on Nickelodeon.
Lewis lives in northwestern Montana with husband with whom she has two children. Her daughter is also a singer/songwriter and released her self-titled debut album on February 12, 2012, followed by her remixes EP on October 22, 2013. Her son is also pursuing a career in music having wrapped production on his mother's new release Plain and Simple.