Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox

Bowersox Takes The Reins On New CD With Producer Steve Berlin, Guest Jakob Dylan & Inspired Cast

Here’s The Buzz “Bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice...” -The Washington Post “

...She has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own.” - The New York Times

“Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country…her best moments are…subtle, with a touch of twang and fragility.” – The Chicago Tribune

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 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. 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. She confides, “I am more proud of this body of work then anything I’ve done before. If this music can move someone to tears or makes them smile, then I have really accomplished something. That's all I can ask for.” All That For This is Crystal Bowersox’s emancipation from judgment. It is the manifestation of her own womanhood and enlightenment won through hard fought battles, failures and triumphs. It is the belief that listening to your own inner voice will lead you where you need to be. “I am learning not to judge music and myself so harshly and to not allow myself to be swayed by other’s judgment. I'm trying to listen to my own instincts more often. I can’t convince someone who doesn't like my music to like it, but for the people who do, I want to play them another song,” she says smiling. Until now, the world has witnessed only a portion of Crystal Bowersox’s talent, which was channeled through mainstream pop expectations on her debut release, Farmer’s Daughter. With the highly anticipated release of All That For This (March 26, 2013), produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow, John Lee Hooker, Raul Malo), Bowersox exposes a new dimension of her music. “There are definitely more happier light-hearted moments on this record,” confides the 27-year-old Portland transport. “There are also touches of some of the darkest places and emotional states that I've been in my past. This album reveals a much more grateful and gracious side of me. It's the next chapter of my life.”

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. “I was regularly obliterated by how powerfully Crystal can connect,” says Steve Berlin. “I can say that tears and goose bumps were a fairly everyday occurrence." All That For This showcases originals and co-writes with the exception of a lone cover by the 90s British Pop group, The Sundays, which was suggested by Berlin. “My gut instinct told me it would be beneficial to work with Steve and that I would learn something and the record would be all that I wanted,” explains Crystal.


“Steve brings everything to the table. He is a percussive genius. He thinks of rhythms that would never come to me naturally.” Berlin, who admittedly did not watch American Idol and who was not familiar with Crystal, quickly became a convert. “I really didn't know what to expect from Crystal as far as songwriting, but one listen to the demos and I knew this was no amateur,” says Berlin. “She kind of blew me away with how intelligent and soulful her writing was and once we got into the studio it was obvious she had an amazingly deep connection to the material."
All That For This features many first unions but there is one in particular that was a special highlight for the singer who is originally from Northwest Ohio. Jakob Dylan joins Crystal Bowersox for a duet on her hypnotic country waltz “Stitches.” It was an experience she calls ‘wonderful.’ “I grew up a fan of the Wallflowers,” she says. “I can remember wearing my headphones and walking down the property line on my moms farm listening to Bringing Down The Horse. What his music did for me was give me a place to escape to when times were tough. Working with Jakob was a truly a dream collaboration for me.” Other highlights include the lilting, tender and affirming title track where Crystal croons, “All that I’ve been through was just a stepping stone to where I’m going to…” She angelically sings about her faith in destiny and shows us that sometimes you just have to follow your heart and trust that it will lead you down the right path. “My entire life has been serendipitous. Each moment has led me to the next,” she explains. “There is little to question as to how I have gotten to this place. I have let myself trust in the universe and my instincts have not led me wrong. I am thankful I have learned to listen to my heart the way that I have.”

Bowersox rejoices on the sweepingly beautiful “Amen for my Friends,” speaking to the blessings of friendship. She testifies, “I’ve been down. I’ve been out and nowhere. I’ve been on my knees begging for some kind of peace. People come- people go but one thing's for sure, if I need you you’ll be there I know. Amen for my friends!” 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. Steve Berlin adds, “She was never anything but amazing. Her time and feel were unerring and that's her guitar you hear on every single track!” Both Crystal Bowersox and Steve Berlin are Portland based and The City of Roses provided fertile ground for their creative vision to germinate. With assistance from recording engineer Jeremy Sherrer, the duo called upon many of the city’s finest cutting edge musicians to create an inspiring band. Some of the artists include drummer Scott McPherson (Beck, Bright Eyes, She & Him), bassist Dave Depper (Loch Lomond, Blue Giant, Mirah), guitarist Paul Rigby (Neko Case, A.C. Newman, Jakob Dylan) pianist/keyboardist Asher Fulero (Halo Refuser, Everyone Orchestra) and vocalist and multi instrumentalist Jans Ingber (Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter, Joshua Redman, Art Neville). “I’ve met a lot of great people working on this record,” states Bowersox. “From my musical peers and others in Portland, I have learned so much from their attitudes about life and their work ethic. It’s easier going here and that is something I really needed to incorporate into my life.” As early as eight, Crystal Bowersox has recollections of hitting the karaoke hot spots with her mom, performing Patsy Cline hits among others. She recalls, “Music was always there and there wasn’t anything else I ever wanted to do.” 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.

