Crystal Bowersox in Toledo, Ohio
|Birth name||Crystal Lynn Bowersox|
|Born||August 4, 1985|
|Origin||Elliston, Ohio, United States|
|Genres||Rock, indie folk, acoustic, blues, gospel, soul, blues-rock, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, flute|
|Labels||Jive/19 (2010-2011) |
Shanachie Records (2012-)
Crystal Lynn Bowersox (born August 4, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol. She is the third runner-up to never be in the bottom 3 in the Idol series, and the first female finalist in three years.
 Early life
Bowersox and her twin brother, Carl, were born in Elliston, Ohio. She attended Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio, and later attended the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio. She was in choir and played flute in the school marching band. Bowersox performed her first professional gig at the age of 10. She appeared at local bars in Toledo, most popularly Papa's Tavern, and The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio. At the age of 17, she moved to Chicago looking for opportunity. She most commonly played as a busker at several train stations, including the Washington and Lake Redline stops. She frequented open mics, such as the Uncommon Ground Clark and Grace, and Devon locations. She also played extensively in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. In 2006, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs chose Bowersox to represent Chicago folk musicians in the Sister Cities program "Experience Chicago", held in Birmingham, England. In 2007, Bowersox traveled internationally on an independent small cafe tour, including Memphis, Tennessee, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey.
 American Idol
On March 2, 2010, Bowersox was hospitalized because of complications from type 1 diabetes, forcing a last minute switch in scheduling to give her extra time to recuperate. Bowersox confirmed the illness on the May 19, 2010 results show during an interview with host Ryan Seacrest. The men competed that day instead of the women. She sang the next day and impressed all of the judges.
Bowersox is the first female contestant to make it to the finale since Jordin Sparks won the title in 2007. She is also the first contestant in American Idol history to have one of their original songs played on the show, or at least during their hometown package. Crystal's original song "Holy Toledo" was played on the May 19 Top 3 Results show as the background music for her homecoming package - when she returned to Toledo, Ohio and Elliston, Ohio the previous weekend - and segued into her live performance of the same song at "Bowerstock".
During her time on Idol, Bowersox dated Tony Kusian, but the couple broke up just hours before the Idol finale.
On the final performance day, in Simon Cowell's final critique on American Idol, he called her performance of "Up to the Mountain" "outstanding" and "by far, the best performance and song of the night".
- ^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one 'save' for Michael Lynche, the Top 9 remained intact for another week.
- ^Note 2 Though Crystal Bowersox was the last contestant announced to be 'safe' and moving on to the Top 3, Ryan Seacrest stressed on the Top 4 Results Night that 'safe' contestants would be announced "in no particular order." Thus, the audience has no way of knowing which of the Top 3 was the second-lowest vote-getter that night after Michael Lynche, who was eliminated.
- ^Note 3 Song selected by Ellen DeGeneres.
 Post-Idol career
On May 27, 2010, one day after Bowersox's second place Idol finish, it was announced that she had signed with Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment and with Jive Records. Her single "Up to the Mountain" has since been released to radio stations and iTunes.
 2010-12: Farmer's Daughter
On October 7, 2011 RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, all other artists previously signed to these three labels would see their future material released under the RCA Records brand. However, Bowersox was not one of the artists who made the move, and was instead left without a record label.
An EP of pre-Idol recordings called Once Upon a Time... was released in June 2012.
She was a guest on the Blues Traveler album Suzie Cracks the Whip performing back-up vocals on the song "I Don't Wanna Go" and appeared with them in concert at their July 4, 2012 concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.
 2012-present: All That for This
On January 7, 2013, it was confirmed that Bowersox's sophomore studio album, All That for This, would be released March 26, 2013. The album was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and features Jakob Dylan. Bowersox debuted the first single from the album, "Dead Weight," on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on February 5, 2013. Bowersox told Seacrest, "This song means more to me than even I can completely comprehend."
