Crystal Bowersox Performs New Song “Dead Weight”

American Idol Season 9 runner-up, Crystal Bowersox has been on the road campaigning for President Obama. Yesterday, she dropped by Good Morning Texas at WFAA in Dallas and performed a new song, “Dead Weight” that will appear on her upcoming album.

Crystal, who battles Type 1 diabetes every day, is actually in Dallas to represent JDRF.org. But she will also drop by Obama headquarters to sing a few songs.

Crystal says she’s grown up and changed a lot since Idol. “Nothing bad can come of that show,” she says.  The singer will begin recording her next album for new record label,  Sanchie Records ,  in the next couple of weeks.

The inspiration for the album came from time she recently spent in Santa Fe, NM.

Crystal  also has some “acting things” coming up, which she would not divulge. Sounds exciting!

Watch her performance and interview below.

  • Larc

    Very nice!  Crystal’s voice sounds great.  No Auto-Tune needed for her.

  • Reflects On Life

    Love this chica!

  • LA944

    Love her! Cant wait for the album. Also–very interested to find out what acting she will be doing

  • fantoo1

    I’m glad to see her more grateful to the show. I think she has one of the best female voices ever on the show.

  • chillj

    I just love Crystal’s voice.  I need another cd.

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Magnificent performance!! Get the album out, get on tour, and get on TV!! We need Crystal more visible!! 

  • Anny_nanny

    I love crystal voice! My favorite girl ever on the show!
    Looking forward to the news and the new cd.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    She looks significantly healthier than she did on American Idol. I like her dreads like that. More importantly, she still sounds amazing. 

  • LA944

     BTW, I thought that was a very interesting idea to see what a day in the life of a diabetic would be like.  It’s hard to imagine for some (like me) who have been lucky enough to have had good health. It blew me away that Crystal, Casey Abrams and PP2 managed to succeed on the show with all the health issues going on behind the scenes. I can hardly function when I have a cold

  • Caro3278sweet

    i think both Lee and Crystal are, at heart, folkie indies. i’m glad they did Idol because I believe they have enough of a core fan base that they’ll be able to make a living even though radio play for them is unlikely. Both are talented and I like their music now much more than what they did on their debut AI- influenced albums. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I liked Crystal a lot on Idol and she’s sounding great on this new song. She’s also looking very healthy. Looking forward to her new album.

  • Venus Hooper

    Awesome…

    Season 9 players crawling back out and into the light again!

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    The only difference in the life of a diabetic is that you have to check your blood sugar and inject insulin before each meal. 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I love her. She is awesome. I just have nothing else to say.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanjam Jonathan Jamito

    Crystal really is one of the rare few who can do beautiful performances with just her voice, her lyrics and her guitar. And it cannot be said enough, that pure voice of hers… just gorgeous. 

  • durbesque

    I don’t remember her voice being this good.  It’s Carrie-like in it’s fullness and gleam.  I’ll pay attention from now on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beaugard.stevens Beaugard Stevens

    She’s so perfect for the “Eva Cassidy” story, she looks like her, she sings like her, it’s a tragic story with an amazing ending.  what are they waiting on?

  • mmmtx

    Thanks for posting this video.  So good to see Crystal so happy! Definitely my favorite from Season 9.

  • Goodvibes27

    I’ve said this before, but Crystal is one of the best songwriters to come from Idol. She really writes, unlike the idols who “co-write” Co-writes to me means the idol has inserted 2 or 3 lines to a songwriter’s finished work and then takes half credit, making them look like a better songwriter than they actually are. Crystal however, is the real deal.

  • standtotheright

    She’s sounding wonderful, in all senses of the word. I’m excited to check out the album. I think she’s developed a lot in the past few years.

    Co-writes to me means the idol has inserted 2 or 3 lines to a songwriter’s finished work and then takes half credit, making them look like a better songwriter than they actually are.

    But it’s not necessary to cut other writers down to praise her. Most of the other writers have solo credits that show the same stylistic stamp of their collaborative work, and their writing partners have given them credit for showing up with concepts, chord progressions, lyrics, and every other potential part of a collaborative work when they do co-write. It’s not about “being real” but serving the song by getting a different perspective.

    Which is probably why Bowersox herself said that she is “looking forward to collaboration because that’s way that you grow”.

