Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox

Born Crystal Lynn Bowersox on August 4, 1985, in Elliston, Ohio, to parents Bill and Kelly Bowersox. Crystal shares her birthday with her brother, Karl, who is her fraternal twin. Crystal's life started with several difficulties, including her parents' divorce when she and her brother were barely 2 years old. By the age of 6, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

The family struggled with all the adjustments, including tighter finances and new family members. The result was constant fighting. Crystal had a particularly rough time with the changes; she witnessed physical fights between her mother and stepmother, and her father was sent to jail on domestic violence charges after an altercation with Crystal's 15-year-old stepbrother. Bowersox channeled her frustrations into her music, teaching herself how to sing, as well as how to play guitar and harmonica. She began performing professionally at the age of 10, which provided the family extra money. Other gigs followed, including a performance for a skydiver's funeral, for which she was paid half in cash and half in skydiving lessons. The additional income also helped Crystal, who was often teased about her threadbare appearance, to buy her own clothes.

By the time she was a freshman in high school, Crystal had devoted herself completely to her music. She left Oak Harbor High School to attend the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio, where she started writing her own songs - including one she composed as a tribute to her father. By the age of 17, however, Bowersox's home life had deteriorated to the point that she considered dropping out of school and moving out. She stayed home long enough to graduate, then moved to Chicago, Illinois, to perform in local clubs with various bands.

American Idol

She returned to Elliston in 2009, where she began regularly performing with childhood friend and fellow musician Frank May. Her talent helped her snag a win in the Blade Battle of the Bands competition, and her success convinced friends and family that she should audition for the reality competition American Idol. She toyed with the idea for several months, but it wasn't until she became pregnant with her son, Tony, that she decided to compete. "I needed to turn bar gigs into a bigger career," Bowersox later told her local paper. "Kids aren't cheap, and [my son] needs everything I never had growing up."

After giving birth in 2009, Bowersox headed to Chicago to compete. She eventually landed a spot on the ninth season of the show. In March 2010, shortly after landing in the top 10 women finalists, Bowersox developed complications from her diabetes, and had to take a leave of absence from the show to recover. She finished in 2nd place to Lee DeWyze in the show's finale. Not unhappy with the outcome, Bowersox stated, "We both win. Both of us are going to have very successful careers and we're going to be friends for a long time."

Steve Seskin

Steve Seskin is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Kenny Chesney, Collin Raye, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, Mark Wills, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song "Don't Laugh At Me" was a finalist for CMA "Song of the Year" in 1999, and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don't Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include: "I Think About You," "Life's A Dance," "No Doubt About It," "If You've Got Love" and "Grown Men Don't Cry."

me&you

With two backpacks, one guitar, and a month’s supply of whiskey and chocolate, brother and sister Connor and Karlee Hormell found themselves living in a campervan in the backcountry of New Zealand in November of 2016. Luckily, the Sacramento, CA natives found just what they were looking for, a new batch of songs and a new sense of purpose in their music. It was in the van that the siblings planted the seeds for the their americana/folk project, me&you, and wrote their latest EP release, Chasing Trails (July 2018).

After returning to the states, the pair connected with producer Ben Tolliday (Lord Huron, Hozier) in Los Angeles, CA and instantly knew they’d found a home for the songs they’d written on the road. With Tolliday producing the project, the duo recorded the 5 song EP with an all-star cast of musicians; Matt Mayhall (Aimee Mann, drums), Anna Butters (Phoebe Bridgers, bass), Aaron Embry (Willie Nelson, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, keys), and Brett Farkas (Lord Huron, guitar).

Having grown up together playing music, the siblings’ innate harmonies and chemistry on stage naturally lend themselves to the homeyness of their folk, americana, and country roots. Described as a “warm summer night, out having a beer with friends” by Sacramento News and Review, the band’s “instantly infectious, jangly folk-rock” (For Folk’s Sake) has garnered them opportunities to support John Paul White (Civil Wars) and Devin Dawson on tour and open for artists Barns Courtney, Kris Allen, Crystal Bowersox, Robert Ellis, Tyrone Wells, Jon Foreman, Bastille, and Blue October among others.

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