Crystal Monee Hall’s varied career has included roles on Broadway (“RENT”), sold out tours with acclaimed musicians Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead) and Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), and three albums (one solo as well as two with Hart). Her work has been called 'riveting' by Billboard Magazine as well as featured in Rolling Stone and Playbill. Yet she considers the next chapter of her career, the proper “debut.” Seamlessly blending Hall’s love for world, blues, jazz, soul and contemporary R&B, her forthcoming pair of EPs will showcase her talent as a songwriter, while highlighting a voice that has captivated audiences worldwide.
It’s the unpredictable balance of power and sensitivity of her voice that has dramatically altered the course of Hall’s life. After attending UVA in her home state of Virginia to pursue journalism (her dream was to become an editor at Essence), Hall eventually pivoted into becoming a high school English teacher. But after a chance audition for Broadway’s “RENT” wowed the show’s producers, Hall soon found herself joining the likes of jam-band legends like Hart and Schools based solely on the caliber of her voice.
But after years of successful touring with the Mickey Hart band and as a solo artist, Hall found herself at a career crossroads in late 2014. Life as an independent solo artist proved to be less stable and predictable than education, and Hall packed her bags and move back to Virginia to resume life as an inner-city teacher.
After scheduling a farewell concert in New York City, inspired by the lyrics to the Grateful Dead’s “Stella Blue” (“there’s just the pavement left and broken dreams,”), fate intervened. Her now-manager approached her after the concert, encouraging her to pursue music that better showcased the versatility of her rich pipes. That belief led to a songwriting session that produced the EP’s first song, “If You Breathe,” as well as a new vocation that combined Hall’s two greatest loves –adjunct professor of Music at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.
Crystal continues to be a key part of high-profile music moments, from singing with Mariah Carey's Christmas residency at New York's Beacon Theater, to performing alongside Kanye West and Chance The Rapper during their debut performance of "Ultralight Beam" on SNL…To Craig David's "All We Needed," the official song of the BBC's 2016 Children In Need campaign.
Her dreams no longer broken, Hall looks forward to reaching new listeners and audiences with her message, music and voice.