Crystal Bowersox: Life is Just her Stage

Crystal Bowersox may currently pay her taxes to the Oregon state government, but Toledo welcomed her home in early March for a concert and fundraiser for her alma mater, Toledo School for the Arts.

Kicking off her tour at the Seagate Convention Center in support of her (at the time unreleased) album "All That for This," Crystal treated the hometown crowd to live versions of the entire new record weeks before it was available for sale. However, some perceptive Toledoans may have recognized the song, "Home," a version of which Crystal performed in 2011 at The Valentine Theatre.

The only nod to her debut album, "Farmer's Daughter," was a performance of Glass City-favorite "Holy Toledo." The song, written pre-Idol, remains a battle cry for local fans inspired by Crystal and her rise from the ashes of a past plagued by pain and struggle. Crystal's friend and local bass master, Frankie May, joined her on stage for a trio of songs from their 2012 EP, "Once Upon a Time." For the conclusion of her main set before the encore, Crystal also invited a choir from Toledo School for the Arts to sing a powerful rendition of her new song, "Everything Falls into Place." Crystal stressed that keeping the arts in schools is crucial, saying that it no doubt saved her life at a time when she felt lost and struggled for direction.

Keep an eye out for Crystal as she prepares for the next stage in her journey, playing the role of Patsy Cline on Broadway.

Crystal may have shifted gears and left "Holy Toledo," but she knows she always has a home here.

Check out all my photos here, as well as the set list below.

Crystal Bowersox Setlist Seagate Convention Center, Toledo, OH, USA 2013

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