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Krystal Keith

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No matter how compelling Krystal Keith’s voice, songwriting, self-titled EP and debut
album Whiskey & Lace may be, there’s no getting around the shadow of a musical superstar
in the room. Not that she’d want to, of course. Krystal’s father Toby contributed several songs
and co-produced the project with Mark Wright. “You can’t have a better mentor,” she says.
“As a songwriter, as a vocalist – and he’s also my dad, so I get the best of all worlds wrapped
up in one person.”
The concern, however, is that the uncommon opportunity and access afforded the

daughter of a music icon could obscure the emergence of a truly remarkable new artist. Because
what’s most noteworthy about Krystal isn’t the artist’s lineage, but her range. Vocally, to be sure,
but it’s much more than that. Put simply, her music’s breadth reveals her to be incredibly adept
in ways rarely seen on debut efforts. And that speaks to an amazing amount of passion,
preparation and patience – traits that define Krystal Keith as a viable artist in her own right.
In its earliest days, Krystal’s desire to be a performer exceeded her ability. “I don’t
remember a time when I didn’t sing,” she says. “My sister likes to tell stories about me singing
at the top of my lungs and points out, ‘That was before you could sing good.’ She had to learn
how to sing harmony just so she could hear herself over me. But I was always a little ham and
sang pretty much everywhere I went.
“There are pictures of me as a three-year-old throwing a fit because my mom wouldn’t
let me onstage with my dad, who was doing a Fourth of July BBQ show near our home in

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