It may be an especially raucous party at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida tonight, as not only is the "American Idols Live" tour making a stop there, but it is also Crystal Bowersox's birthday. The runner-up from the most recent season of "Idol" turns 25 years old today, and she has managed to pack an incredible narrative into only a quarter-century.
The Ohio native grew up with her twin brother in a small blue collar town and got into music at a very early age. She began playing songs in local bars when she was only 13 years old, and since then she has rarely put down a guitar, whether it was playing small local gigs, busking or performing on "American Idol." She immediately drew the fascination of the "Idol" audience when she first appeared on the show, as she did not match the type of contestant the program normally draws. With the power of her dreadlocks, her honest approach to songs, her laid-back personality and her status as a mother (which earned her the nickname "Mamasox"), she became an early favorite during the show's ninth season. It wasn't always a smooth ride, either, as she nearly left the show after being hospitalized (she has Type 1 diabetes). But she managed to come back, overcome the odds and finish in second place behind winner Lee DeWyze. She has been one of the highlights of the "American Idols Live" tour, rolling out such jams as "What's Up," "Come to My Window" and "My Life Would Suck Without You."
Bowersox had a number of memorable moments on the show, but she managed to outdo Alanis Morissette with her cover of "Hand in My Pocket." Here's hoping she's enjoying a happy birthday and that we get to hear original tracks from Mamasox sooner rather than later.