How does 2024 stack up for the band? One word: amazing. 

This year marks (or is it MarQs?) Sweet Crystal's 50th year together as a band! That's 5 decades of the music, message, mission and ministry that you have come to know and support, and we think it's absolutely amazing to look back and see the path God had laid out for us and continues to move us along on even now.

New graphic for our 2024 shows this year...because 50 years of Crystal is certainly a Sweet accomplishment to promote!

SWEET CRYSTAL In The News... sweet, very sweet indeed!

Sweet, very sweet indeed!

Pretty sweet read from the good folks over at Metal Digest (reviewing '7th Heaven'): 

“It is said that the Devil has all the best tunes. This is broadly true. But Heaven has the best choreographers”

Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch 

'Rock and Metal is normally more closely associated with the other guy. The fire and brimstone guy. Horns and all that. Some notable artists however, take their inspiration from above. Sweet Crystal take this a step further by using their music as a ministry, a mission. By the power of Prog they want to reach out with a positive message of God’s love for all.'

James L. Turner

"Heaven's Call"

The Akademia Music Award for Best Christian / Gospel Song

Dear Sweet Crystal,
Thank you for your patience. There were hundreds of submissions received this month in your category, which made making a final decision extremely difficult. That said, it is with great pleasure that we formally congratulate you on winning The Akademia Music Award for Best Christian / Gospel Song for 'Heaven's Call' in the April 2021 Akademia Music Awards! This is an important achievement and you should be very proud of your accomplishments! Winning an Akademia Music Award is a rare career distinction. It also means you are now inside the gates of an organization that can significantly advance your creative career. Please accept our warmest congratulations from The Akademia team on your outstanding achievement in the field of music. We look forward to working closely with you to advance your career.
Kind regards,
The Akademia 

Recognized By National Charity

Citing "Extraordinary support and generosity from Sweet Crystal! Helping our mission w/ the healing power of music therapy programs for hospitalized children!", the band was given a plaque commemorating their sponsorship of the Dick Wagner "Remember The Child " Fund.

"There is more love in the human heart than can ever be given away." Dick Wagner

Dick Wagner, "The Maestro of Rock," (1942-2014) was legendary for his songwriting and lead guitar playing with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, The Frost, Aerosmith, Kiss, and many more. Throughout his 50 year career in rock and roll, Dick Wagner generously donated his musical talents to support children's charities. Consistent with his legacy, our Concert profits benefit the Children's Miracle Network, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Detroit area children's hospitals, Beaumont Children's Hospital, and C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

"This was an easy decision for us" says Q. " Anytime we can help improve the lives of... anyone but especially a child, well you know all you have to do is ask and we will be there."

Sweet, very sweet indeed.


Check Out This Great Story On Bill!


Sweet Crystal Rocks With ISP
Sweet Crystal, a Christian rock band hailing from Michigan, is connected to ISP Technologies in more ways than one.  While Bill Blatter, lead guitarist and one of the original members of the band, uses ISP guitar gear, he also has been with ISP Technologies from the beginning, and has helped design what he plays!
The band, including Marq Speck and Steve Wieser, have been together for 40 plus years and were a Christian rock band before it was even a well known genre.   With years of honing their skills and producing quality hard, progressive rock music with a message of ministry that is contemporary and not preachy, Sweet Crystal has won 15 Detroit Music Awards, including a coveted 2015 Global Music Award.  Other major awards were Best Performance, Best Artist and Best Recording in the Gospel and Recording Category.


In Bill's Sweet Crystal arsenal, he has both the ISP Totally Blues and Fetish, which he designed, and now also uses the spectacular Theta Pro DSP, a Floor controlled guitar system with a fully programmable digital Theta preamp, Vintage preamp, plus Studio quality effects processing.  Bill not only helped in the design but ISP also included some "Wild Bill" presets.    
While  Sweet Crystal promotes their newest CD, 5 Carat Rock, produced by Chuck Alkazian (Christina Aguilera, Mitch Ryder, Pop Evil) they had the chance to also promote the Theta Pro DSP on-air at The Summit.FM radio station. When asked about the pedal, Bill said,   "The Theta Pro DSP will be my go to preamp for both stage and studio performance.  The versatility of the tone shaping and intelligent speaker sims allows me to voice the guitar exactly where I want it to sit in the music, from clean to crunch to over the top gain."  Besides the amazing tone shaping of the Theta Pro, that fact that it is also "Made In The USA" was of much interest. 
For more information on the ISP Technologies Theta Pro DSP floor pedal, or any ISP product, visit  For more information on Sweet Crystal, visit

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