Award winning singer/songwriter, ethnomusicologist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Crystal Bright, has played over 1000 shows from Canada to Austin, and New Orleans to Seattle and Thailand the past 8 years sharing the stage with the likes of Beats Antique, Abney Park, Aurelio Voltaire, The Love Language, Rising Appalachia, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard, and many more. Bright performed with the North Carolina Symphony in 2011 on an arrangement of her song "Toy Hammer," and has performed at various festivals around the country (SXSW, Savannah Stopover, FloydFest, DragonCon, LEAF, Midpoint Music Fest, The Steampunk World's Fair, The International Steampunk Symposium, Shakori Hills, and many others.) She took Runner Up for On the Rise at Floydfest 2013 for returning sets in 2014 and 2015, and was named Best Singer in 2012, Best Songwriter in 2014, and Best Musician in the Triad in 2015 by Greensboro's Yes Weekly.
Bright brings an incredible variety of European and American world music influences, instruments (including accordion, piano, musical saw, Taiko drum, adungu, and various others), musicality, and arrangements intertwining huge soaring operatic vocals to a moving indie rock sound that are marked by incredible live performances.
Her visual collaborative album with DividingMe Photography, The Absolute Elsewhere (Nov. 2014), and Muses and Bones (2012) have both received glowing reviews in the US & Europe, as well as radio airplay in the US, UK, & Canada, including NPR and BBC appearances.
The most recent album, Staring at the Sun, recorded with Mitch Easter at the legendary Fidelitorium studio, takes you on a sonic journey through the evolution of her genre-spanning sound.
RIYL: Kate Bush, Dresden Dolls, Beirut, Tom Waits, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Decemberists, Danny Elfman/Tim Burton, Yann Tiersen, folktales, ethnomusicology, musical saws, and accordions.