Crystal Bowersox will release her debut album, Farmer’s Daughter (19 Recordings, Jive Records) on December 14th.
The 2010 American Idol runner-up’s set includes her original song, “Holy Toledo,” a song she performed on the show as well as the arresting title track which chronicles her personal experience of dealing with child abuse.[ Also Read: Michael Grimm Set to Release New Album ]
Fans and Idol viewers know Crystal is a talented singer, but Farmer’s Daughter further establishes her as a truly gifted songwriter, said Jive Records on Wednesday.
Farmer’s Daughter was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach).[ Also Read: American Idol Lee DeWyze’s Live It Up Album ]
After finishing up the 2010 American Idol Live Tour, Bowersox headed to New Jersey to begin production on her debut. The twelve tracks, ten of them written or co-written by Bowersox, showcase her songwriting skills.[ Also Read: Susan Boyle Coming with the Gift in November ]
The album also contains eight songs written solely by Crystal, two co-writes, an additional track by Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger titled “Hold On” and a cover of Buffalo Springfield ‘s 1967 classic “For What It’s Worth.”[ Also Read: Country Girl Wants You to Like Her ]
One song is “Mason,” a song Bowersox co-wrote with her husband Brian Walker, which they performed together at their recent nuptials.
Farmer’s Daughter Tracklisting:
- Ridin With The Radio
- For What It’s Worth
- Farmer’s Daughter
- Holy Toledo
- Hold On
- On The Run
- Kiss Ya
- Speak Now
- Mine All Mine
Born and raised in rural northwest Ohio, 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, she moved to Chicago, IL, performing in venues ranging from subway platforms to the House Of Blues.
In 2006, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs chose Crystal to represent Chicago folk music in “Experience Chicago,” in Birmingham, England, as part of their Sister Cities program.
In 2007, Crystal went on a month-long, independent Small Cafe tour, including Ankara, Istanbul and Oaxaca, Mexico. After becoming a single mother in 2009, Bowersox successfully tried out for American Idol and went on to place second.
In addition to her work with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Girl Up!, Jive Records says, Bowersox found time to write a moving Op Ed piece for CNN.com about her struggles with bullying and how that kind of behavior can impact young people.