Crystal Bowersox - 101.9 Miracle on State Street Pre-Party - Chicago

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Crystal Bowersox performed at the 101.9 FM Miracle on State street Pre-party tonight at Block 37 Shops in Chicago IL.

The set list included: “Mine All Mine”, “Ridin with the Radio”, “Kiss Ya”, “Farmer’s Daughter” and on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Crystal played the flute for the first time since high school!

After the jump, Crystal sings her single “Farmer’s Daughters”. I’ll post more videos as they arrive.

UPDATE: Added “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Video Source: Fyshy, renatapodh

Video After the JUMP…

Farmer’s Daughter

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Soundcheck

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Kiss Ya

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  • mozart4898

    I don’t know whether to be excited or scared that Crystal played the flute for the first time since high school. Lol. In all seriousness though, I think it’d actually be kinda cool if she’d go back to the piano again once in a while, in addition to guitar and harmonica…and if by some chance she’s actually a killer flute player and it’d fit the song (which wouldn’t happen often), why not?

  • plays strings

    Just watched the “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” video. What a treat. You can just see her and Frankie’s joy in the music. Flute needs a little work but it was pure fun. Too bad more people didn’t witness it, some great music. I’ll be replaying this one a few times.

  • istersay

    I really enjoyed the Christmas song :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVpU7Batcg

  • neartist

    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was very lovely!

  • mozart4898

    I posted before the HYAMLC video was up – I love her take on the song, I was glad to see she didn’t just do it totally straight. Crystal could probably do a great Christmas album. I’m sure some people will think she oversang it a bit though :-P Would like to hear how it would sound on a studio recording.

    The flute…ehhh lol Crystal, need to work on that a bit more if you’re going to bring that out more often. Again though her ideas work quite well – her jazz take on the song would work very well with a flute solo and flute + acoustic guitar is a great combo. It definitely was fun though.

  • cookcricket

    Awwwww, I loved HYAMLC!!! Okay, I just realized my dream Christmas Album would have Crystal, Kris and David Cook on it. :D JMO. Kris and David have both done amazing covers of Christmas songs too. I’ll go back to dreaming now.;)

  • mozart4898

    Awwwww, I loved HYAMLC!!! Okay, I just realized my dream Christmas Album would have Crystal, Kris and David Cook on it. JMO. Kris and David have both done amazing covers of Christmas songs too. I’ll go back to dreaming now.;)

    You know, I never really thought about it but if they released a Christmas album that was a compilation of a bunch of different Idols (each one doing a song, or maybe a duet or two), it’d probably sell like crazy. All those different fanbases to draw from potentially and then in addition, you’ve got the bonus that generally the Idols all are very good singers, so the quality should be quite good. I’d always just thought of it in terms of a single artist releasing a whole Christmas album, but this isn’t a bad idea at all. Lol, someone with Twitter, give them that idea ;-)

  • Brian_C82

    Possibly the worst version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” I’ve ever heard. I hate how she basically shouts her way through the entire song. You can take the singer out of the coffee shop, but you can’t take the coffee shop out of the singer.

  • fictitiousreality

    I love jazzy crystal :) Wonderful to see Frankie on her guitar, very very cool indeed. And no, she didn’t over-sing it, she knows she has an instrument and she fully utilizes that. She really needs to do a live album, like right now.

    Also heres Kiss Ya from that show. I love the wailing background singing by Frankie, nice little touch. Also they slowed the tempo and changed a bit here and there. Its really bluesy now, I think I am gonna like this track a lot on the album :=)

    Kiss Ya:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0JN4U0zN4

    A more clearer Video of HYAMLC:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiVpU7Batcg

  • Brian_C82

    Crystal didn’t oversing the Christmas song. She butchered it like a lamb being led to slaughter. This girl should stick to her second-rate Janis Joplin covers, because she can’t handle songs that require a melodic voice. Crystal also has a poor sense of cadence and rhythm, which makes her sound like a very erratic singer when she takes on stuff like this. Just keeping it real, FR.

  • JudyOhio

    I actually enjoyed her take on HYAMLC. To me it sounded a little erratic due to the guitarist and the setting, but I could “hear” her doing this arrangement on a Christmas album with other Christmas songs and with the benefit of a recording studio to smooth it all out, it might sound pretty good I think. My 2 cents.

  • GreenHippo

    officially my favorite version of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” to date :)
    And Brian_C82 – uhm – Qtips??

