Get to know Crystle


I was born and raised in East Ridge, TN. After completing my senior year as a, I began a career in the finance industry, where I worked for a total of 16 years. I have since left the finance business and pursued my ministry full time. This indeed has been a dream come true!

On October 9, 2004, I married my best friend Lance Elam and we currently reside in East Ridge with our four dogs (Tucker, Gunner and Dakota). I love to do crafts, love working in the yard and garden and getaways to the beach with Lance.

I began singing at a very early age and in middle school, became active in the school choir. As an adult, my singing  took me to many local restaurants, where perfecting my country music style gave me the confidence to audition for American Idol where I made it thru the first round of auditions and onto Jacksonville, FL for the second round. I also auditioned for Nashville Star. Both experiences were great for my love for music!

I accepted Christ as my personal savior and knew that gospel music was where I wanted to use the gift that God had given me! My deep love for the Lord and gratitude for God’s gift of my musical talent motivates me to share God’s Word in song. In 2010, I began singing southern gospel at venues such as churches and other religious events. Soon after, while singing solo at an AWANA benefit, I met Jim Ricketts, a southern gospel artist from Dayton, Tennessee. Together, we realized our voices blended well and that we could minister in a more powerful way as a duo, rather than as soloists. We did just that for 9 ½ years. Together, we shared God’s message in song at an average of 200 events/ churches each year.

Jim became very ill in December 2016 and the Lord took Jim home with him on

Jan 5th, 2017. Jim will be missed by a lot of people including myself, whom I considered my adopted dad and best friend {Bud }. After taking a couple months off from my ministry I decided I must go on sharing the gospel until we are reunited in heaven together singing again! I have been pursing my ministry ever since and God has truly blessed it and me!

On April 16th 2018 The Lord saw fit that I would once again Have a friend by my side to be apart of the ministry, he sent Daniel Ledford. Daniel is a true Man of God and loves playing guitar and running sound. He has been a true blessing!

When asked what I enjoy most when sharing my musical talent with audiences, I would have to say, "I love to see people obey the Lord and come to the altar. Nothing makes me happier than when people are saved or rededicate their lives. That is why I do what I do."