SWEET CRYSTAL In The News... sweet, very sweet indeed!

Sweet, Very Sweet Indeed!

Sweet, Very Sweet Indeed!

"Heaven's Call"

The Akademia Music Award for Best Christian / Gospel Song

Dear Sweet Crystal,
Thank you for your patience. There were hundreds of submissions received this month in your category, which made making a final decision extremely difficult. That said, it is with great pleasure that we formally congratulate you on winning The Akademia Music Award for Best Christian / Gospel Song for 'Heaven's Call' in the April 2021 Akademia Music Awards! This is an important achievement and you should be very proud of your accomplishments! Winning an Akademia Music Award is a rare career distinction. It also means you are now inside the gates of an organization that can significantly advance your creative career. Please accept our warmest congratulations from The Akademia team on your outstanding achievement in the field of music. We look forward to working closely with you to advance your career.
Kind regards,
The Akademia


And the winner is... SWEET CRYSTAL! 

Once again we are humbled and honored to have won another prestigious

Detroit Music Award!
2021 Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act
will be the bands 24th DMA and we have no plans to stop any time soon!
The music, the message, the mission, the ministry continues
and once again, it's your support that keeps us going.
Thank you all - you mean the world to us.

Very excited about this latest collaboration of musicians, studios, engineers and producers on this timeless David Perez tune.

Vocals, piano bed tracks and strings recorded at Real II Reel Productions (Marshall Block - engineer/producer); guitars, drums, and additional keys recorded and mixed at Nightcrier Studios (Marq Andrew Speck - engineer, producer).

Music, Lyrics and and Lead Vocals by David Perez.

Additional Music By Marq Andrew Speck

Musicians: Marq Andrew Speck - Piano, Organ, Additional Keys Bill Blatter - Electric Guitar, Bass Steve Wieser - Drums David Winans II - Cello, Backup Vocals.

Just another dose of sweet launched across the Internet. Enjoy and please share! Click The picture to hear (and hopefully purchase) the song!

Check Out "Angel My Love (Rock Mix)" Track and Video!

Check Out "Angel My Love (Rock Mix)" Track and Video!

Another video/single "Heaven's Call" from the upcoming release "7th Heaven" has over 5,000 views to date. This tribute to the life and times of our dear friend VINCENT  SALVIA will keep him in our hearts for years to come. Take a look and listen... and maybe consider helping us raise donations for some of St. Vincent's (what we lovingly called him) favorite causes. Click The picture to hear (and hopefully purchase) the song.

Thank you for all you do.

Wow!!! Once again thrilled, humbled and blessed to win three of these prestigious and very sweet awards:

the 2020 Detroit Music Awards!

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Act 
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Songwriter 
Outstanding Gospel/Christian Instrumentalist 
MARQ SPECK (Keyboards) 
....like we said... humbling.


Recognized By National Charity

Citing "Extraordinary support and generosity from Sweet Crystal! Helping our mission w/ the healing power of music therapy programs for hospitalized children!", the band was given a plaque commemorating their sponsorship of the Dick Wagner "Remember The Child " Fund.

"There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away." Dick Wagner

Dick Wagner, "The Maestro of Rock," (1942-2014) was legendary for his songwriting and lead guitar playing with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, The Frost, Aerosmith, Kiss, and many more. Throughout his 50 year career in rock and roll, Dick Wagner generously donated his musical talents to support children's charities. Consistent with his legacy, our Concert profits benefit the Children's Miracle Network, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Detroit area children's hospitals, Beaumont Children's Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

"This was an easy decision for us" says Q. " Anytime we can help improve the lives of... anyone but especially a child, well you know all you have to do is ask and we will be there."

Sweet, very sweet indeed.


Check Out This Great Story On Bill!


Sweet Crystal Rocks With ISP
Sweet Crystal, a Christian rock band hailing from Michigan, is connected to ISP Technologies in more ways than one.  While Bill Blatter, lead guitarist and one of the original members of the band, uses ISP guitar gear, he also has been with ISP Technologies from the beginning, and has helped design what he plays!
The band, including Marq Speck and Steve Wieser, have been together for 40 plus years and were a Christian rock band before it was even a well known genre.   With years of honing their skills and producing quality hard, progressive rock music with a message of ministry that is contemporary and not preachy, Sweet Crystal has won 15 Detroit Music Awards, including a coveted 2015 Global Music Award.  Other major awards were Best Performance, Best Artist and Best Recording in the Gospel and Recording Category.


In Bill's Sweet Crystal arsenal, he has both the ISP Totally Blues and Fetish, which he designed, and now also uses the spectacular Theta Pro DSP, a Floor controlled guitar system with a fully programmable digital Theta preamp, Vintage preamp, plus Studio quality effects processing.  Bill not only helped in the design but ISP also included some "Wild Bill" presets.    
While  Sweet Crystal promotes their newest CD, 5 Carat Rock, produced by Chuck Alkazian (Christina Aguilera, Mitch Ryder, Pop Evil) they had the chance to also promote the Theta Pro DSP on-air at The Summit.FM radio station. When asked about the pedal, Bill said,   "The Theta Pro DSP will be my go to preamp for both stage and studio performance.  The versatility of the tone shaping and intelligent speaker sims allows me to voice the guitar exactly where I want it to sit in the music, from clean to crunch to over the top gain."  Besides the amazing tone shaping of the Theta Pro, that fact that it is also "Made In The USA" was of much interest. 
For more information on the ISP Technologies Theta Pro DSP floor pedal, or any ISP product, visit www.isptechnologies.com.  For more information on Sweet Crystal, visit www.sweetcrystal.com.

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Detroit Free Press: Hey! We're Now "Familiar Faces"! Sweet.

Detroit Free Press: Hey! We're Now "Familiar Faces"! Sweet.