The anointing that the Lord has placed on the life and ministry of this native Kansas City psalmist elevates both contemporary and traditional gospel audiences to another dimension. Whenever she takes the stage, she testifies to being saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost. Being the youngest of six children, daughter of the late Bishop C.N. Rucker and Evangelist Yvonne Rucker and mother of Camille, Dr. Chrystal Rucker attributes her success to the unmerited favor of God as she is one of the most sought after music ministers in the country. Her solid church background and love for music contributes to sustaining her spiritually, physically, and emotionally, as she maintains an extremely busy ministry schedule. Although the enemy attempted to totally afflict her body in May and June of 2007, she confidently and gratefully says, “Lord, You deserve my worship”.
Chrystal sang her first solo at the age of two at the church her father founded and pastored, Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Chrystal Rucker is a “Gospel Music Industry” favorite! She has been blessed to grace the stage with many gospel music legends, such as the late Min. Edwin Hawkins, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers, Jonathan Nelson, The Clark Sisters, John P. Kee, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Kathy Taylor, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Dr. Judith McAlister, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Dr. Myron Williams, Pastor Kim Burrell, and many more.
The angelic voice of Dr. Chrystal Rucker has impacted radio on Bishop Paul Morton's "Be Blessed", Jonathan Nelson's "I Am Healed", Greater Grace Temple’s “Covered” and her soul stirring worship ballad “You Deserve”.
The demand, respect, and admiration of music lovers and colleagues have afforded her the opportunity to make singing Gospel music a career. Chrystal was invited and appeared on the late Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir Recording, “Church Time”; Jonathan Nelson & Purpose recording “Everything You Are”; GMWA Mass Choir Recording “Live in Kansas City 2004”, Ricky Dillard and New G recording “Keep Living”, Bishop “Mr. Clean” White’s recording “I’m Glad”, Larry Callahan and Selected of God’s Recording “The Evolution II”, Anthony Brown and Group Therapy's award-winning sophomore project "Everyday Jesus" and Pastor John P. Kee’s project “I Made It Out”. In 2017, Dr. Chrystal Rucker was awarded the recipient of the Steeple Awards Female Artist of the Year. Dr. Chrystal Rucker has been granted the opportunity to be the first Gospel artist featured as a singing hologram in “The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration” located in the historical city of Montgomery, AL. Her melodious voice can be heard singing “Walk With Me Lord” and “This May Be My Last Time”. Her gift and her kind spirit paved the way for her to be a featured soloist in the 2021 National Geographic miniseries “Aretha:Genius”.
In August 2019, Chrystal Rucker officially became Dr. Chrystal Rucker by receiving her Doctorate of Sacred Music Degree from St. Thomas Christian University in Jacksonville, FL. Chrystal Rucker is an artist with a heart for God’s people. Each November, Chrystal Rucker Ministries is blessed and favored of God to present their annual benefit concert entitled “Sharing the Harvest”. There are three to five charities that are adopted by the ministry during the holiday season, and each charity receives a financial donation. Since its inception, over $15,000 has been donated to charities both locally and nationally.
After many years of laboring with some of the Gospel Music industries’ finest, Chrystal was blessed in 2012 to be signed to Gospel Recording Artist Earnest Pugh’s record label EPM Music Group as their premier artist. Her national project on this label entitled “You Deserve” was released in the summer of 2012. It debuted at number 10 on the billboard charts. Chrystal Rucker's junior collective will be released Summer 2022 with I.R. Music Group.