Just as her famous ankle-length hair is
long, Crystal Gayle's grace, charm, and her insatiable love for all kinds of music have allowed her to continue transcending
boundaries for nearly four decades.
Crystal grew up the youngest of eight in a
musical family. Inspired by older sister Loretta Lynn (who was already becoming well-known by the time Crystal was born),
Crystal set out to pursue her own career in music. In fact, after signing her first recording contract, Crystal's debut single
was "I’ve Cried The Blue Right Out Of My Eyes," a tune that Loretta wrote; the song became a Top 20 hit, Crystal's first
of many more to come! Her charming and compelling voice made its impact on radio and Crystal soon proved her staying power.
After a string of hits, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," the song that would become her signature hit; it is still a favorite
among Crystal Gayle fans! It was that song which allowed Crystal to become and internationally-loved artist!
awards, and TV specials has not only proved Crystal's lasting impact on the country music industry, but also other markets
including pop, gospel, and more! You see, Crystal records songs because she truly loves music - all kinds. She does not limit
herself in only one genre, and in doing so, stretching her boundaries only strengthened her career. Through the years, she
has made country, inspirational, and Christmas albums. She has also been inspired to record a critically-acclaimed project
called Crystal Gayle Sings The Heart And Soul Of Hoagy Carmichael, on which she sings fifteen of the songwriter's
classic hits, and even children's lullabies on an album entitled In My Arms. Furthermore, her latest album is one
full of American standards called All My Tomorrows. Though Crystal doesn't tour quite as extensively as she used
to, you can be sure she will bring holiday cheer into various towns through her annual A Crystal Gayle Christmas Show.
from music, Crystal runs her own store "Crystal's for fine gifts and jewelry," the most happening jewelry store based in Nashville.
She has two grown children - Catherine and Christopher - with her husband Bill Gatzimos.
It seems that Crystal's achievements
are as limitless as her music. Perhaps this is why she continues to .
Crystal Clear News:
Crystal's talents are crystal clear (pun intended)
and she once again shines in what could be her most adventurous recording ever! She performs "Did You Know?" on the new album,
Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other artist performances on this project include Amy Grant,
Donna Summer, BJ Thomas, Ricky Skaggs, Maureen McGovern, Jon Secada, CeCe Winans, among others. The album won a Grammy Award
in 2006 for Best Musical Album for Children.
Two years after his passing, Fred Rogers remains an American icon. His pioneering
television show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, is still broadcast to millions of homes each day on most PBS-TV affiliates.
The third most requested item by visitors at the Smithsonian Institution is Mister Rogers' red sweater, hand-knitted by his
mom. His show is still the longest-running program on PBS television. Children everywhere continue to smile when they hear
Fred sing, "Won't You My Neighbor?" Fred Rogers' birthday was March 20. Y'all can resource the album at: www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com!!
Crystal was one of five people honored by the Indiana Historical Society with the Living Legend Award.
The black tie dinner took place at the Indiana History Center in Indianapolis.
The society honors several Hoosiers for
their contribution to the state and society every year. The honorees accompanying Crystal included Henry Bundles, Jr., Christal
DeHaan, Dr. Harvey Felngenbaum, and Lee Hamilton.
Crystal commented: "What a thrill! I am truly honored to be selected
along with some of Indiana's finest. "After the event, my husband Bill and I attended our 35th Class Reunion from Wabash High
Did y'all know?!
** Crystal Gayle was actually born Brenda
Gail Webb. Right before she began pursuing a career in music, her older sister (Loretta Lynn) suggested Crystal change her
name to avoid confusion with an already famous Brenda Lee. Loretta picked "Crystal" from a famous hamburger chain, Krystal.
"Gayle" is a slight variation of Crystal's given middle name.
** In 1999, Crystal's signature song "Don't It Make My
Brown Eyes Blue" earned the distinction for being one of the ten most performed songs of the 20th century!! [NOTE: By
the way, for those who wonder, Crystal's eyes are blue, not brown.]
Visit the store front:
If you're ever in the Nashville area, you
have got to make a trip out to "Crystal's for fine gifts and jewelry"!! It is located in the Belle Meade Plaza at:
Nashville, TN 37205
Store hours are (all times Central):
Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM AND Saturday 10AM-5PM
Crystal's for fine gifts and jewelry for a list of products to order. Or call
615-292-4300 (toll free: 1-800-525-7757) for more details!
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