  • car

    I thought Crystal did an lovely job on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Funny how people who can actually sing are accused of oversinging. How boring would it be if everyone sang by hitting only a few notes comfortably and strained to hit more.

  • mozart4898

    Funny how people who can actually sing are accused of oversinging. How boring would it be if everyone sang by hitting only a few notes comfortably and strained to hit more.

    Maybe if I wouldn’t have mentioned the fact that some people probably would think she did, no one would commented on it? ;-) For the record I don’t think she oversang it at all, from what I can hear. The thing is a singer like Crystal actually tends to use such a range of dynamics in her voice in the course of just one song, so it’d make it especially hard to record her and keep all of those nuances without distorting the audio, yet having the levels be high enough to pick it all up. Neither the recording itself or probably the PA does her favors when she goes to the louder side, but I really don’t think she sounds forced on it. She’s certainly not just all out screaming with no regard as to whether she’s keeping in the style. Then again not everyone will like everything, even if it’s done perfectly (and I’m not even saying she did it perfectly). She actually did quite the change up with the style of the song, and I think it works well. (I’m trying to recall if/when I’ve heard more up-tempo versions of HYAMLC – I’m sure I have but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.)

    You can take the singer out of the coffee shop, but you can’t take the coffee shop out of the singer.

    Not really having heard coffee shop singers before honestly, I thought that usually when someone used that phrase in reference to someone, it generally meant they were subdued, relaxed, and generally laid back. If anything, this was far from coffee shop sort of stuff as I understand it. Then again, drink too much of that coffee and I would expect you’d perk up some :-P

  • mozart4898

    Kiss Ya:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0JN4U0zN4

    This honestly sounded really really good. I dunno, I really catch myself thinking at times that there were 3-4 other originals of Crystal’s that would have possibly made better lead singles instead of FD. Don’t get me wrong, I think FD is a great song, but even I don’t see how it would catch on with radio audiences. I could see Kiss Ya as a single, as I could see Riding with the Radio, Lonely, Speak Now, On the Run…I dunno, I really just can’t wait to see what all of the finished products sound like. In my mind I’ve heard these songs completed and I think those 5 all will have a “radio sound” to an extent. For what it’s worth (not the song), the way I heard FD ending up on the album is almost exactly how it ended up sounding, so we’ll see if I’ve got the right sort of sound in mind with the other originals as well. (Hard to explain, but basically I had a cross between early Jewel and southern rock in my head, hence why so many have said country.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You know, I never really thought about it but if they released a Christmas album that was a compilation of a bunch of different Idols (each one doing a song, or maybe a duet or two), it’d probably sell like crazy.

    AI did this back in 2003.

    http://www.amazon.com/American-Idol-Great-Holiday-Classics/dp/B001DX961W/ref=sr_1_8?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1291457979&sr=1-8

    I notice that the CD has been reissued. It was originally released on October 14, 2003. It peaked at #28 on the BB200.

    http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/chart-beat-thursday-fox-tv-s-lee-glee-1004092826.story#/column/chartbeat/chart-beat-thursday-fox-tv-s-lee-glee-1004092826.story

  • RockiDreams

    Decided to give the HYAMLC a listen and could not make it through the clip. That was absolutely not my cup of tea. Horrible rendition, IMHO.

  • Jon

    Well I think that Crystal’s take on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas absolutely sucked… all the bad things going on in my head and turned them into pure joy. Loved it.

    And Kiss Ya is actually my favorite original (that isn’t named Farmer’s Daughter or Sandman). This updated version sounds great, a bit different from the last time I heard it (Pinktober?).

  • Kirsten

    The set list included: “Mine All Mine”, “Ridin with the Radio”, “Kiss Ya”, “Farmer’s Daughter” and on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”,

    If Crystal and her label had reached true detente on the singles front and “Farmer’s Daughter” and “Hold On” were co-singles, why wasn’t “Hold On” played? I’m sorry, but as Miss Clavel would say, “Something is not right”.

  • Eriko

    Loved the jazzy sound of HYAMLC. Usually, I hate what most pop singers do to classic xmas songs, kinda suck the “spirit” out of them. Looking forwards to a xmas album from Crystal next year. She did reply months ago to a tweet that she´d love making a xmas album, or was it a children album?

  • wordnerdarchie

    I have to hand it to Crystal, the girl can really saaaaaaang! Now if I can get past some of the things she says, I might be inclined to buy some of her stuff. I certainly will enjoy hearing her on the radio, if & when it happens in my area.

