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MUSIC IS THERAPEUTIC: The good news ... we improve our health when listening to music we like.
Listening to new music is expansive. A win-win open play connection. Fact. What else changes(?):
lowered respiration, lowered blood pressure, improved cardiac output, reduced heart rate,
relaxed muscle and mental tension. There are many Playlists I curate for listening:
Soundcloud. or Rhythm Channel One.

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Rhythm Channel One and Soundcloud

Writer, producer, and smooth jazz guitar royalty Peter White joined us during a taping of Body Vibes.
We talked about his music and how being a naturally happy person inspires his musicianship.
Lucky for us Peter arrived with a guitar ... though unplanned - we amped him up and he played guitar
live with the track while Body Vibes dancer, Ana Maria Carrasco, danced live in the studio.
We had a plan, the Universe had another, it's on tape - it's history. The song is
Reveillez-Vous, an uptempo smooth jazz favorite from his 1990 Reveillez-Vous album.

Crystal's Tribute ... Remembering Prince

Media & Entertainment
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The Rap, Rhythm & Reggae production crew. Rap, Rhythm & Reggae was my music video show that features urban music and dancing.
The latest videos combined with dance segments. Body Vibes, and ColorSoundandSoul were signature interstitial dance segments
I created and produced to be featured in the video programs I was producing. I wrote a treatmentand presented to producer/directors
Candace Jones-Sutton and Andre Alporter, then management at the South Central Los Angeles cable television studio. I began producing community television
programming shortly thereafter and over the next four years I produced five local origination programs that aired on Continental Cable Channel 28 from 1990
and 1991, and on leased-access Channel 31 from 1992 to 1994. I was mentored by network television director Chuck Vinson, news producer, director and editor
Andre Alporter, emmy-nominated news director Candace Sutton, and professional music programmers Theo Mizuhara, George Moore and Aundrae Russell.

Songstress and musical mentor Ms. Nancy Wilson

Presenting Nancy Wilson with a Communique Talk Show Excellence In Music Award

PRE-SHOW MEETUP: Joined actress, writer and natural skin and hair product guru Bianca Taylor
for a quick meetup with two-time Obie winner and Tony-nominated actress, playwright, and producer Charlayne Woodard
at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City, CA, before her glorious performance in THE NIGHT WATCHER.

Communique guests actor Larry B. Scott, comedian/producer Louis Dix, Jr.,
and actor/producer/writer Clyde Risley Jones.

Author and Communique co-producer Diana Sherer with program guests attorney
Denise Speaks and Los Angeles professional sports agent Michael Trope, agent to over 200 NFL players during his career.

Diana is also a former Soul Train Dancer, who published her first book, World Champions Only in 2019.
World Champions Only takes us on an intimate journey into the sport of boxing. Personal stories of world champion athletes,
the shrewd negotiations, and the behind the scene deals that make thisboxing a multi-million-dollar business.(Five-star rated.)

Cutting it up with the dancers on Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video, my weekly music video show that featured dancing,
interviews and music videos. I noticed the older dancers' interest in being on camera, and I handed the mic over to them
... they wanted to be "VJ's" - so be it. I gladly let them get their feet wet by coaching them on how to introduce music videos,
and get their first exposure to the television production process. Each one, teach one.

Coaching our aspiring VJ's ... their friends saw them on the show, which was a BIG
confidence booster and source of inspiration to pursue their interests in television production.

Caught up with the always inspiring comedian, actor, and talk show host (and long-time Soul Train fan) George Lopez
at a Lakers Game. When not acting, hosting and making us laugh, George's Foundation is actively
creating positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and,
military families confronting challenges in education and health.

Actor and former Soul Train dancer Louie Carr.

Soul Train starletArlene Cabeza. Arlene is a decades-long bestie and sister, and a sharp cookie. Business manager, legal manager, and entertainment law guru, Arlene is currently co-producer and project manager for the autobiographical film, The Life Story of Sly Stone. The film is being directed by Robert Townsend, and scheduled for release in 2023!

A May 2022 rework of my original Prince Tribute video published May 16, 2016.
The music, messaging, dancing, vision, and his engaging skills as a performer
are everlasting. Indeed. Love Always.

