Crystal Monee Hall is one of the most extraordinary vocal talents to emerge in recent years. Her voice, an intoxicating synthesis of effortless clarity and raw, soul-bearing grit, is an instrument capable of tremendous power and sensitivity. Matched with a down-home songwriting style marked by poetic lyrics and simple, elegant arrangements, Crystal’s music smoothly combines the sounds of folk, gospel, jazz and blues. Before she began her solo career, Crystal was a featured vocalist with the nationally touring and Broadway productions of the Tony Award winning musical RENT. Only one year out of RENT, Crystal has broken onto the scene in 2010 with performances at major festivals such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival.
Crystal Monee Hall’s debut album, “River Train”, is full of strikingly candid songs of love, heartbreak, and sepia-toned memories of her southern roots. She is backed by an all-star ensemble of some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians including drummer Scott Amendola and members of the Jazz Mafia. Featuring beautifully stripped-down production and soulful instrumental accompaniment, River Train showcases Crystal’s remarkable vocal talent and songs that grow more and more captivating with each repeated listen. Rachel Swan of the East Bay Express says that the title track (River Train) “sounds like an old spiritual”, and that “Hall sings in a style that recalls protest singers of the Sixties and Seventies: liquid, chillingly pure, full of vibrato without being ostentatious.”
Despite her new residence in the Bay Area, singer/songwriter Crystal Monee Hall is proud to be a southern woman. A daughter of Richmond, VA and a self-proclaimed “church girl,” she grew up singing with her mother in church every Sunday. As her remarkable talent continued to blossom she became involved in music in school. She went from starring in musical theatre in high school to directing the gospel choir at her alma mater, the University of Virginia. After earning a master’s degree in English, she went on to perform with Disney Entertainment and with the nationally touring and Broadway productions of the Tony Award winning musical RENT.”
Her work has been presented at Rivers of Honey, The Laurie Beechman Theatre’s “After Party,” The Triad Theatre’s “Just a Piano” series hosted by Lee Summers, The LGBT Community Center’s Poets and Playwrights Series, and many other top venues including the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Joe’s Pub in NYC, and the Napa Valley Opera House. In Spring 09, NYC choreographer Camille A. Brown & Dancers debuted a new piece set to Ms. Hall’s original music at The Joyce SoHo, entitled “One Second Past the Future.”’ Ms. Hall was also a featured vocalist in Ahrens and Flaherty’s score for the Hurricane Katrina documentary, “After the Storm” and in Michael McElroy’s Broadway Inspirational Voices choir. Other major artists she has worked with include Jason Mraz and Sir Elton John.