  • meyers77

    Wow, just wow. Awesome HYAMLC. Probably one of the better ones I’ve ever heard. Not even one of my favorite Christmas songs, but I’ve definitely downloading this one.

    The flute? well not Ian Anderson, but….it’s a flute.

    And the idea for an Idol Christmas album, excellent. Not sure how you get around the different labels, but I think it would sell like crazy.

  • kvwicks13

    It started off good, I just don’t like the shouty parts!

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    I thought she sounded really good on HYAMLC, but imo it would have been better a capella. There was something off with the guitar and her singing. I love the tone of her voice.

  • poster

    Covers of Christmas songs are a no win-no win situation. You either change it up too much, or sing it straight, which is boring. This was a fine rendition. I liked it a lot (until the flute part – WTF?).

  • poster

    I have to hand it to Crystal, the girl can really saaaaaaang! Now if I can get past some of the things she says, I might be inclined to buy some of her stuff.

    This is how I feel exactly. And I have to say, she sounds beautiful on Farmer’s Daughter, but that is such a sad, sad song. Definitely not a good idea to debut during the Christmas season of joy, hope and goodwill towards man. I don’t think it should have been her debut single at all. It’s more of a song you find on the CD that you buy and you’re finding the “other” songs the artist has done. JMHO.

  • Incipit

    Heh. I just came from re-listening to DC at Rockefeller Center in 08, to put me in the early web shopping mood. He also did that song, but a very different arrangement.

    I like that, Crystal’s jazzy rendition. But I also like jazz. OK granted, the flute could use a little more TOT, and the audio system there may not have been the best, but I didn’t hear oversinging, Mozart. I always associate that word with Melisma Gone Wild. It was breezy and bouncy, fitted the rhythm that was established by the guitar with a few jazz flourishes, and Crystal has a nice tone there, I also liked her voice.

    JMO. Of Course.

  • Eriko

    and the audio system there may not have been the best,

    I think it´s more the echo chamber these malls are, which is the worst acoustic environment for music you can think of. So the high tones will be exaggerated from those cold bare stone surfaces

  • BeachBum

    Coffee house version? Man, if she sang this at a coffee house, people would be spilling their drinks in their laps. In other words, definitely NOT a coffee house version… more like the version I would sing in the shower or driving down the road. Personally, I love it when she belts it out… if ya’ got it, flaunt it. But as long as we’re “keeping it real”, this was a small event IN A MALL. It looks liked they were just having fun with the song. I realize every performance they do will be recorded and put on You Tube, but it’s not like they are putting this on her album or it was performed in a paid concert setting. The flute was a nice touch. Anyone who has played or been part of high school band will realize what a difficult instrument the flute is to play. That’s why you don’t see many people play it. Lastly, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is my all time favorite holiday song, but my favorite version will ALWAYS be Judy Garland… it still gives me chills when I hear it. Everyone have a great weekend!

  • plays strings

    I admit, I sometimes don’t understand where people are coming from. Scrooge lives on I guess. Shouty? Most singers would kill to have a powerful instrument like that. I’ve sang in malls and I can tell you it’s hard to pick up the nuances of the music and the people around you. It is also hard not to sound like one loud noise in a mall.

    I think she did a great job with it and I second the notion she was just having some holiday fun. Her vocals are always amazing.

    The flute needs work and so does the jazz guitar, but, the attempt made me smile. Very cool.

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    Her voice and songs remind me so much of Natalie Merchant. Loved me some 10000 Maniacs and I think I’m going to really like Crystal’s album.

  • cookcricket

    Anyone who has played or been part of high school band will realize what a difficult instrument the flute is to play.

    *Raises hand* Me! :D I just sold my flute and piccolo because I had not touched either in too many years to mention, but hearing this made me a little sad about it.

    I had meant to mention that it was so sweet that the audience applauded her little flute solo, and though it was far from the best I’ve heard, I didn’t think it detracted from the festive fun!

    As long as an idol Christmas album would have David Cook, Kris Allen and Crystal on it, I’d snatch it up. ;)

  • fictitiousreality

    I think she did a great job with it and I second the notion she was just having some holiday fun. Her vocals are always amazing.

    THAT is the problem, isnt it? It shouldn’t be a surprise though, she has been doing it all her life perfecting her tone and trying her best not be another clone. If you are gonna be a new artist you better make sure you make an impression and she just did that.

