The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 7, 2013

Music still sparkles for The Crystals

By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz
For The Daily Item

NORTHUMBERLAND — “Our show will take the audience back to a time when they were young and life was so much simpler. And when they leave our show, they will be going home recalling all the wonderful memories our music make them remember about a time in their life when they didn’t have to worry about bills and inflation.”

And with that, Dee Dee Kenniebrew, a third of the iconic 1960s group The Crystals,  lets out a long sigh and continues.

“Music was different back then too. More attention was paid to the lyrics and everything was done so much more professional. Like having professional music arrangers and creating songs that stand the test of time.”

On Saturday night at Front Street Station, audience will go back in time to the 1960s when The Crystals, discovered by sordid music legend, Phil Spector, cast a brilliant glow on the music scene with such classic hits as “There’s No Other Like My Baby,” “He’s A Rebel,” “He’s Sure The Boy I Love,”  “Da Doo Ron Ron” and their most popular hit, “Then He Kissed Me.”

The trio would go onto to perform at the Apollo Theatre, earn a legion of fans across the globe, release several albums and rightfully earn their place in music history.

On top of all this, when the act was discovered, none of the members was out of high school.

“It was a crazy time. It seemed unreal since we were so young and all of a sudden we were stars,” she said. “It was an amazing experience that was filled with a lot of joy and a lot of heartache.”

Part of that heartache came from the fact the trio had to grow up fast, missing out on many of the wonders of youth.

Today, The Crystals, which includes original lead singers Melissa Antoinette and Patricia Prichette-Lewis, continue to make music and perform a collection of their hits as well as music from The Andre Sisters and the mellow tunes from the 1970s.

“My entire life has been making music. It really is all I know,” said Kenniebrew, whose voice sounds as clear and innocent as the day they recorded their first song and started down the path to success.

“The best part of all of these events is meeting so many great people that come out to our shows. We get to talk with the audience and interact with them,” she said. “I love the fact we can take them back to a time in their life when everything was different and let them forget their cares for a few hours.”

Adding a bit of humor and whimsy to the evening will be opening act Steve Bix, a national touring comedian.

According to Kenniebrew, the show at Front Street Station will be both memorable and fun.

“We put on a very high energy show and perform all the songs our fans want to hear plus a few of our favorite numbers from various musical acts,” she said. “The show is also a great time for couples to come out and celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy a high energy show.”