Los Angeles entertainment event promoter, producer, and entrepreneur Felipe Darrell.

Communique host and author Diana Sherer with Communique program guests, U.S. track and field
Olympic medalists Kevin Young, Danny Everett, and Steve Lewis

The Color Purple: The Tony & Grammy award winning 2015 revival of The Color Purple came to the Hollywood Pantages.
Enjoyed it with my sistah, actress Bianca Taylor. The cast of this tour were phenomenal!

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the best singers in the biz, John "Jon Jon" Harreld of the
chart-topping recording group Troop, at a talent showcase and awards event produced by Brandy Sanders.
Brandy is the founder of NuSkoolSingsOldSkool, a non-profit committed to making a difference in the lives of youth
through the power of music and the arts. A diverse and very talented lineup of young singers, dancers, models and musicians
performed to standing ovations. Outstanding show for a GREAT cause!

Communique host, former counsel for USC, attorney Denise Speaks with Communique guest,
former Big East Conference Player of the Year, Charles Smith.

Cosmetics entrepreneur Iva Williams.

The King Center Chairman Dexter King.

With television production mentors (left), network television director Chuck R. Vinson,
and network television executive Lester Crystal (right).

I learned most of what I know about producing and directing for television from my mentor Chuck Vinson."
I began producing television programming for leased-acces cable in 1990. I studied studio and field production, editing,
and directing as part of a Los Angeles Department of Telecommunications grant program.

Chuck Vinson began his career as a stage manager for network television programs including: Detective School, Benson, and The Cosby Show, going on to become a director of the show ("Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,") co-directed by Carl Lauten. Chuck's other network television directing credits include the sitcoms:Martin, Thea, The Sinbad Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sister, Sister, Living Single, One World and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Chuck directed a number of stand-up comedy specials for Sinbad, Steve Harvey, Mark Curry, and Jamie Foxx, as well as numerous episodes from the comedy series Last Comic Standing.

With production mentors director/producer Andre Alporter, and producer Candace Jones-Sutton.

Candace received a Best Outstanding Cultural Program Emmy award nomination in 1995 for her production A Tribute To Black Music Legends.

WANDA ACUNA ... fun time celebrating the birthday of bestie,
actess and model Wanda Acuna.

Auntie Elvie.

With Lady T! Ms. Teena Marie

GAME TIME ... caught up with GDII and fashion icon and badazz beatmaker
producer Shauna Chappell at The Staples Center ... Lakers won!

Crystal's cover ... harmony arrangements singing 3rds with Whitney.

My long-time music go-to ASCAP Rep., music publishing and licensing executive Alonzo Robinson, Jr. (right)

Communique guest Maryum Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, our guest for a 30-minute episode of Communique.

CATCHING UP: Chatting with Soul Train sister Cheryl Song at a VH-1 Premiere
of the Soul Train Documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.

Rap, Rhythm & Reggae co-Producer Apryle Vaughn and recording artist Heavy D.

Communique Talk Show host Denise Speaks, floor manager Shirley, and production manager Apryle Vaughn.

ABC Newscaster Angela Black. Angela was a Los Angeles newscaster for over a decade.

GOOD TIMES: Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video

Crystal's harmony arrangements ... Michael Jackson's
beautifully orchestrated production of the classic song "Smile."

NFL football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and his bay-bro Leo. During Eric's NFL career,
he rushed for over 13,000 yards, and holds the NFL's single-season rushing record set in 1984.
Eric was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
In 2019 he was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Body Vibes dancer Justina Jupiter at the 1989 Soul Train Awards.
Justina was featured dancer on ColorSoundandSoul.

Celebrating a superb songwriter with genius talents in musicmaking, dance, performance,
and production, Michael Jackson. This edit features MJ's recording "Beautiful Girl," featuring
video footage directed by cinematographer Herb Ritts for the "In The Closet" video
featuring Michael with co-star, supermodel Naomi Campbell.

You're looking at the first African American female movie and television agent in Hollywood, and inductee into both
the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, and Who's Who of American Women, Lil Cumber,
and Los Angeles restauranteur Stephen Perry, owner of Stevie's Creole Cafe.

