What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Crystal McGrath is a musician, activist, podcast host, and inspirational influencer. Her latest catchy pop-country single, “About a Boy” takes the listener through the emotions one experiences when you start falling for that boy you just can’t get out of your head. Crystal has performed all over the world. She has toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K., and Australia. Supporting Canadian country legends such George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett, McGrath has proven that her stage presence is just as powerful as her songwriting. Her last release “Game On” produced by Spencer Cheyne, was released to radio in September 2020. The first week of the release “Game On” hit the Sirius XM CBC Country Top 40, was added to rotation on Australia Commercial Country radio networks, and the video was added to rotations on the Australian MTV/CMT network. Crystal is an advocate for women’s empowerment and wants women to feel that they can go after any goal that they hope to achieve. To promote this message, Crystal founded “Live With Love” an online platform with the mission of helping women live their best life through movement and mindset.
What made you go into music?
Music has always been the piece of my world that lights me up. I started out as a competitive gymnast with goals to head to the Olympics until I broke both my feet, which was a pivotal moment as I stopped gym and moved into music and musical theatre a little less harmful to the body! I struggled with not being able to use my authentic voice and always put on a fake voice with the fear lingering that who I really am was not good enough, so at the time in my mind it was better not to be loved for who I was not then to be loved for who I was. It was through working with a vocal coach in my teenage years that I started to break through the fear and discover my own voice and personal power through performing and getting uncomfortable which led to my most comfortable spot in life, using my authentic voice standing on stage. It is now my personal mission statement to inspire individuals to be the best version of themselves no matter what stage they are in and I use music as an outlet to inspire that thought in people.
Who are your influences?
Big fan of Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Shania Twain, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilara & Kelly Clarkson
You released your single ‘About a Boy’, tell us more about the single.
This one really stood out to me for a few reasons. I loved how the start of this song really paints the picture of a confident girl, and then leads into a quieter moment watching a girly film and really makes you feel that moment when even though you’re cool with being “alone” seeing romantic moments makes one long for that natural human connection. The song is so relatable to really any girl that has moved on from a relationship but still misses pieces from it. I also love how the song clearly states “WHY DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ABOUT A BOY” and a huge part of what i stand for is female empowerment! We are in a time where being a female and stepping into the role of power is more and more common, I feel like this song in a way represents that emotion for me, posing the question why? and really reminding ourselves/listeners that women are equally valid and can play on the same field!
What is the meaning behind the single?
Ask any girl– they have had some moment in their life where their world revolved around a boy. There’s humor in it to me, as much as we are independent and confident we are all still human and honoring the human emotions getting real with a feeling is something super important to me!
What was the writing and recording process like?
The song was written by Emma-Lee, Karen Kosowski and Robyn Dell’Unto, and is the first song that I have ever recorded and released that I didn’t write! They are amazing songwriters and I am so honored to have been able to record one of their song babies. When I heard this song I just loved how relatable it was, every girl can find a piece of this story to relate to. The recording process was definitely different than normal, we all wore masks and there were no celebratory high fives or hugs… but we still got the job done in a safe and isolated manner!!
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
Juno award winning producer Spencer Cheyne.
Will we see a Music Video for the single, and if so what can we expect from it?
We are currently working on finishing the video up 🙂 You can always expect a little sparkle!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can we expect?
Yes! I am excited to be sharing a new collection of songs with the world in 2021! Expect relatable feel good vulnerability!
What else can we expect in 2021?
New Music and hopefully more live music!! As always, some sparkle and shine 🙂
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I will still be making music, running my companies, inspiring people to be the best version of themselves and this might all be happening from a beach somewhere in Mexico 🙂
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I love to live by the words of poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s poem Don’t Quit “And you never can tell just how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit, It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Lol, it seems so long since we have had gigs here!! I can’t wait to get back at it, my top 5 things are as follows:
1. Water Bottle
2. Strawberry Lime Amino Acid Powder
3. Running Shoes
4. My little bag of crystals
5. Peppermint Oil