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With barely 9 months since Sweet Crystal's last release - the award-winning "QUAD" EP - the band is already heading back into Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI to again work with uber-producer/engineer Chuck Alkazian (Cristina Aguilera, Tantric) to record their 5th CD appropriately titled "5 Carat Rock". With a second quarter 2016 targeted release date, the boys in band are not resting on any musical laurels but jumping full force into what looks to be the strongest collection of originals and covers to date. stay tuned Sweeties but it's about to be on...again!

posted by Nightcrier on 12/15/2015

Michigan musicians record 'A Michigan Christmas of Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Michigan musicians record 'A Michigan Christmas of Hope' to support No Child Forgotten Campaign benefiting Holy Cross Children's Services

All proceeds to help abused, abandoned, neglected children throughout Michigan

DETROIT /PRNewswire/ -- To help improve the lives of thousands of abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout the state, more than 20 well-known Michigan musicians and groups recorded "A Michigan Christmas of Hope" CD to benefit Holy Cross Children's Services (HCCS). The CD is now available for a minimum donation of $10 on, and will be available at two holiday concerts in December.
HCCS, one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services in Michigan, will receive 100 percent of the profits from the sales. HCCS is an advocate for Michigan's forgotten children the abused, abandoned and neglected and provides services to more than 2,000 at-risk children and their families daily.

Each year, approximately 1,500 children in Michigan are in need of a foster family. Last year more than 33,000 Michigan children were confirmed as being abused, neglected or abandoned.
"There are thousands of children in need of loving and forever families throughout Michigan," said Brother Francis Boylan, CSC, executive director and president of HCCS. "The donations from the CD will assist us to give them the help they require, whether it's a safe place to stay or counseling or a foster home. We at Holy Cross are most grateful to all of the musicians who worked so hard on this CD, and to our board of directors who have underwritten the entire cost of the 'No Child Forgotten' campaign, and the great work of brothers Brian and Mark Pastoria, who produced it."
A portion of the proceeds from the Michael Bolton concert Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Macomb Music Theatre in Mount Clemens, Mich., will be donated to the HCCS "No Child Forgotten" campaign. "A Michigan Christmas of Hope" CD also will be available at the concert.

Marq Andrew Speck of Sweet Crystal, another group that contributed to the CD, said: "We hope that our song 'The Light Of Christmas' will be both inspirational and motivational our way of helping raise awareness and support for everything that HCCS does, day in and day out. For this holiday season for every season and for every child let the light of Christmas shine."

About Holy Cross Children's Services
Founded in 1948 by the Knights of Columbus, Holy Cross Children's Services (HCCS) is one of the largest private providers of specialized schools and children's services throughout Michigan. To give children their best chance at a successful life, HCCS advocates for Michigan's forgotten children the abused, abandoned and neglected and provides a network of services across the state that includes: foster care, supervised independent living, specialized residential and day treatment services, community-based treatment services, onsite schools and neighborhood support centers.
HCCS is accredited by CARF International (Commission Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) which recognizes HCCS as having the highest levels of transparency, integrity, and personalized care of at-risk children within all HCCS programs. For more information, visit
SOURCE Holy Cross Children's Services

Following is the complete list of musicians and their songs on "A Michigan Christmas of Hope:"
Why On Earth Frankie Turner and The Gentlemen Mutineers
Matching Snowflakes Devin Scillian and Jill Jack
Love for Christmas Quentin Dennard
It's Christmas LetricKramer
Run Rudolph Silver Bullet Band and DC Drive
This Christmas The Infatuations
Faith Skeleton Crew
Our First Christmas in Love Joey Vee Band
A Homeless Christmas Lullaby Janine Sabino written by Mitch Albom
Wrap Yourself in Ribbon Karen Newman and Devin Scillian
Christmas Cookies Belle Islanders
Wandering Shepherd Jeff Daniels, Stewart Francke and Devin Scillian
Grandmother's Christmas Michael On Fire
The Light of Christmas Sweet Crystal featuring Amy Heard
The Prayer Karen Newman and Corey Roberts
Mary (The Return from Calvary) Mark Farner
To purchase the CD:

posted by Marq Andrew speck on 11/02/2015

Sweet Crystal Release New EP "QUAD" Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

DETROIT: The return of thirteen time Detroit Music Award winners SWEET CRYSTAL with their latest release "QUAD" finds the band sounding larger and more powerful than ever, thanks to the collaboration with award-winning mixer/engineer Chuck Alkazian (Christina Aguilera, R Kelly, Mitch Ryder, Pop Evil) and Pearl Sound Studios, Canton, MI.
From the opening flourish of "Fanfare" right into the slide-guitar driven progressive rock anthem "Foot Of The Cross", these songs will satisfy the cravings for more SWEET CRYSTAL from even the most demanding fans.
Featuring performances by special guest vocalists Amy Susan Heard and David Perez , there are storylines and soaring musical lines on QUAD for every taste and situation.
"We've really upped our sonic onslaught with QUAD" says founding member Marq Andrew Speck. "There are songs here about desperation and redemption, asking questions of faith and finding real answers for our lives as well as some mighty uplifting instrumentals."
Early reviews seem to agree that may be the best SWEET CRYSTAL release to date.
Dale H., Metal Pulse Radio: "...what (an) uplifting EP... musically some of the best they're putting out."
Doug P., WCSX 94.7 FM: "The first thought that came to me is powerful...this is powerful!"
The physical CD also contains a 14 minute bonus track: an in-depth interview with the band, giving listeners more insight into SWEET CRYSTAL and what QUAD is all about; a must have for new and classic fans alike. The new CD can be found at CDBaby and BandCamp with the download versions at iTunes, Amazon and all other major music sites.
SWEET CRYSTAL is a very rare group of musicians. Not only has the band remained in existence for an impressive 40 years, but also the core trio of Marq Andrew Speck (lead vocals, keyboards), Bill Blatter (guitar, vocals) and Steve Wieser (drums) has remained intact for the entirety of that time. Perhaps most importantly, the band has remained standing strong on the front lines of the Michigan Christian rock scene, even before that music genre had a name.

SWEET CRYSTAL and QUAD still "Reaching The World, One Song At A Time "!
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posted by Marq Andrew speck on 11/02/2015