USC's Third Heisman Trophy winner Charles White. A two-year unanimous All-American,
White set (or equaled) 22 NCAA, Pac-10, USC and Rose Bowl records

L.A. event producers Artris Leftage and partner Larry M, guests on Communique Talk Show.

With the beautiful Los Angeles public relations executive Eugenia Wright
and event photographer Agnes Ferguson.

LOVELY VOICES ...enjoyed seeing my sister in music Rhea Weng perform with
The Athenas Choirat the Los Angeles Athletic Club Summer Benefit Concert.

Mapping out the next scene with assistant producers A & B!

Communique guests, my mentor EUR Webmedia founder Lee Bailey, and news producer Mike Mosby.

MUSIC PROMOTION: We partnered with record companies, promoted the vids on the programs; hosted weekly artist and music promotion interviews at Los Angeles social mecca Paradise 24 in the 90s. Producer and label liaison Apryle Vaughn helped
Video Starbox gain the support of L.A. major and indie labels.

Music Collaboration: Streaming services such as Soundcloud are connectors - talent hubs.
Listen and connect ... music, musicians, producers, voices, tracks. This collaboration demo
features collaboration with Germany-based songwriter/producer Sebastian Wahle of
So Do We Create Productions.

Sports and Entertainment program guests Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry.

A GOOD PARTY BRINGS OUT THE CHEDDA ... Hefner's Mid-Summer's Night Affair was star-studded,
kinda cool seeing musical and theatrical icons partying in PJs, but it was a BLAST I was able to chat
with pianist, composer and mega producer Herbie Hancock.

Cuttin' up with members of The RAMA Band at rehearsal in Japan.

Model, media and entertainment producer Paula Bond.

Producer and artist Tony Smith aka Tone Loc ... remember Funky Cold Medina ... and Wild Thang!

CEO and lead designer at LSO Designs, Linda Stokes visited Communique to talk with us about her journey to success
as a fashion designer to so many A-list celebrities in Los Angeles. Her fashions are BEAUTIFUL and of the best quality.

I hit up a Dre track ... cover entitled "Say Wha?" of The Message.

Pro football legend, sports analyst writer and actor Jim Brown
joined me on Communique to discuss his book Out of Bounds,
(1989, Canadian Books). Brown, who in his heyday finished 5th in Heisman Trophy
voting is widely considered to be "of the greatest professional athletes in the history of the U.S."

Jim Brown.

Marla Gibbs and
KJLH Radio on-air personality Aundrae Russell.

Bianca Taylor, a gifted and creatie thinker, writer and actress. "B" starred on
General Hospital for 9 years, before settling down to raise a family with her husband
actor Meshach Taylor. Bianca is the mind behind Bianca's Botanicals, a line of safe,
cruelty-free, skin and hair products. Her line was a first providing fragrance-free products
for the skin, and hair, including braids, locks and twists.

Harmonies arrangements with Luther ... Anyone Who Had A Heart

Actress, producer and model Sheila Frazier.
Who can forget this Diva's performance in SuperFly!

I caught up with 2017 Woman of Achievement Award recipient
Jacqueline Norvell - founder of and her family shopping at The Grove LA

Soul Train dancers Lisa Mapps, Cheryl Song, Nieci Payne
and Juliette Hagerman on the red carpet at the VH-1 Tribute to Soul Train.

Comedian Sinbad and Los Angeles music producer Ralph Hawkins, Jr.

Michael Jackson "Gone Too Soon" Tribute Video. Edited by Crystal McCarey..

The Canadian Club Modeling Troupe, I toured with the show two years!

Celebrating with friends at the birthday party of of songwriter, "keys master" and producer Ralph Hawkins, Jr.
- Ralph co-produced and arranged Redlight with Eddie Murphy and Snoop.

Louie Carr and Christina Sanchez

Producer Bobby Lyle,business manager Ian Davis,
and Auggie Johnson, producer and member of the popular group Side Effect.

All of us are wearing Toney Briggz Soul Train Fashions! Soul Train Dancers
Crystal McCarey, Juliette Hagerman, Claudja, and Michelle Stevenson.

