What’s good everyone? It’s your girl NaeNae with #NaeNaeOnTheScene and this week’s ‘Meet The Artist’ comes from Milwaukee. This singer/songwriter/dancer goes by the name, Crystal Ranae, who started singing and dancing at the age of seven. She comes from a large family having over ten siblings but says she lost count. It was when she was accepted to Milwaukee High School of Arts that Crystal started taking her music serious and began writing. But she also admits around that time she hustled by selling dope til she was twenty years old and then begin to attend church regularly. Last September, Crystal Ranae released her first debut single entitled “All Night Long” on Itunes, and all major digital distribution stores.
Crystal Ranae’s stage presence along with great vocals allows her stand with some of the best R&B acts in the industry. She uses what she learned in dance class to execute dramatic hair raising performances. Some of Crystal Ranae’s biggest musical influences are Brandy, Sade, Aaliyah, Tina Turner, Beyonce & Indie Arie. She has performed throughout Milwaukee and plans to expand her brand by traveling more & utilizing various online marketing outlets. Even though she hasn’t done any collaborations as of yet, but here’s a few artists she would love to collab with: Sammie, Jeremih, Normani, Kashdoll & Big Sean.
Crystal’s writing process is writing from her own experiences. As well as sitting with her close friends and writers ‘when Im feelin…some type of way…and we basically just freestyle songs about our situations…relationships etc’.
I asked Crystal would she rather stay independent or get signed to a major label? Her response was ‘I would stay independent…. so I could be more in control of my career. In order for me to accept a major… it would have to allow me control…and most likely…they wouldn’t…so indie’. Besides doing music, Crystal owns a daycare and teach young girls dance (hip hop, jazz & tap). And speaking of tap dance, she says she enjoys that a lot. Her motto is: ‘Do what you love, the money will come’
Crystal will be the headliner later this month in Sardis, Mississippi for The Chocolate Party presented by Industry Bosses.
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