Crystal Starr – All Mine
Words + Interview By Tyrone Davis
LA native singer and philanthropist Crystal Starr has released a new single “All Mine” from her forthcoming EP “Pop Starr”. Check out her views on music, social media, Airstreams and more!
Happy Belated Birthday! How did you celebrate?
Thank you! My family threw me a surprise dinner and the next day my friend surprised me by taking me to Houston to go and eat Tex Mex since I had never tried it before.
Tell us about your latest single, “All Mine”.
All Mine is the first song I ever produced. It is a song I wrote along with my friend, Courtney Jenae in a time when things in the world were turned upside down. All I wanted to do was bring back the joy that life once had before 2020.
What does it mean to be a Pop Star, in your opinion?
My definition of being a pop star is probably a little different than most. Being a pop star to me is not about the fame or fortune of it all. It’s about perseverance and realizing that your dream (any dream) can be achieved by you simply being the truest form of yourself.
That, the uniqueness that you were born with was never meant to meet certain standards that others may place on us. Doing everything in excellence, using your voice and gift for good and being able to reach that goal that you can tangibly see coupled with a purpose to help others is what pop star means to me.
Who are your “Top 5” Pop Stars of all time?
Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson.
Being in the social media era, everyone seems to want to be a star of some kind or would like some form of attention or another. Do you think that helps or hurts the entertainment business overall? How?
There is a lot of distractions out there and social media definitely helps with the distractions. It hurts the industry a lot because I know some super talented people not interested in fame that are so busy harnessing their craft and being brilliant in real life that they hardly have a social media presence. They are too busy doing the work and hardly are interested in posting selfies or singing videos all the time. It makes me sad sometimes because now the entertainment industry won’t even look your way if you have no social media presence as if that is the value of your gift.
True artists don’t base their gift on fame and attention. Most of the artists I know that love the art of performing and music are the most introverted people I know! They love the quiet, not the fame. So now because of all the filters, whether picture or production, the filtered artists are now being pushed because it is a quick buck rather than a true artist being pushed because it takes a little more time and effort to expose their gifts.
Who/What inspires you?
Good people, great times and great memories but God inspires me most.
What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic that you didn’t know prior?
I learned that if I spent a little more time in the quiet I could achieve much more, that being busy didn’t make me successful and that staying still created lasting moments for my life. I also learned how to play piano and how to produce music, which is how All Mine was born!
Every time I see pictures of Airstreams online, I’m always intrigued. I love those. How did you use one to your benefit?
Well, during the pandemic me and a friend of many years and fellow artist, Myra Washington wanted to do something for our community to help bring joy back. There is no other way to do that than with music. So, we ended up producing a Drive-In Concert with the 1967 airstream that my mom had given to me and turned it into a stage and called it Roll Up Concerts in which we sold out. I completely renovated the inside and we are now filming our music series called Inside the Airstream featuring performances from different artists includ-ing myself and others. The series will be posted on our Roll Up Concerts Youtube page soon. It is a pretty cool feeling.
Some years back while in Dallas, I met a Hip-Hop artist named Jef Jon Sin who was performing out of his van in parking lots of random venues. He called the vehicle the “Rad-toad-skid-muffin” or something like that, lol. He ended up taking his tour overseas to Europe and ended up performing for Kanye West while camped outside of a hotel that he was staying in in Paris, France. I say all that to say I thought that was a very creative way to promote oneself. What was the experience and feedback like for you?
I think Roll Up Concerts have been one of those experiences for me. Me and my friend used our unemployment checks during the pandemic to fund it and we saw the benefits of it after it was all said and done. We sold out a 300 car mall parking lot in Los Angeles all by ourselves with no help. There is power in believing in vision.
I’m going to throw a few names out there. Say whatever comes to mind.
a) Little Voices – Heart
b) Mariah Carey – Anointed
c) Smokie Norful – God
What are you into when music isn’t involved?
Anything creative. I love decorating and renovating things.
What was the last book you read?
Mariah Carey’s new book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey.
Tell us something about yourself that most don’t know.
I crack all of my phones within 2 weeks of getting a new one and I always run out of gas. Oops!
Lastly, what can we expect from you in the near future?
• A new single (and accompanying music video) that will be dropping every month.
• A Christmas Parade featuring myself in Los Angeles produced by Roll Up Concerts.
• More programs with my non profit Little Voices benefiting children in foster care.
• A new Music Series, Inside the Airstream presented by Roll Up Concerts.