    Heres a video where a guy discovers a great voice, follows it and finally wait until the end of the whole performance:
    Crystal bowersox impromptu christmas performance with a flute solo

    Mission Accomplished.

  • car3278sweet

    Possibly the worst version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” I’ve ever heard.

    Seriously, Brian? Me thinks you need more than Qtips. But, of course, Siobhan was not singing this, thus it must be awful. Cough.
    Ah… by the way, I enjoyed Ms. Magnus’ “Merry Xmas Baby” last week so I have no beef with her… just sayin’ your perceptions might be a little colored by your extreme love for your favorite.

    I thought this version was lovely. Crystal was not my fav on A1- but hey, here’s some stunning news.

    THE CONTEST IS OVER.

    Let’s bury our hatchets and enjoy the festive season. And some very good singers that happened to once be on AI.

  • LadyBeBop

    As a jazz lover, my first comment is: Crystal, your are no Herbie Mann (all time favorite jazz flutist).

    However, I think Crystal will admit, she’s a much better singer. Good version of HYAMLC. You can tell she’s a jazz fan. Good for her. :)

    Looking back on the AI season, I realized that Crystal is the only performer who played three different instruments on the show (piano, guitar, harmonica). I don’t think she’s the greatest on any of the instruments. However, AI should be a singing competition. And Crystal is among the top five vocalists in Idol history. IMHO, of course. YMMV.

  • wordnerdarchie

    The reactions remind me of the one two years ago when my idol of choice did the same little song and people complained it was too much rock. (He did it acoustic. Hate to think what the reaction would have been if he’d used a full band, LOL!) Things never change, do they?

  • artemis

    Things never change, do they?

    Nope-they never do.Milage varies. Any criticism Crystal has received for her interpretation of HYAMLC is mild compared to all the hee-hawing over Lee’s LDB-the one nobody’s heard him sing yet :) !
    Crystal sounds good with her jazzy version, but my favorite is Judy Garland’s sentimental rendition-whenever I hear it I get tears in my eyes.
    Mozart-I like your idea for a Christmas CD.

  • nikolaiii

    Oh my goodness, there are so many things I like about HYAMLC. Firstly, I did not picture Crystal as a jazz fan AT ALL but as someone who’s been listening to jazz since utero this was an awesome surprise. And the flute was so completely random and a really nice idea. LOL I don’t think it will be featured regularly at any performances. It’s cool to see her try new stuff like this because she’s not just a singer, she’s a musician too. But I’m probably just biased because I’m a fan and I like the things she does 87% of the time :/

  • Andy11

    Crystal definitely is into jazz. She has talked about how much she liked working with Harry Connick on Idol. The studio version of Summer Wind is great. I loved this HYAMLC performance. The flute was fun and she sounded great. She also looked great!

  • AndreaH

    I think Crystal’s version of “Summer Wind” on AI was kind of jazzy and I thought it was lovely.

    I’ve been noticing lately that Crystal appears to have lost weight – it’s quite noticeable in this picture. She looks great.

  • neartist

    I am sure MJ might post this but in case not FINALLY SNIPPETS!!!!

    http://www.amazon.fr/Farmers-Daughter-Explicit-digital-booklet/dp/B004F4O51W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1291497350&sr=1-2

    THey really need to go the country route with this CD so much twang. Especially RWTR (which I think has a bit too much going on which is a shame) I think Holy Toledo has a bit too much too

    On the run and Kiss Ya are rockin country! Love em!

    Overall sounds great from just the snippets!

  • meyers77

    am sure MJ might post this but in case not FINALLY SNIPPETS!!!!

    Awesome. Even better (from the snippets) than I thought it was gonna be.

    Mason is a real duet with Brian, excellent.

  • kvwicks13

    Doesn’t look like a very big turnout since it looks like its at a mall. It would be a free show, thought the crowd would be bigger.

  • ldjfan

    I noticed the small crowd too. Looks like just the mall customers stopping by for a listen. Surprised too cause the radio station was advertising the event. Too bad she didn’t get to play at the actual MIX’s Miracle on State Street with Ryan Star and Maroon 5.

  • wjmtv

    That mall is notorious in Chicago. It’s had nothing but trouble from the git-go, and I don’t know if it’s even half full yet…and the first shop opened a year ago.

    But for the Christmas shoppers who were there, I’m sure they enjoyed a very nice surprise. And Crystal’s a pro–a stage is a stage is a stage. She doesn’t need a crowd of thousands to do her thing.