About Crystal Kay
Crystal Kay Williams (born February 26, 1986 in Yokohama, Japan) is a J-pop singer. She mainly uses her first two names Crystal Kay as her stage name. Crystal Kay is part of the Sony Music Entertainment Japan records label.
Crystal Kay was born to an African American father (a bassist from New Jersey) and a third-generation Zainichi (person of Korean descent born in Japan) mother who was a professional singer. Growing up with musicians as parents influenced Crystal to launch a musical career of her own, which she accomplished with her debut at age 13. Prior to this, she provided voiceover work for a television commercial at the age of six.
Crystal Kay was born and raised in Japan but she attended Kinnick High School when her father was stationed in Yokosuka. She now attends Sophia University, which is the same college Beni Arashiro currently attends; the two are reported to be good friends. She is fluent in both English and Japanese, and she has also studied French.
After the well-promoted collaboration with m-flo in 2003 and a #2 album, she became known to the public. She scored her first top 10 hit with "Motherland," which was used as the ending theme for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist in 2004.
Her best-selling single in her career so far is 2005's "Koi ni Ochitara (恋におちたら, Koi ni Ochitara?)" which was used in the drama Koi ni Ochitara: Boku no Seikō no Himitsu (恋におちたら～僕の成功の秘密～, Koi ni Ochitara: Boku no Seikō no Himitsu?) and peaked at #2 on the weekly charts, and became the 30th best selling single of 2005 with an estimated 288,629 sold.
Her most recent collaboration - "Two as One", released on 5 October 2005 - is a collaboration with CHEMISTRY.
In 2006, Crystal Kay released a new album called Call me Miss... and has already released her first single off that album, "Kirakuni/Together". "Kirakuni" is her second single with a lead song that is sung in full English, the first being "Shadows of Desire". Crystal will return in 2007 with a new single called "Kitto Eien ni." The single will be released on January 17, 2007 and will be used as the theme song for the 2007 live-action movie of Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru.
Her single "One" that was released July 16, 2008 was also used as an ending for the eleventh Pokemon movie: Giratina and the Sky Warrior.