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|Crystal Tamar displays her love for nostalgic, soulful R&B with the release of the studio version of “Serenade,” out today. Produced by Christopher Duncanson and Michael A. Gordon, the third single from her self-titled EP is a tribute to the old-school, stripped-down soul classics that inspired the Houston-bred singer. The music video will be released on June 17.
Crystal Tamar was immediately drawn to the song upon first listen. “‘Serenade’ is my ballad baby of the album,” she says. “I sifted through many submissions to find a record that would embody my old school R&B soul and pay homage to the true musicianship that my genre was birthed from. It rang loud and clear when I heard it. Those drums and demanding vocals when the verse opens gave me Jodeci, ‘Freek’N You,’ vibes. I said YESSSSS! The Gordon Brothers’ penmanship and vocals were just what I was looking for.”
Last week, Crystal Tamar released “Serenade (Acoustic)” featuring guitarist Ben Misterka and recorded live at 25th Street Studios in Oakland. In celebration of Black Music Month this month, Crystal Tamar pays homage to some of her favorite classics with a daily, pop-up podcast series, “Crystal Tamar Presents – Serenade: Best Song Duets.” At 2 p.m. daily from Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 18, Crystal Tamar and special guests will listen to and discuss songs from her personal playlist, sharing factoids and personal memories. During the show, Crystal will also premiere the behind-the-scenes video and official video for “Serenade.”
About Crystal Tamar
After years of performing in a La Marque, Texas family singing group with her sisters and cousin, being a member of Prairie View A&M University’s legendary Marching Storm’s “Black Foxes” and serving as captain of the NFL’s Houston Texan’s cheerleading squad, Crystal Tamar landed an opportunity to join Sophia Fresh, a girl group signed T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment imprint on Atlantic Records. The group achieved modest success, working with Kanye West, CeeLo Green, Marsha Ambrosius, TI, Kandi Burruss, Tyga, and a dozen others. Their 2008 single “What It Is” featuring Kanye West received heavy airplay on West Coast radio stations and their 2010 single “This Instant” with T-Pain appeared on the Step It Up 3D soundtrack. Crystal Tamar performed on a number of national roadshows including, T-Pain and the Family – Playlist Tour 2008, Pastry Tour 2009, Graduation Party Tour 2009, and Seventeen Magazine Tour 2009. After Sophia Fresh disbanded, Crystal Tamar relocated to California’s Bay Area to pursue her solo career and has since been featured on Bizzle’s “Feel Good” and “Did For Me,” the latter featuring Canton Jones. She has also appeared as a voiceover actress in the animated comedy Freaknik: The Musical with T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross as well as the CG-animated film The Sky Princess starring Vivica A. Fox. In 2019, she released her self-titled debut EP.