Crissy D was born Dawnette Angelita Nevers 26 years ago in Jubilee Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica. She was raised in Kingston, living in Hope Pastures and then Meadow Brook. The alias Crissy D came along 6 years ago when the Mainstreet Crew was forming and they wanted names for all the artists in the crew. Crissy recalls, "They used to call me 'cutie' or 'brownin'. In Jamaica if they think you're nice (you're) a criss girl. That's how the Crissy came by and the D is for Dawnette."
Getting into the business came through a family connection for Crissy D as a family member knew the Bloodfire Posse and in the band was Danny Browne. He wasn't a prducoer at the time, but was a friend of the family. After a cousin of Crissy's boasted about how well she could sing, Danny invited her to the studio to do a cover song, 'This Is Love' by Regina Belle. She says, "He was impressed an I went an sing that cover sng 'Saving Forever For You' by Shanice." Danny put it onto a 45 in 1992 and sold it. He realised that Crissy D was marketable.
Crissy's role model is Michael Jackson and as she was growing up, she used to "be in the mirror singing because I loved this Michael Jackson." She say, "That's the only motivation I get in music, him… After him come other R&B singers, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey."
Being in the music business has taken Crissy abroad to Japan, the USA and Orlando. She has had an interest shown in her songs from places such as Surinam and Panama and was nominated for best female vocalist of the year in the Tamika Awards. Crissy has won female singer of the year in 1999 in Jamica. So far Crissy has performed at Sumfest, Sunsplash and all of Jamaica's biggest shows.
As a woman in the business, Crissy feels she does not have to fight to get respect from men in the business. She says, "I'm a down-to-earth girl… all guys respect me. Them comin like a brother to me."
Alongside Lady G, Crissy had a big Garage hit in the UK with the tune 'Girls Like Us' on Oracabessa Records. Although it was originally a Reggae song, she believes "it went out better that way" as there was no sense remixing the tune back to Reggae after it was such a successful Garage track.
Her most successful tune to date has to be the cover of Annie Lennox's 'Here Comes The Rain Again'. Her cover of Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff' also did very well and went to no. 1 in a lot of places. She is currently working on an album due out in early 2001 entitled 'Cover Girl' which will feature songs from the 70's. A company overseas suggested the idea and Crissy was down with it because she says of cover versions, "When I do that, it kinda effective."
She has done a number of tunes which were not cover versions including 'Hot Gal', 'Provide The Wine' with Lady G, 'No Live Nowhere' and 'Big Timer'.
Being a singer has its ups and downs and Crissy enjoys the feeling of achievement in her work even though sometimes she doesn't feel like she's working. The awards reinforce how well she is doing and she also has a contract with the big furniture store, Courts, in Jamaica, of which she is a promoter alongside Beenie Man. She also says that when she goes to some countries such as Surinam "companies want to sign me." At present Crissy is not signed to a record label.
On the flip side she says, "I don't see the money, all de money dat I suppose to see." She also dislikes a number of other things including, "This trend of this one riddim and is a lotta artists on one riddim." She prefers to be unique and tries not to do her songs on the same riddms as everyone else "like Judy Mowatt an you know those singers that stick out because they have dem own."
Being in the Mainstreet Crew previously, means that Crissy has worked with Red Rat, but she has also worked with Lady G, General Degree, Beenie Man and some Japanese artists. In addition, she has worked with producers Steely & Clevie, Sly & Robbie, Danny Browne and the B15 Crew.
Her accomplishments in the industry so far have been good and Crissy says, "I feel good when I get calls and get complimented for what I'm doing", but if the music business hadn't called for her? Then Crissy would have been a flight attendant.
Crissy's advice to up and coming singers is "finish school because you need education. You need the brains to write your songs so that you can reap the benefits." Wise words and her plans for the future include working with some international producers, hoping to "achieve a Grammy award and to meet Michael Jackson.
So, for Michael Jackson and anyone else reading this article, take some time out to check out the works of this extremely talented young lady and we're sure you'll be impressed.
To book Crissy D contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org.