Country Music Legend Coming to Western North Carolina
Crystal was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as a member in January 2017 by her sister Loretta Lynn. The Academy of Country Music recognized Crystal with a 2016 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award for her lifetime achievements in country music. And in 2009 Crystal was honored to receive her own star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame.
These honors are fitting tributes to Crystal who has been a favorite of audiences of country and popular music since attaining national prominence with her first chart records in the mid-seventies. Renowned for her classic recording of her timeless signature song Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal also scored with her multi-format hits You’ve Been Talking In Your Sleep, When I Dream, Half the Way and her duet with Eddie Rabbitt, Just You and I. Crystal has released over twenty number one hits and has been awarded numerous times by the Grammy’s, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the American Music Awards, and the American Music Operators Association.
Strange to think of anyone as vibrant as the artist in question as a “timeless classic,” but that indeed describes the course Crystal Gayle’s career has taken. Country, folk, pop, rock ‘n roll, Broadway show tunes, gospel…all found an equal place in her heart when growing up as the youngest of eight children. As her beloved sister Loretta so aptly put it, Crystal too was a “coal miners daughter” before she was a platinum selling singer and a world class entertainer.
Her earliest roots in country music led to what was at that time in the industry an unusual turn of events: Crystal’s success wave engineered a seamless crossover to mainstream, following the footsteps of Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Ray Price and so many more of her musical heroes and continuing the path for other great artists such as Shania Twain and Faith Hill.
Always gracious and generous with her time and talents, Crystal has been awarded the coveted “Celebration of Light Award” in recognition of her myriad humanitarian efforts, among them the Make-A-Wish Foundation for whom she has recorded the official theme song, and the Arthritis Foundation for whom she has served as telethon co-host for three years. Fittingly, the “Celebration of Light Award” was Waterford Crystal.
At home in Nashville when not touring, Crystal continues to make the world a little more beautiful just by her presence. Her two children, Catherine and Christos, her toddler grandson, Elijah, and her husband, Bill Gatzimos, are her admitted heartbeat.
Fans can see Crystal on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.