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Not fond of the entertainment industry, former RichGirl, Kristal Lyndriette Smith, is back with a solo career and ready to take on the industry. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, Kristal has always been surrounded by music. With a father who is a bass player and mother, aunt, and uncle who were singers, it’s no wonder this R&B sensation has a voice so impeccable that it captured the attention of actor, singer, and author, Tyrese Gibson. Kristal began singing at her local hometown church at the age of six. Growing up, she was inspired by many female vocalists, including her all-time favorite, Brandy, and the legendary Whitney Houston. “I love her [Brandy] voice; her music has been inspiring to me by getting me through a lot of tough times.” Kristal was always given the advice to never give up on her dreams and to not allow anyone to tell her she could not succeed.
At the age of 16, Kristal signed her first deal to a production company in LA where she met Rich Harrison. Pursuing her dream to become a singer, Kristal joined an R&B female group managed by Harrison called “RichGirl” signed to Richcraft/JIVE Records. The group has opened up for comedian Kevin Hart and various artists such as Mario, Raheem Davaughn, and Beyonce. Four years into the group, things just were not going well. Due to internal issues between group members, RichGirl separated in January of 2011.
Kristal is now the only artist signed on author, actor, and singer Tyrese Gibson's label Voltron Recordz. With new single, “Silhouette,” which dropped November 6, 2013 and an album planned to release summer 2014, Kristal is off to a great start and is ready for the journey ahead.
Wow... As if the episode title itself doesn't already speak volumes about the content of this show... Last Sunday, we dropped an exclusive from R&B songtress Kristal (formerly Lyndriette of RichGirl) who is now signed to Tyrese Gibson's label, Voltron Recordz. And anyone who knows me knows that we don't just play good music but, we also conduct REAL, motivating and empowering interviews with exceptionally amazing people. So you better believe that this show will be no different...
Tyrese and Kristal will be calling in to talk about her upcoming project, how they met and why he signed her. Kristal, even with all the trials and tribulations life has thrown her, found the strength within herself to pick up the pieces and rebuild her career one stepping stone at a time. With God, her family and a mentor, friend and brother like Tyrese by her side, there's no way she can lose. Tune into this very heart warming interview and get to know the first lady of Voltron Recordz!
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Tyrese Gibson has become a seasoned vet in the worlds of music and film as well as a respected author. Tyrese, who has been a sensation in the R&B world for nearly two decades, is responsible for such classics as “Sweet Lady” and “How You Gonna Act Like That." Tyrese has transitioned into the world of film starring in the leading role of the John Singleton classic, Baby Boy.
Not fond of the entertainment industry, former RichGirl, Kristal Lyndriette Smith, is back with a solo career and ready to take on the industry. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, Kristal has always been surrounded by music.
Algebra Blessett, an Atlanta native, began her career by playing club dates before releasing “Purpose,” in 2008, which included the single “Run and Hide.” The album held steady on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums Charts for 14 weeks. She has collaborated with India.Arie and Esperanza Spalding, winning Grammys for both collaborations, and was featured on Anthony David’s #1 R&B Adult Cotemporary Chart hit, “4evermore.”
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