Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters’ biggest song, “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” became an instant dance hit after it was released on April 3, 1991. “Gypsy Woman” was also known as the la da da dee la da da song. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and earned Waters three American Music Awards nominations.

“Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” was written by Waters and Nathaniel S. Hardy and was included on her debut album Surprise. Ms. Waters later said she wrote the song after observing a homeless woman in full makeup singing to herself in front of the Mayflower hotel in Washington, DC.

    She wakes up early every morning
    Just to do her hair now
    Because she cares yeah
    Her day oh wouldn’t be right
    Without her make up
    She’s never without her makeup

    She’s just like you and me
    But she’s homeless, she’s homeless
    As she stands there, singing for money
    La da dee la dee da, la da dee la dee da


Waters, who was born in Philadelphia, also had pop success with “100% Pure Love” (1994). She grew up in Washington, DC, where she majored in computer science at Howard University.

As a young girl, Waters was surrounded by music. Her father, Junior Waters, was a famed jazz musician; and her great aunt is jazz vocalist Ethel Waters.

Crystal took up poetry writing at age 11. She became the youngest person inducted into the Poetry Society of America at age 14.