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|Birth name||Krystal Nicole Meyers|
|Origin||Orange County, California|
|Genres||Christian rock, contemporary Christian music, alternative rock, pop, dance-pop, electro|
Krystal Nicole Meyers is an American Christian rock / Contemporary Christian singer, songwriter, and musician. She released three albums under Essential Records: Krystal Meyers, Dying for a Heart, and Make Some Noise and is known best for her songs: "The Way to Begin", "The Beauty of Grace" and "Hallelujah" and for her international crossover singles "Anticonformity" and "Make Some Noise".
Meyers states that she started singing at home at the age of two; sang her first solo in church at the age of five; started writing songs by age ten and was playing the acoustic guitar by thirteen, later releasing her self-titled first album Krystal Meyers at age sixteen in 2005. Her second album, Dying for a Heart, was released on September 19, 2006 and her third Make Some Noise was released on September 9, 2008[unreliable source?] and was later used by NBC in promoting its fall 2008 line-up. A sampling of her music was also used on ABC's high-impact Sunday-Night Lineup.
While at Barefoot Republic youth camp, at the age of fourteen and before entering the ninth grade, she wrote "Anticonformity" (the song she says got her started) with a friend, Hannah Dwinell. When she entered the ninth grade she says she saw her peers falling into drugs and sex and then "anticonformity" became "really real" to her: [What's important is] "becoming the person God wants you to be and refusing to become the person that the world wants you to be...and to pursue the plan that God has for you... I know exactly what you're going through... I just want to encourage you."
Meyers stated that she knew she would be in music ministry from the time she could talk: "A lady in our church told my mom 'Your daughter is going to travel the world and be a missionary.' That’s what this is—a mission field and music is the outlet... My faith means everything to me," she says. "It's who I am. It's the basis of everything I do. Jesus Christ is everything. He's given me peace and joy that is so unreal that I just have to sing about it. It comes out in my music. I have to share what I believe! ...I want[ed] God to be speaking through my music. So I stepped back and prayed about it. I surrendered the whole writing process to God."
Magazine covers and modeling
In Japan, where Meyers' first record went gold, she was on the cover of Nylon Japan,AERA English magazine, twice (their second issue in 2007 and their eleventh issue in 2008 ) and Tower Records' Bounce magazine. Meyers was on the cover of In Roc which is Japan's version of Rolling Stone magazine. She was on the cover of South Africa'sVision magazine and in the United States was on the cover of ONCOURSE magazine. She also appeared as a worldwide model for UNIQLO
Meyers signed with Essential Records for her self-titled album, Krystal Meyers, from which came four top ten singles on the U.S. Christian charts. Working with CCM artist and producer Ian Eskelin and the Wizardz of Oz production team, her song, "Anticonformity" became the number one pop single in Japan, taking that number one spot from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The album's lead single "The Way to Begin" charted at No. 1 on the Christian CHR Charts. Other singles "My Savior" and "Anticonformity" peaked at No. 8 and "Fire" peaked at No. 9. The album peaked at No. 48 on Top Heatseekers and went Gold in Japan.
The album was a Pop/Rock album comparable to Ashlee Simpson or Avril Lavigne. It was released on June 7, 2005 in the US and on May 30, 2006 worldwide.
Dying for a Heart
Meyers' second album, Dying for a Heart, was released on September 19, 2006 in the US and on October 24, 2006 worldwide.
The album peaked at No. 19 on Top Heatseekers. Its first single "Collide" hit No. 6 on the Christian Rock Charts. The second single "The Beauty of Grace" hit No. 4 on the Christian CHR Charts and No. 2 in Japan. The third single, "Hallelujah", peaked at No. 28 on the Christian Rock Charts.
"The Situation", a song written together with her guitarist Brian Hitt, is about temptation and having the strength to make the right choice in a relationship. The song openly opposes premarital sex. "We wanted to write a controversial kind of song that would totally challenge the youth of this generation... With 'The Situation' being about premarital sex, we wanted to make it more challenging and in-your-face."
Make Some Noise
Make Some Noise, Meyers' third studio album, was released September 9, 2008 in the US and July 9, 2008 in Japan; making its world-wide Internet video premier on Yahoo Music on July 10, 2008. The album was very different from her first two albums as she moved more into a pop dance realm with her songs. The lead single, "Shine", charted well in the Christian CHR charts, as well as charting at No. 13 on the iTunes top Christian/Gospel songs chart. Other songs released from the album are "Make Some Noise", the title track, "Love it Away", and "My Freedom".
The Make Some Noise album is also available in an iTunes Worldwide Deluxe Edition with eleven individual songs (including "Sweet Dreams", a bonus song) and three additional versions of "Make Some Noise" (song) where the chorus is in Indonesian, Mandarin and Thai (for a total of fourteen songs). Also included is a Make Some Noise (Video) Digital Booklet.
When asked about the album Meyers said, "It's a fun album. It's new. It's different... stylistically from what I had been doing before. It's kind of more of a... 80's pop, disco esque, European dance kind of album."
Awards / nominations and notable mentions
Meyers received four Dove Award nominations: two at the 37th GMA Dove Awards (New Artist of the Year and Special Event Album), one for the 38th GMA Dove Awards (Female Vocalist of the Year) and one for the 39th GMA Dove Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year."
- "Krystal Meyers - PCTV Interview". August 26, 2008.
- "Krystal Meyers Discography". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved April 28, 2008.
- "Make Some Noise NBC Promo (2008) - Krystal Meyers". YouTube. Retrieved Jan 8, 2015.
- "Krystal Meyers Song Selected For ABC's Sunday Night Lineup". October 21, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Krystal Meyers 2008 JCTV Interview (Part 1)". September 6, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- Jones, Kim (January 27, 2005). "Krystal Meyers, A 16 Year-Old Rock Artist, Signs Deal With Essential Records". About.Com - Christian Music/Gospel. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "- Krystal Meyers Essential Records". CBN Music.Com. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Brokaw, Joanne (October 2, 2009). "Krystal Meyers and Fireflight on Olympics music compilation album". Gospel SoundCheck (BeliefNet). Retrieved February 2, 2013.
- AERA English 2007.2 publications.asahi.com Retrieved on October 13, 2009.
- AERA English 2008.11 publications.asahi.com Retrieved on October 13, 2009.
- Vision Magazine: About visionmagazine.co.za.com Retrieved on October 13, 2009.[dead link]
- OnCourse Fall 2008/Winter 2009 Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
- "KRYSTAL MEYERS UNIQLO PARKA STYLE 1000 COMMERCIAL". YouTube. July 3, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- Krystal Meyers Signs with Essential Records Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
- "Krystal Meyers Interview @ LoganShow". YouTube. September 23, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
- Krystal Meyers / Christian Music Today / ChristianityToday.com Retrieved on April 16, 2009.
- Krystal Meyers' new music video Make Some Noise premieres on Yahoo!, Christian Today, July 10, 2008, retrieved on April 19, 2013
- Krystal Meyers Visits GodTube!! / tangle Retrieved on April 13, 2009.
- 2008 Summer Olympics marketing: Albums Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
- Official 2008 Olympics Album To Feature Music From Krystal Meyers And Fireflight: Olympics 2008 - One World, One Dream - Breathecast.com Retrieved on October 2, 2009.
- Dove Awards Nominations Announced Retrieved on May 24, 2009.
- Krystal Meyers Female Vocalist of the Year Nominations / About.com Retrieved on April 16, 2009.