Crystal shares, “I feel like I’m finally achieving a sense of balance in my life and it's making itself evident in my new material. My career is really still in its infancy and the possibilities are limitless. The silvery residue from Idol has faded a bit and now it's all about what's true and real in my world. I'm paying way more attention to the things that really matter and making more of my decisions based in kindness and love. My son has taught me so much about that, how strong I can be, even in my weakest moments.” In 2012, Crystal was featured on Blues Traveler's release, Suzie Cracks the Whip, where she performed a lively duet with Harmonica virtuoso John Popper on the song "I Don't Wanna Go." She also quietly released an acoustic five song EP titled Once Upon a Time with long time friend, bassist and collaborator Frankie May. The material featured pre-American Idol recordings. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age six, Crystal Bowersox has played an active role in advocating awareness and education for the disease. “Initially I did not want to dive into that role and tell the world. There were some issues of shame and embarrassment. It’s a lonely disease, you feel like you’re the only one who has it sometimes,” she says. “I want people to know that they are not alone and that people from all walks of life have to deal with Type 1 Diabetes. I know what kids and adults with this disease are going through. I want people to know that it is important to know how to care for your body. I am happy to be a voice. It brings joy to my world to be able to help people.” 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. She adds, “I am health conscious and I do my best to take care of my body in every way I can.” She also believes in taking care of our planet. “Somehow this year I plan to wean our household off fossil fuel. Not sure how quite yet but it's something that's important to me, and most important for my son, and all of our children.” 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 in support of All That For This. “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.” With a new CD, national tour and some high profile acting ambitions in sight for 2013, it looks like the sky is the limit. Bowersox concludes, “I hope this music thing works out because I am a really bad waitress. I am rooting for music!”

Sabrina Lentini

Southern California native, Sabrina Lentini, is a singer/songwriter who has enchanted and captivated audiences with her unique and mature style. Her music displays a mix between Folk, Rock & Roll and Pop and portrays a wisdom that surpasses her fifteen years.

Her passion for music started at a very young age with singing. She began playing the guitar at age 10, wrote her very first song shortly after, and has continued to write and perform ever since. Not your average young musician, Sabrina is greatly influenced by artists that most her age are unaware of, such as Melanie Safka and Janis Joplin. She also pulls her musical inspiration from more current musicians like Colbie Caillat, KT Tunstall and John Mayer.

Sabrina recently participated in “Majors and Minors,” a reality based TV series on The HUB network. She was one of twelve young performers chosen from a nationwide search of over 40,000. During the course of the show, she received advice and direction from talented stars such as Jordin Sparks, will.i.am, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, Avril Lavigne, and many more.

As a fifteen-year-old artist just beginning her career, Sabrina has already written numerous original songs and is constantly working on new material to share at her performances. She has recently self-released her first EP, No Price For Love, along with her first music video for the title song of the EP.

With a “Best Youth Artist” nomination for the OC Music Awards, 2013 is already proving to be a fantastic year for Sabrina. She is poised for success and very enthusiastic about the opportunities to come.

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Singer-songwriter and Grammy® nominee Seth Glier knows the challenges of emerging into adulthood all too well. Over the course of just a few short years, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows as well as major folk festivals, all culminating in a nod from the Grammys® this year for the work he did on his sophomore record, THE NEXT RIGHT THING. Having spent the majority of his teens and early twenties on the road, the now 24-year-old Massachusetts native describes his new album THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW as "a reckoning with adulthood."

THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW offers one young man's perspective through expertly crafted stories entwined with exceptional musicianship and rife with incredible lyrical detail. Glier's songs aim straight for the gut and cast light on the challenges of adult life, through the lens of the everyday person.

For his third album on MPress Records, Glier opened himself for the first time to the opportunity of working with co-writers. As he explains: "I co-wrote a tune with Livingston Taylor, and a few with Ellis Paul and Marshall Altman. I'm very protective of my words, so co-writing seemed scary, but in the end I trusted these writers and we found a common vision." Glier, who has received two Independent Music Awards for his previous works, self-produced this LP, THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW with longtime collaborator Ryan Hommel and brought on Grammy® Nominee John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Stephen Kellogg) to mix and master.

Since the release of 2011's THE NEXT RIGHT THING, Glier has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Edwin McCain. A troubadour in every sense of the word, he plays over 250+ shows a year, and when it came time to pen this record he decided to do it from the road. Bits and pieces of songs were strewn across state lines, sung into mattresses, recorded in one fan's kitchen in Cleveland and on another's rooftop in San Francisco. As Glier asserts, "I wanted 'Things I Should Let You Know' to be a transformative experience for the listeners and I knew it couldn't be if I wasn't being transformed along the way."

The title THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW might suggest something secretive, or that the young songsmith has something to hide. However, as Glier is quick to clarify, in fact the opposite is true. "This record is about confession, it's about baring all your skeletons in the light of day, making some much needed room in your closet, and living wide open."

The album's opener and title track is a stark confession accompanied by layered vocals and a hushed and haunting musical arrangement. One of the last songs composed for the album, it marks a brash departure from formula and sets the listener up for an expansive ride full of cinematic twists and turns. From the driving, story-telling pop of "Man I Used To Be" to the uplifting, New Orleans-influenced "New World I See", Glier's impressive range as a vocalist, pianist and guitarist stirs the listener to reflection, the same way writing it did for Seth.

As a national spokesperson for the Autism Speaks, an advocate for Musicians On Call, and with a ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip 2012 stop under his belt, Glier has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. Not surprisingly, when pressed for what song he is most proud of on the album, Glier chooses the Woody Guthrie-inspired "Plastic Soldiers" "because it's definitely the most political song on the record." In his signature narrative style, Glier sings from the point of view of a father and soldier, coming to terms with his choices in life and refusing to lead his son down the same path.

On the chilling and intimate "Too Hard To Hold The Moon", Glier gets incredibly personal, dropping the character shield and revealing that the track "is about my Mom and Dad…about my Mom standing by my father as he learns to live in sobriety."

Everything comes full circle with the album's powerful closer, "I Am Only As Loved As I Am Open". Amidst a swirling drone of harmonium, pump organ and bowing strings, Seth Glier ascends into adulthood by delivering his most mature collection of songs yet - revering acceptance and reveling in self-discovery.

THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW is available nationwide. For an updated tour schedule and Seth's complete discography, visit www.sethglier.com.

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