Crystal Denise Jones is a spoken word artist from Augusta, GA. She was actually born in Jenning Homes and delivered by Danny Glover’s grandmother, Reecie Mae Brown, who was a midwife. Ms. Crystal (as she is known publicly and on stage) is a graduate of Glenn Hills High School and has attained a. B.Sc. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from the University of West Georgia and a Master of Social Work from University of South Carolina-Columbia. She is currently holding a master level social work license in Georgia and South Carolina. Outside of her performances, she has served Augusta’s River Region in social and human services as a case manager for more than 20 years through various non-profit and state agencies.
Crystal discovered a natural inclination for performing from a young age, often drawing inspiration from her family who all have the gift of storytelling. Some of her first performances were in her family’s church where she would memorize bible verses and recite them to the congregation. As she grew up, Crystal also acted in commercials and local in plays. She explored spoken word poetry while in school. She then added athlete, beauty queen, and middle eastern dancer to her talent lists.
When asked what artists locally inspire her the most, Crystal answered with fellow Arts Council member Tamell “Big Bailey”,
“…we have worked on various projects together. His creativity and leadership are inspiring.” –Ms. Crystal
To date, one of her personal favorite performances was for at the NAN (National Action Network) of the CSRA Juneteenth Celebration. On Saturday, June 18 2022, the National Action Network of the CSRA in collaboration with the City of Augusta, Greater Augusta Interfaith Coalition and the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History will offered a parade and Juneteenth celebration at Dyess Park in Augusta, GA at Ninth and D’Antignac streets.
In addition to her many performances, Ms. Crystal has also written poetry and music that has been both featured in publications and released on albums. Her poems, My Dilemma and Time, were published in Namaste Ink July-September 2019 issue. She then released her first single, Forever Cocky, in October 2019. The release of her single was followed by a collaboration, Hard Times by Whoop ft. Crystal Jones. She then went on to release her first EP, Street Songs, on January 2, 2021 (her birthday). Ms. Crystal has released 1 EP and 9 singles since October 2019, with more to come.
In 2022, Ms. Crystal gained the title of Dearly Southern Ms. Mardi Gras. She has plans to compete in National Imperial Miss Georgia Pageant Fall 2023 and is currently a contestant in 2hotradio Who Wants to Make It. She is currently on the nomination list to perform at the LA showcase on June 24-25, 2023.