Born and Raised in rural NW Ohio, Crystal Bowersox began her musical journey at the age of 10. She performed her original songs around town in local bars, festivals, and charity functions. At 17, Bowersox packed it up, and spread her country roots into the big city pavement of Chicago, IL, performing in venues from the Subway tunnels, to the stage of the House of Blues. in 2006, The city of Chicago department of cultural affairs chose crystal to represent Chicago Folk music in "Experience Chicago", a weeklong festival held in Birmingham, UK, as part of a Chicago's cultural sharing initiative. While in Chicago, her nights were spent slinging beer at the internationally known Kingston Mines Blues Club, where Bowersox fell in love with the blues, and was often asked to quit working to join the cats on stage. In 2007, Bowersox set off for a month long small cafe tour in Turkey, including Ankara, and Istanbul, as well as a small Cafe Tour in Oaxaca, Mexico.
After years of hesitation and deliberation, and after becoming a single mother in 2009, Bowersox decided to try out for Fox's hit realtiy television show, American Idol. Placing in second, crystal's journey on the show gave way to performances with artists such as Alanis Morrisette, living ledgend Joe Cocker, Harry Conick Jr, and many others.
With her new album Farmer’s Daughter (19/Jive) release December 2010, Crystal has proven herself a competent songwriter with a message, writing songs about her personal experiences, including her original songs such as the first single Farmer's Daughter which chronicles her personal experience of dealing with child abuse.