Crystal Bowersox, an alum of Season 9 of American Idol, went directly from that stage to the recording studio and on to stardom.
Bowersox’s emotive folk-rock-country style catapulted her from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago to millions of homes across the United States when she placed second on American Idol. Her old soul of a voice, carefree style and “don’t mess with me” attitude set her apart from the other contestants and landed the self-taught songstress performances with Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr. and Alanis Morissette.
Bowersox lives life and her music to the fullest. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music. “I believe if you stand for something,” she says, “stand your ground—stand it strong and stand it proud.” All That for This, her sophomore release, was a powerful testament to her talents as both a singer and songwriter. Until that album’s release, the world had witnessed only a portion of her talent, which was channeled through mainstream pop expectations on her debut release, Farmer’s Daughter. On All That for This, produced by Steve Berlin (Sheryl Crow, John Lee Hooker, Los Lobos, Raul Malo) and featuring a duet with Wallflowers’ front man Jakob Dylan, Bowersox exposed a new dimension of her music.
In 2017, Bowersox released ALIVE, capturing her captivating, fiery performance style on 14 live tracks. Most recently, Crystal released the first single from her long awaited, upcoming album, HitchHiker, to be released in fall of 2020. The single, “Courage to Be Kind,” was written with accomplished songwriter and personal hero, Steve Seskin. Bowersox continues to perform all over the world, playing hundreds of shows every year.
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