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|Born||October 10, 1964|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Labels||Mercury/PolyGram Records (1991–1998), Strictly Rhythm (2000–2003), Defected Records (2006–present)|
|Website||Official Web Site|
Early life 
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Waters is the daughter of Betty and Junior Waters, a famed jazz musician; her great aunt, Ethel Waters, was one of the first African-American vocalists to appear in mainstream Hollywood musicals. Her family moved to New Jersey for a while but they again moved to Washington, D.C.. At age eleven she began writing poetry and took her writing seriously enough to be inducted into the American Poetry Society when she was 14, the youngest person ever to receive that honor.
She studied business and computer science at Howard University, but her creative work dropped off as she found less time for it. After earning her college degree in 1985, Waters secured a job as a computer technician with the Washington, D.C. parole board, making a living that would support her two children.
Music career 
Waters first approached the music world in 1987 as a behind-the-scenes worker, writing demos for a production team known as the Basement Boys, securing a writing contract with Mercury Records in 1989 and began penning songs for recording artists.
In one of her assignments Waters penned a song called "Gypsy Woman" for dance diva Ultra Naté and recorded a demo cut herself of the song. The producers were so taken by her rendition that they drew up a recording contract with her for that one song, never passing it on to Ultra Naté.
The song became a worldwide hit, memorable for its "la da dee, la dee da" refrain and its often sampled keyboard riff. The track reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and found even more success in Europe, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. Scarcely a year after its release, a new version turned up on the Red Hot Organization's Red Hot + Dance AIDS fundraiser disc (1992, distributed by Sony Music), gaining its remixer (Joey Negro) his first real American exposure.
Despite some additional contributions by remixer Steve "Silk" Hurley, Waters' next releases were promoted only in the dance music markets, but she made an unexpected mainstream comeback in 1994 when the song "100% Pure Love" hit #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the longest-charting singles on the Hot 100 at 45 weeks ("Gypsy Woman" remained on the chart for an average 16 weeks). Along with the single, the singer released her second album Storyteller, which sold over 284,000 copies in United States.
Her 1997 self-titled album included another Top 40 US hit, "Say...If You Feel All Right," but mainstream success in the US has since eluded her. However, Waters remains successful on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play and the Hot Dance Airplay charts with recent hits like "Come On Down" (based on the theme song from The Price Is Right) and "My Time," both of which peaked at #1, the latter making top 40 in the UK. "Gypsy Woman"'s keyboard-chord was recently sampled on rapper T.I.'s 2006 mega-hit "Why You Wanna."
Also, as a side project, Crystal Waters wrote and voiced a single called "Right and Exact" under the alias Chrissy Ward in 1998.
In 2007 Waters finally embarked on a world tour, performing sold out shows in Russia, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Dubai, among other locations. Also that year her track "Destination Calabria" hit the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
In May 2008, Waters issued the single "Dancefloor", giving Waters yet another Top 10 Dance hit.
"Never Enough" hit #20 on the US Dance Charts in February 2009.
On March 23, 2013—"Oh, Mama, Hey," by Chris Cox & DJ Frankie featuring Crystal Waters, reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Charts after eight weeks.
In popular culture 
The song "Gypsy Woman" was parodied in the memorable sketch "My Songs Are Mindless (I Should Be Homeless)" (performed by Kim Wayans) on the television series In Living Color in late 1991. Wayans skewered the song's simple rhythm and melody by singing "Hey look at that it's Fred and the Flintstones! That's a song now, I got a song now: Yabba Dabba Doo Yabba Dabba Da, Yabba Dabba Doo Yabba Dabba Da...." The clip from the comedy show would later sometimes show up mixed into Waters' own composition at gay clubs with video screens, showing Waters had a sense of humor about it.
- 1991 Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)
- 1991 Makin' Happy
- 1992 Surprise
- 1992 Megamix
- 1993 Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)
- 1993 You Turn Me On
- 1994 100% Pure Love
- 1994 What I Need
- 1994 Ghetto Day
- 1995 Relax
- 1996 In De Ghetto (Bad Yard Club featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 1996 The Boy from Ipanema
- 1997 Say... If You Feel Alright
- 1997 Just a Freak (featuring. Dennis Rodman)
- 2001 Come on Down
- 2001 Enough
- 2001 Night in Egypt (Sunseeker featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 2003 My Time (Dutch featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 2004 Destination Unknown (Alex Gaudino featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 2004 Lies
- 2006 Destination Calabria (Alex Gaudino featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 2006 Gypsy Woman 2006 (La-Da-Dee) (Sami Dee & Freddy Jones vs. Crystal Waters)
- 2008 Dancefloor (Crystal Waters vs. Speakerbox)
- 2009 Never Enough
- 2009 Gypsy Woman 2009 (Tristan Garner vs. Crystal Waters)
- 2010 When People Come Together (Crystal Waters vs. Bellani & Spada)
- 2011 Le Bump (Yolanda Be Cool featuring. Crystal Waters)
- 2013 Oh Mama Hey (Chris Cox and DJ Frankie featuring Crystal Waters)
Awards and nominations 
|1991||American Music Award nomination for Favorite Artist - Dance|
|1991||American Music Award nomination for Favorite Single - Dance ("Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)")|
|1991||American Music Award nomination for Favorite New Artist - Dance|
|1994||Billboard Music Award Won for Top-Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single for "100% Pure Love"|
|1994||Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales Artist|
|1994||Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot Dance Music Maxi-Single Sales for "100% Pure Love"|
|1994||Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Hot Dance Music Club Play Artist|
|1994||MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Dance Video ("100% Pure Love")|
See also 
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- Paoletta, Michael (2004-05-01) "Where Have All The Divas Gone?" Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) Retrieved 2011-03-16.