My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

The Synergy of dancing

by Paul Bellini

Dancing fools of my generation adored Crystal Waters. Her hits “Gypsy Woman” and “100% Pure Love” are practically the soundtrack to dancing at the Barn back in the old days. Now she’s back with a new song, “Synergy,” ready to woo a new audience of gay boys shaking their booties.

“I happen to be really into the show Cosmos: A Space Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson,” she explains.  “Once I got the word synergy going, the lyrics poured right through me. It felt so innate. The song became all about love.”

That’s how music has been for Crystal Waters.  She got her start penning songs for other recording artists.  In one of her assignments, she penned “Gypsy Woman” for dance music artist Ultra Naté, but when producers heard Waters’ recorded demo, they drew up a recording contract for her instead.

The song became a worldwide hit, memorable for its "la da dee, la dee da" refrain and keyboard riff. It climbed to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the UK Singles Chart.  Her 1997 self-titled album included another Top 40 radio hit, "Say . . . If You Feel All Right." 

Since then, Waters has remained a prominent artist in the underground dance scene. Her singles "Dancefloor" and "Never Enough" were both Top 20 Billboard dance hits. “Destination Calabria” was a megahit for her in 2009, hitting #1 on the pop charts in more than thirty countries.  “Le Bump,” her collaboration with Yolanda Be Cool, reached #1 on the Beatport House Chart and "Come On Down" (based on the theme song from The Price Is Right), "My Time," and 2013’s "Oh, Mama, Hey" were all Billboard #1s. 

Synergy is available on Beatport and  all major online retailers. and

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