Bluesy Soulful Singer/Songwriter
Crystal Bowersox has made it her mission to live life and her music to the fullest. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. It is this fortitude and courageous spirit that resonated with millions night after night when the 2010 American Idol runner up took the stage.
There is a sincerity and authenticity about her that just can’t be manufactured. The same can be said about her musical prowess, which has all the markings of a creative force to reckon with who is in it for the long haul. Her rich amalgam of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King.
As early as eight, Crystal Bowersox has recollections of hitting the karaoke hot spots with her mom, performing Patsy Cline hits among others. Although the spotlight shone on Crystal when she appeared on American Idol, she was already a seasoned veteran of the folk circuit before she was on the show. She began performing regularly at ten and by her teens she was gigging steadily. In 2004 she relocated to Chicago where she spent several years honing her skills on Chicago’s North Side, busking at train stations and performing at clubs and bars, as well as internationally. 2010 was a big year for Bowersox, who placed second in one of the nation’s biggest singing competitions, married fellow musician and friend Brian Walker, and released her critically heralded debut record, Farmer’s Daughter.
A busy mom who delicately juggles motherhood and a thriving music career, Crystal admits that the challenge is not always easy. Understanding the importance of taking care of oneself and finding balance, she manages to find the time to knit and do yoga, which she says has helped with both her blood sugar and performances. She also loves to put her culinary skills to the test and has even thought about putting together her own cookbook.
One of the most admirable attributes about Crystal Bowersox is her down-to-earth, no-nonsense, what-you-see is-what-you-get vibe. She honestly loves the exchange with her audience and is thrilled to be hitting the road. “There is a world of difference when you get to meet people, look into their eyes, hear their stories, share your own and make a connection. You can’t beat that.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
‘All That For This’ reflects the ease and comfort Ms. Bowersox now claims in her career…”
New York Times
“Bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…” – Washington Post
“…She has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own.” – New York Times
“Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country…her best moments are…subtle, with a touch of twang and fragility.” – Chicago Tribune