Bowersox contributes ‘Holy Toledo’ to Red Cross CDWritten by Evan Brune | | email@example.com
Talking on the phone from California, Crystal Bowersox doesn’t sound like a 27-year-old music star. She sounds like a mom.
“Quick, go get your shoes on!” she says to Tony, her 4-year-old son.“He’s 4 and a quarter. Don’t forget the quarter,” she laughs.
Bowersox contributed “Holy Toledo,” one of her signature songs, to Toledo Free Press’ benefit album, “Red, White & You.”
“I thought it’d be the best song for the cause,” she said. “When I play it in my hometown, people sing along to it. It doesn’t matter where I play, people sing along. I love that.”
Three years after “American Idol,” Bowersox said she has learned a lot.
“I would have definitely appreciated Toledo more if I knew what I do now, but I don’t live with regrets. I try not to live that way. I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason,” she said. “You find a sense of normalcy. It’s nice to be working in the industry you want to work in.”
Bowersox’s first album, “Farmer’s Daughter,” was released in 2010. Her latest album, “All That For This,” was released March 26.
“It was just a collection of songs,” she said. “I’m always writing.”
“All That For This” was produced by Steve Berlin, a member of the band Los Lobos. The album was recorded at Klickitat Studios in Portland, Ore.
“I gave Steve access to the songs I’ve written since I was 10. He picked songs from 2006, songs that I never thought would be on an album,” Bowersox said. “All his work really created this sound I’d never heard before. He’s taken songs of mine and crafted them into incredible pieces of work.”
Bowersox has also been chosen to portray country music legend Patsy Cline in a Broadway production of “Always … Patsy Cline.”
“Well, we, my team and I, got a call from a Broadway stage, asking if I wanted to play Patsy Cline,” she said. “I could not turn down an opportunity like that. Right now, it’s set for the fall. I’m really, really excited about it.”
In addition to her music career, Bowersox is known for her involvement in Type 1 diabetes awareness campaigns. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6.
“I try to help the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in any way I can,” she said. “I want to help these kids and support the things they do. You know, you’re given a platform, and if you don’t use it, that’s not cool.”
Bowersox said she plans to continue writing, as well as working on her projects.
“I’m working with a lot of writers I really admire. [They have] just really amazing talent,” she said. “I’ve got a really exciting project going on. I’m working on a Christmas song.”
Bowersox visits Toledo as often as she can.
“I come back on a pretty regular basis. I live my life pretty much the way anyone else would,” she said. “When I get back, I’m either getting tattoos at Infinite Art or hanging out around the bonfire, having some good family time. Being far away has its challenges. I’m sure my mom would like to see her grandson more often. With technology, though, like Skype, we make it work. If all my contacts were in Toledo, I’d live in Toledo.”
Bowersox said she’s been through some challenges. On May 6, she and her husband of two-and-a-half years, Brian Walker, announced their divorce.
“Gracefully. I think that’s the only way you can deal with it,” Bowersox said. “You just try to take the high road and not say negative things. You just have to move on compassionately.”
Her other challenge is balancing her career with her son.
“[Tony] comes to shows and wants to be a little roadie. He gets to meet all kinds of different people and travel to all sorts of places,” she said. “I think his life will be all the richer for these experiences.”
Her son isn’t able to attend every concert, though, which means time spent apart.
“It’s hard to be away, but it’s all for him,” she said.
Bowersox said she hopes to come back to Toledo.
“Someday I’ll be back home.”
Until that day, people can hear her sing about the Glass City on the “Red, White & You” track “Holy Toledo.”