An evening with the American Idols: Crystal Bowersox and special guest, Rhode Island's own: Erika Van Pelt!
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."
Erika Van Pelt released her debut album “My Independence” in the fall of 2013, and it began another chapter in her solo career. Drawing influence from a myriad of different artists, Van Pelt has done what many artists are afraid of doing, creating a record that breaks down the boundaries of genre-specific songs and allowing herself to express her deep appreciation of soul, rock, blues, funk, pop, indie, and even hip-hop.
In 2011, Erika’s ambition led her to the Pittsburgh auditions for the eleventh season of American Idol. She escaped elimination after elimination, fighting all the way into the Top 10. She has been called one of the season’s “most underrated” contestants, and her talent and passion were highlighted on the season’s international American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012. Erika performed many songs, but her triumphant moment, a “not to be missed standout” (Hollywood Reporter) was her cover of P!nk’s “Glitter In the Air”. The song meant so much to her, that she produced her own arrangement of the lesser known tune on her debut album, dedicating the cover to her Idol journey. When asked about making the record, Van Pelt said “As soon as I got back from the Philippines, I had a talk with myself. [I thought]: “You can go one or two ways, Erika — you can be the stagnant pool on the edge of the rolling river or you can get rocking and rolling. I feel like no one who has ever been successful has done it by standing by and watching things happen. I like to be proactive. I don’t like to just talk about things. I am a doer.” That’s exactly what she did.
Now 28, this singer-songwriter from RI has had quite an exciting beginning to 2014, with lots of new music on the way, teaming up with an arsenal of talented artists from all over the world, and collaborating both in the studio and on stage. Stay tuned!
Caroline Glaser is known for being a top 16 contestant on Season 4 of The Voice, and was a tremendous fan favorite! This is what she has to say about her music: "I'd really kept to myself about my music. I never wanted to be a superstar, I just wanted those with willing ears to listen. Music is such an amazing outlet. I'm not the best at speaking my heart, but through music, I am free."
Before the show, join us for a pre-show buffet catered by one of Rhode Island's finest caterers, Amalfi Catering! Click here to see the full menu.
Tickets: $22 / $27
Tickets Available from: Friday, July 18, 2014
CRYSTAL BOWERSOX MEET & GREET: An additional $50
**Please note the $50 does NOT include admission to the show.
The meet & greet will start 1 hour before doors and will include:
An Acoustic song performed by Crystal
Question and Answer time
Photo op with Crystal
Signing with Crystal
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Park Theatre Box Office
848 Park Avenue, Cranston RI 02910
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