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Crystal Bowersox

Taking cues from her favorite songwriters -- including Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin, and Sista Otis -- Crystal Bowersox brought a relaxed, folksy vibe to the ninth season of American Idol. Although she auditioned for the show in Chicago, Bowersox grew up five hours east in Elliston, Ohio, a small town with fewer than 100 residents. She began writing songs as a ten-year-old and, by her early teens, had formed a band with her brothers. Dubbed “Oldinuph” -- a name that poked fun at their own adolescence -- the siblings played shows throughout Ottawa County for several years, with Bowersox writing most of their original material. She eventually moved to Chicago at the age of 17, looking to pursue her career in a bigger city.

Bowersox spent five years in Chicago before moving back home to give birth to her son, Tony. She continued performing in local venues, though, and auditioned for American Idol during a weekend trip to Chicago in 2009. Although her blonde dreadlocks and earthy vocals made her a rarity among most Idol contenders, Bowersox quickly became an audience favorite, breezing through each round of the competition with performances of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and other rootsy songs. Following Siobhan Magnus' elimination in early May, Bowersox was the only female contestant left, and she eventually finished as the runner-up to American Idol champion Lee DeWyze. Her debut album, Farmer's Daughter, appeared later that year. Farmer's Daughter received a standard post-Idol media push, but the album failed to turn into a hit. The following year, RCA records went under a restructuring that left Bowersox without a record label. In 2012, she signed with Shanachie Records and the label teamed her with producer Steve Berlin (best-known as a member of Los Lobos), and the resulting record, All That for This, showed up in March of 2013. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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There is no doubt Chrystal should have won Idol. There was this big push to put through Lee DeWyze, but he didn't have her skills at all. I was amazed with her talent from the first time she got on stage.
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john11640
Heard her live in Homer NY on a small stage. One of the best live performances I've ever heard! Fantastic, girl.
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Crystal should of won Idol, great music flawless performances !
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American Idol is for Suck Ups, Crystal is meant for something more, something amazing, her songs touch the soul and her band feeds the Soul, AMAZING TALENT!!
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mccat62
One of my favorite voices ever. I love Bonnie Raitt, but Crystal is different enough to stand on her own. She should have won Idol. LOVE her!
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She sings with the most ease I've ever heard!
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I do believe she should have won on Idol. She is an amazing singer. I would go to her concert if it were near Belleville, Michigan or even travel back to my hometown of the Quad Cities, Illinois
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mfrost05
Saw her The Kessler in Dallas recently. Amazing!
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Her dads my neighbor :)
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Had the amazing opportunity to meet and have a drink with Crystal this past weekend. She is as cool a person as her music is. No gimmicks with this girl!!
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don't get to meet many gems like Crystal - you rock girl!
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I ♥ Crystal :) She is amazing!!!
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Crystal is the best!
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lOVE IT really hope to hear her on the radio
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love, love, love Crystal, she should have won American Idol, so glad to see her put out a second album, i will be purchasing it shortly!!
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Welcome to Portland, (it just got even more cool ) we love you ! plan on catching your show at the Alladin
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First time to hear Speak Now by Crystal. Really nice tune.
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Crystal was by far my favorite performer on Idol....ever ! Anxious for a second CD.
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cmm1965
LOVE LOVE LOVE her and her voice!!!!!!! Excellent
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Met her last week in Michigan! What a great artist and human being!
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Crystal definitely should've won her season of Idol. I like Lee, but Crystal was THE best that year!
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Tonight I saw you in a small outdoor ampitheater in Shawnee, OK. A great night I'll always remember. I wish you great success.
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dont stop girl
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the moment i heard you - i was hooked....lo v e love love you....such a pure and phenomental voice.....yo u go girl!!!!
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trkit55
First time I heard ya and saw ya on tv new you where comming from deep down with in your self an new you will go so far as your soul will take ya into infinity true artist thanks for great music
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angelmariesm i a
you are a joy to listen to ......so glad you stay true to you !
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daniel7877
WOW! since I first heard you on A.I. I was struck! Wishing you the best.
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acharacter
Just love this girl and her phenomenal voice!
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lafavors1
Her voice is like sugar for my ears!
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Bowersox is so good and she is a great lyricists too.
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recee.montgo m e r y
love her style and sound wish we could get more of her on radio or guest on shows anyword on future plans or appearences anywhere
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emberkey5
I Can't wait to see you at the Oregon Garden!!!
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Love her sound.
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alycia3392
love ya
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Crystal Bowersox is definitely one of the future's best singer/songw r i t e r s . I love her earthy tone and folksy style. Looking forward to many more great albums from her for years to come!
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First time I heard her music I liked it.> Keep up the great music
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justlaurie82 7
I knew the first time i heard her trying out for IDOL that she was going places. She has the balls to do something with her music that i never did with mine. God Bless Crystal!
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Finally heard a good song come from this disc. "Kiss Ya" is a good piece of work. Crystal is so good that I'm sure I'm not the only one that was disappointed by this disc, but I'm not trashing her at all. "Kiss Ya" is very good & I'm hoping that she works out the kinks before her next one.
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Keep on making your music. Love your voice. Sing ii!!!! :)))
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can we download songs from this site. my first time here
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kmalford34
She shoulda won. But then again, most of the winners didn't go so far in the real music world. So, go get em girl! I betcha you sell a helluva lot more than DeWyze any day!
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So glad to see that "You made it" .......Keep striving!!!
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lafavors1
Crystal Bowersox is music for the soul! Love it!
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She is just Amazing!!! Love her.......si n g it Crystal!!!
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shada1949
Absolutely love her voice and songs--what a talent!
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Crystal knocked my Bowersox off on American Idol! Amazing voice. She completely blew away Lee D. in my opinion. Good luck Crystal.
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I love her voice, genuity, her spirit and the I wanna do it my way attitude. Meaning that she takes advice but stays true to herself. Love her! Please come to Portland, OR for a concert!
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kdresser2
love her, love her, what a voice and she just makes the songs so real. Janis joplin would be so proud

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