"Beautiful Girl," written by Michael Jackson, featuring Naomi Campbell. Edited by Crystal McCarey.

(1) Communique program guests restauranteur Stephen Perry of Stevie's on the Strip,
(2) Diana Hicks with Communique guests Blair Underwood and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
(3) music executive Ian Davis with Side Effect producer Auggie Johnson
The lead female singer in Side Effect was singer Miki Howard.

Magic Johnson ... legendary Los Angeles Laker, and
business entrepreneur at a Soul Train awards after party in the 80s.

Stephanie Mills

With Primetime Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor
in a Comedy Series, Meshach Taylor.

Pop, jazz, adult contemporary and R&B recording artist Ms. Vesta Williams
visited Communique, and we got to hear her four octave vocal range LIVE ... what a voice!
We spoke about a lot of topics, including the golden rule of singing live ..."Know thy mic."
"Singing is a fine artistry where tone and blend contribute to the sweet spot,
the unique sound one's voice alone can own," and a BIG part of that is the microphone.
Engineers and producers typically make the mic decision, but not with Vesta Williams.
She said she walked into many a session with her own mic, to keep from having to
sing a song ten times while an engineer keeps adjusting settings. She said she learned
early on the importance of "knowing thy mic." Spoken like a true PRO.

Music promoter Douggie D

Video Starbox host Elan Carter with actor and
model Michael Bacon. Elan is a former Playboy Playmate of the Year and an American Beauty model.
Michael Bacon was a series regular in the cast of the TV show VR Troopers.

Legendary, renowned jazz DIVA Supreme Barbara Morrison.

L.A. Raiders team members joined host Denise Speaks as guests on Communique

Spread The Word is a weekly gospel radio show produced and hosted on KJLH Raidio by Aundrae Russell.
Andre, (right) was a panel moderator and co-producer of Community Issues Symposium, a program developed to calm
the South Central community following the violence sparked by the Rodney King tragedy.

Network television writer, producer and director Ralph Farquhar.

Actress and philanthropist Marla Gibbs reviewing notes before she spoke at Community Issues Symposium.
I produced this community outreach program to bring community leaders together to address the violence that
followed of the Rodney King police brutality tragedy.

Operation Hope Chairman John Bryant speaking on Community Issues Symposium.

Would you like to be a guest on RCO Radio ... Email Crystal

Youth activist and gang intervention activist and lecturer Mike Concepcion

My gorgeous Mom inspired me to want to dance ... watching her and her beautiful friends rehearsing left an indellible
impression on me at a young age so no surprise I wanted to be just like her ... what are the chances fate would allow me to land
on Soul Train - televised nationally by the time I got there - and she would be able to tune in and watch me dance every week for over a decade.

PUBLIC RELATIONS: Professional PR executives Pat Tobin,
and Modena Moore were guests on Communique Talk Show.

Interviewing Eric Dickerson for Sports & Entertainment Television

Bodybuilding duo, twins Cleon and Leon, regular trainers at Venice Beach, California.

Communique host Diana Sherer with U.S. track and field olympic medalists Kevin Young,
Danny Everett and Steve Lewis

Swedish producer Ludvig Cimbrelius has been developing a catalog of beautifully expressive electronic compositions and sonic textures
for over a decade expressed through a legion of aliases. Cimbrelius' signature blends of percussions and sounds are masterful; he's amassed a solid, prime
time discography. I caught up with him at his sold-out performance at Corazon Performing Arts in Topanga Canyon. What a gifted and especially intuitive producer he is.
We were gifted to hear him perform (by surprise) an arrangement from his work (recent at the time) with producer Luis Miehlich on the tune
"Sometimes I Hear Your Voice." I'll never forget the heavenly vibes nor the spiritual embrace in the acoustics he filled the room with ...
how magically Ludvig works, melding sound with emotion. Inspired. For life.


Have you heard Crystal's harmony arrangement cover of this classic golden oldie released in 1963.
Crystal started singing this song when she was 7.

Los Angeles radio personalities Cliff Winston and George Moore.

NFL icon Warren Moon

Friends Kevin Sims, Monique La Rocha and actress Regina Brown,
author of Rise! Tao Of The Diva.