 Studio albums
|2013||All That for This||—||—||—||—|
 Digital albums
|2010||Season 9 Favorite Performances||6||38|| |
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Extended plays
|2012||Once Upon a Time...|| |
|2010||"Up to the Mountain"||57||47||non-album single|
|"Farmer's Daughter"||—||73||Farmer's Daughter|
|2011||"Ridin' with the Radio"||—||—|
|2013||"Dead Weight"||—||—||All That for This|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Digital singles
|2010||"Falling Slowly" (with Lee DeWyze)||66||70||non-album single|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
 Music videos
|2010||"Farmer's Daughter"||Meiert Avis|
|2011||"Mine All Mine"||n/a|
|2011||Body of Proof||Zoe Brant||Episode: "Second Chances"|
 Awards and nominations
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Female Reality/Variety Star||Nominated|
 Personal life
Bowersox and musician Brian Walker were married on October 10, 2010, at Uncommon Ground Café in Chicago, the restaurant where the couple had met six years earlier while both performing at Open Mic Night.
- American idyll. Chicago Tribune. April 29, 2010. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
- Alex Strachan (May 21, 2010). "Bowersox an Idol to idolize". The Vancouver Sun. http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/Bowersox+Idol+idolize/3056262/story.html. Retrieved July 30, 2010.
- Bella Horton (March 3, 2010). "Crystal Bowersox Hospital: 2010 American Idol Contestant Hospitalized for Diabetes?". CNN. http://cnmnewsnetwork.com/11618/crystal-bowersox-hospital-2010-american-idol-contestant-hospitalized-for-diabetes/. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- "Crystal Bowersox's 'American Idol' Future Uncertain". Associated Press. March 3, 2010. http://www.billboard.com/news/crystal-bowersox-s-american-idol-future-1004072425.story#/news/crystal-bowersox-s-american-idol-future-1004072425.story. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- "Crystal Bowersox Wows "Idol" Judges". Associated Press. March 4, 2010. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/04/entertainment/main6264861.shtml. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- James Montgomery (March 9, 2010). "Crystal Bowersox's 'Give Me One Reason' Dominates 'American Idol'". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1633573/20100309/story.jhtml. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
- 'Idolatry': Breaking down the Crystal-Lee finale (and bidding adieu to Casey) on 'American Idol'. May 22, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- "Crystal Bowersox and Boyfriend Split Before Idol Finale". People. 2010-05-27. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20420919,00.html. Retrieved 2010-09-25.
- "Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze dish on judges' picks, why viewers should vote for them". USA Today. May 20, 2010. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/05/crystal-bowersox-and-lee-dewyze-dish-on-judges-picks-why-viewers-should-vote-for-them/1/. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- 'American Idol' recap: Film Schooled. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
- ‘American Idol’ Finalists Sign Record Deals May 28, 2010
- Christman, Ed (2011-08-23). "RCA's New Executive Team Named Under CEO Peter Edge Amid Layoffs (Update)". Billboard.biz. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/rca-s-new-executive-team-named-under-ceo-1005324782.story. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. http://www.fmqb.com/article.asp?id=2268707. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- Crystal Bowersox Previews Body of Proof Role: 'I Felt Pretty Guilty When I Was Being Interrogated'
- Crystal Bowersox Makes Her Acting Debut on Body of Proof: "I Was Pretty Insecure"
- 4 WKS (2012-10-03). "American Idol's Crystal Bowersox Signs Label Deal With Shanachie". Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-crystal-bowersox-signs-376098. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- Mansfield, Bryan. "Crystal Bowersox unveils new single". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/idolchatter/2013/02/05/crystal-bowersox-new-single-dead-weight/1894733/. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- "Twitter / crystalbowersox: @Ronda73 " farmers daughter"". Twitter.com. http://twitter.com/crystalbowersox/status/28851011617. Retrieved 2012-11-01.
- American Idol: With Scotty McCreery's Successful Debut, Did Universal Learn From Sony's Mistakes?
- Trust, Gary (June 3, 2010). "Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media.
- Caulfield, Keith (June 2, 2010). "'Idols' Lee DeWyze, Crystal Bowersox Impact Billboard Charts". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. http://www.billboard.com/news/idols-lee-dewyze-crystal-bowersox-impact-1004094995.story. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
- "Crystal Bowersox Gets Married!". People. 2010-10-10. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20433323,00.html. Retrieved 2010-10-16.