A New Jersey vocalist who majored in computer science at Howard, Crystal Waters
had one of 1991's surprise left-field hits with "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)." The song had both a potent message and wonderful vocal that smartly mixed anger, irony, and humor. None of Waters
' other songs were quite that inspired, but her debut LP, Surprise
, got her in the hunt. Storyteller
followed in 1994, and in 1997 Waters
returned with a self-titled effort.