Singer-songwriter Crystal Nicole honored at ASCAP's 4th annual Women Behind the Music
(Atlanta, GA) Singer/songwriter Crystal Nicole was honored in Atlanta along with singer/songwriter/TV personality Tameka "Tiny" Harris and entertainment attorney Bernie Lawrence-Watkins, for ASCAP's annual Women Behind the Music Atlanta edition on Thursday, October 19, 2012. The Grammy-winning artist was recognized for her numerous contributions to the industry including four #1 records and countless chart-topping records.
"I started out singing, early on the singing didn't work, so my management suggested I try songwriting. Although singing was my passion I was open to doing something else. I tried it and found a new passion. Writing worked and the next thing I knew I was writing for Mariah Carey and the song went #1 and the rest is history," Crystal Nicole recalled. Her songwriting history has included penning albums for iconic voices such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Janet Jackson, and the list goes on.
Over 300 industry tastemakers attended ASCAP's Behind the Music (Atlanta) held at Vanquish nightclub in the heart of Atlanta, GA. The honorees were asked about their personal journey in the music industry and to share obstacles they faced while on their road to success. The evening culminated with Crystal Nicole, Tiny and Bernie Lawrence-Watkins being presented with glass awards by ASCAP Director, Rythmn & Soul Jennifer Drake. The evening was hosted by radio personality Egypt Sherrod and Atlanta socialite Ebony Elecktra. Music was provided by DJ Traci Steele. Attendees included; hip hop artist T.I., producer Brian Michael Cox and Johntae Austin, VH1 Love & Hip Hop starlet Rasheeda and husband Kirk Frost, music exec Troy Taylor and many more.
Crystal Nicole says she was humbled at the honor especially being from ASCAP as the organization has been a big part of her success as a singer/songwriter. "The timing is amazing because I am excited to be working on my own project finally. I enjoy writing for other amazing artists but my dream has always been to write for my own voice," she says.