ATL producer Evan Connor.

Jazz guitar royalty, Peter White was an in-studio guest on Video Starbox featuring Body Vibes,
and what a fun shoot it was. He got to meet the Body Vibes dancers, and Ana Maria Carrasco danced live while he
played his guitar live to his music. Talk about jazzed! Such an amazing talent. I have followed Peter White's music
25+ years, and he was a most kind and gracious guest. Whenever he's performing in LA we
merrily trek to the destination, whether it be 5 miles - or 50!

NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and actress/recording artist Shaunice Wilson.

Former pro football player and network TV sportscast anchor Jim Hill.

Comedian Reynaldo Rey and model Alicia Shante.

Public Relations and entertainment event producer
Vonnie Hilton-Sweeney.

Aussie rappers Mic and Mac

Sultry jazz vocal cover of music composed by Daniel Vojevodovas aka FTUREABLE

Actress/model/singer Freda Payne

Entertainment event producer and promoter Mark Gaspard and model Jaqueline Davis.

Actress Marla Gibbs was among many guests, including Los Angeles
DJ Aundrae Russell, who spoke at Community Issues Symposium.

Recording group Domino Theory

I met Jada Pinkett long before she was Pinkett-Smith, and she's still as down to earth today
a as she was before her ascendance to being a successful actress, producer, and screenwriter.
Jada is the host of Red Table Talk.


Producer/Songwriter Darren Sullivan
aka DLaVance,
and O'Bryan.

My beautiful baby sister Renea Zanzi and her bestie Carolyn Johnson.

Hon. Nate Holden.

Chic producer Nile Rodgers.

CA real estate agent Veronica Davis-Penna and actress/model Wanda Acuna.

Interviewing Actor Richard Lawson

Author, sportswriter and producer Diana Sherer, with Communique program guests
Blair Underwood and writer/actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.

Professional boxer and sports lecturer May May Ali,
daughter of World Champion Boxer Muhammad Ali, and singer-songwriter Miki Howard.


My dear, wonderful cousin Joy.

My dear, wonderful cousin Nigeria.

Guitarist Pat Metheny, performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival (2003),
with the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Jim McNeely.

L.A. Raiders ... guests on Communique Talk Show.

Soul Train Media ... Created and Edited by Crystal McCarey

Rap, Rhythm & Reggae Video

Radio pioneer Jerry Boulding and former KGFJ Radio afternoon anchor
and Urban Network executive Carol Carper, guests on Communique Talk Show.

Producer Bill Bellamy

PRO BOWLIN'IN HAWAII ... with Soul Train dancer Dina Rivera
and football Hall of Famer Harry Carson at the 1984 Pro Bowl.

Linda Stokes, CEO and Designer at LSO Designs

Actor/writer/comedians Larry B. Scott, Louis Dix, Jr.,
and Clyde Thompson, guests on Communique Talk Show.

Songwriter/producer/arrangers Gene Dozier and Leon Huff

Producer, songwriter Darren Sullivan aka DLavance

L.A. music and entertainment promoter Felipe Darrell

We Danced

Photo highlights from the Soul Train Friends & Family Picnic

Since 2014 Soul Train dancers Juliette Hagerman and Nellie Gonzales have produced an annual picnic to bring us together and keep us dancing.

Ricky Bell, a founding member of New Edition

Communique host Diana Sherer with guests Michael & Erin Stinnis.
Stinnis' father William Stinnis founded the Golden Bird Chicken franchise.
Michael was also the first African American to start at quarterback for the University of Hawaii.

With 92.3 The Beat DJ and on-air personality Theo Mizuhara.
Theo was the creative mind behind the highly successful No Color Lines
music promotion campaign in the mid-90s.

Interviewing producer and rapper James T. Smith aka L.L. Cool J.

Interviewing music executive producer Louil Silas, Jr.

Interviewing actor Leon Robinson.


Crystal McCarey Soul Train Poster

Sharing a prayer for love, unity, hope and strength with the Blue Dot.

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I wrote this song to process the untimely transition of my cousin Frank Alexander.
Frank was a Marine, a Sheriff, and Tupac Shakur's
personal friend and bodyguard.

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