The dreadlocked singer came close to walking away with the American Idol Season 9 title. Each week, Crystal Bowersox consistently delivered pitch-perfect performances which won over the voting public. She was a contestant type not seen on the Idol stage before, and it brought a breath of fresh air to the aging singing competition.
Despite placing second to Lee DeWyze, Crystal looks to overtake the Season 9 winner where it counts… the sales charts. Her debut album “Farmer’s Daughter” hit store shelves on December 14, it looks to move around 50K units its debut week. Not great, but better than DeWyze’s record low sales for an Idol winner or runner-up.
Nicknamed Mamasox during her Idol run, her autobiographical lead single and title track perfectly captures her Mama image on the show. The folk-rock tune, written by Crystal, is a “bluntly and brutally honest” account of her tumultuous relationship with her mother. The Meiert Avis-directed video carries on the same “healing cycle” message found in the lyrics.
Here’s a quote from an interview she gave MTV:
“When I wrote the song is when all of those emotions left me… I don’t carry them around in my heart. It’s not part of me as a person … so every time I sing the song, it floods back in, which gives passion for the performance, but when the song’s over, I’m back to smiling, happy, bubbly me.”
What do you think of Crystal’s first post-Idol offering? Does she what have what it takes to compete with the grand dames of female Idol winners including Kelly, Fantasia, Carrie or Jordan? I know she didn’t win, but in my eyes she did.