Crystal Lewis, born in Corona, California, grew up singing in her father's church. In 1984, at the age of 15, Lewis auditioned for a children's musical called Hi Tops, written and produced by Ernie and Debbie Rettino, creators of Psalty, the Singing Song Book. Lewis passed the audition, and was able to go into the studio and participate in the soundtrack recording, with the rest of the cast members. While working with the musical, Lewis met a member of the rockabilly band, The Lifters. After becoming friends with the members of that band, Lewis was asked to join. Soon after, the band changed its name to Wild Blue Yonder. In 1992 Crystal worked in the sketch comedy television series Roundhouse, that aired on Nickelodeon.
Wild Blue Yonder was together for two years, and recorded a single full-length album Wild Blue Yonder, produced by Daniel Amos frontman Terry Scott Taylor, for Frontline Records in 1986. Lewis would also sing on D.A.'s album Fearful Symmetry in 1986, and Taylor's solo album A Briefing for the Ascent in 1987. After Wild Blue Yonder disbanded, Frontline offered Lewis a solo recording contract at the age of 17. Beyond the Charade, her first solo project, was released in 1987.
Lewis lives in Montana with husband Brian Ray, with whom she has two children, who were homeschooled. Her daughter, Isabella (Izzi Ray), is also a singer/songwriter, and released her self-titled debut album on February 12, 2012, followed by her remixes EP on October 22, 2013. Her son Solomon is also pursuing a career in music, having produced his mother's 2011 release Plain and Simple.
|1998||Female Vocalist of the Year||Won|
|Spanish Language Album of the Year||La Belleze de la Cruz||Won|
|1999||Female Vocalist of the Year||Nominated|
|Spanish Language Album of the Year||Oro (tie with Sandi Patty)||Won|
|Special Event Album of the Year||Exodus (shared with dcTalk, Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Cindy Morgan, Chris Rice, The Katinas, Third Day, Michael W. Smith)||Won|
|2017||Song of the Year||"Even If" (shared with Bart Millard, Ben Glover, David Garcia, Tim Timmons)||Pending|
|Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year||"Even If"||Pending|
|1993||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show||Roundhouse (shared with cast)||Won|
|1999||Soul Train Music Awards||Best R&B/Soul Single – Male||"Lean on Me" (as featured artist)||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||Nominated|
|2001||Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album||"Fearless"||Nominated|