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. “I believe if you stand for something, stand your ground; stand it strong and stand it proud.”
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 blend 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.
All That For This, Crystal Bowersox’s sophomore release and Shanachie Entertainment debut, is a powerful testament to her talents as both a singer and songwriter, as well as her unerring musical vision.
Bowersox’s new recording is a finely crafted and beautifully arranged tapestry that illustrates the dynamic singer’s keen ability to shape a narrative poetically and metaphorically, inviting listeners into her world.
Bowersox rejoices on the sweepingly beautiful Amen for my Friends, speaking to the blessings of friendship. All That For This also includes Dead Weight, featuring Crystal’s rich and emotive alto ringing truth with the potent lyrics, “If you don’t know I’ll tell you now…Don’t go beating dead horses keep steady your course.. if you’re holding on to dead weight it’s just holding you down.” Crystal penned the song Till The Whiskey’s Gone with a dear friend of her husband’s, Austin musician Charlie King. She brings the heat on this rocked out anthem, as only she can. The zen and funky Fall Into Place opens with an insatiable guitar riff and Crystal makes her declaration for independence and bares all on the show stopping bluesy number Moving On. Throughout Bowersox raises the bar as a triple threat adept at shining as a vocalist, composer and guitarist.
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 Farmer’s Daughter. Her recording debut was a powerfully moving and personally revealing recording that dealt with real life issues including childhood abuse, love and life’s everyday challenges.
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