  • Goodvibes27

    Perhaps I worded that badly, I didn’t intend to slam the other idols who co-write. They obviously have great talent in singing and performing. But as I see it, if the label brings in another co-writer, it’s usually because they need help on the songwriting end. Crystal is a very prolific songwriter, and a good one. That’s why I think she got another record deal so quickly.

  • suenigma

    Most of the Idol singer songwriters that I assume you are referring to have also written and recorded full albums of the their own songwriting pre-idol,(I know Lee, Kris and David have done so, to name three), so I don’t think that your analysis is quite accurate. I know that one of Cook’s multiple pre-idol albums, Analog Heart, won the Tulsa Indie Album of the Year award (a pretty presitigious and vibrant Indie scene in Tulsa).

    I do agree that Chrystal is an amazing singer and a talented songwriter, but I don’t see how the rest of your suppostiion follows. “She really writes, unlike the idols who “co-write” Co-writes to me means the idol has inserted 2 or 3 lines to a songwriter’s finished work and then takes half credit, making them look like a better songwriter than they actually are.”

    Seems like a pretty damning accusation to make about an artist. Can you give a specific example of the above? I think it’s enough to say that you prefer Chrystal’s songwriting, rather that attack other Idol’s artistic integrity with a broad brushstroke.

    Perhaps one of the reasons that “hitmakers” and prominent co-writers are brought in so often for Idol winners albums is that the Label has significantly more money and interest invested in their albums? It is common knowlege that the backend on the winners album is huge – one of the reasons why even a moderately well selling album can mean that an Idol is cut loose. Call it insurance. I say it is often a hindrance, but RCA is not exactly known as a big risktaker.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I do agree that Chrystal is an amazing singer and a talented
    songwriter, but I don’t see how the rest of your suppostiion follows.
    “She really writes, unlike the idols who “co-write” Co-writes to me
    means the idol has inserted 2 or 3 lines to a songwriter’s finished work
    and then takes half credit, making them look like a better songwriter
    than they actually are.”

    Seems like a pretty damning accusation to make about an artist. Can you give a specific example of the above?”

    I agree and would also like to learn of specific examples of such “co-writes”.

  • Goodvibes27

    I agree and would also like to learn of specific examples of such “co-writes”

    So now you want me to slam artists by name? I’ll pass on that one

  • Goodvibes27

    All I’m saying is Crystal seems to be the most accomplished, prolific and self sufficient idol songwriters out there. Exclusive writing credits from idol alum are few and far between.

  • elliegrll

    What has she accomplished?  Getting dropped after just a few months hasn’t exactly given her a chance to get her music out to the public.  She hasn’t had the offers to write for other people that Daughtry has had, nor his top five hits.  She hasn’t been credited with being one of the writers on a song that went to number one, like at least three other idol alums.  She hasn’t been recognized by any professional songwriting associations, like Kellie Pickler has been.

    At the most, I can say that she got the chance to write or co-write all of most of the songs on her debut album, but other than that, I can’t think of a lot of accolades that she’s gotten as a writer.  I also doubt that she made a lot of money off of the EP that she released.  I’d bet that singer/songwriter Brooke White sold more.

  • Goodvibes27

    Getting back to the point, if you write a song alone, it takes away any question about how good a songwriter you are. The only Hit song I think an alum has written exclusively is “Home” by Chris Daughtry. But really when I said “accomplished” I was referring more about technically accomplished, not money or chart position or awards. 
    Looking at Crystal’s post-idol major label launch, she wrote 7 of the 12 songs exclusively, + a bonus track. That is a major vote of confidence in her songwriting skills.

  • standtotheright

    I admire Bowersox as a writer, but I largely think that the situation with her writing credits had to do with her health and family situation. She needed to take care of herself and her son and apparently refused to do much work on the album until after the tour. If Jive wanted the album out for holiday sales, then her A&R people had to be more flexible about accepting her submissions then they might have been otherwise.

    And they still tried to push the song she didn’t write as the single until she took to social media about it.

    I certainly attribute some of the disconnect to Jive not being the right label for her (if RCA had been willing to give up a little face and let her go to Columbia things might have been very different) but the fact remains that it wasn’t a pure endorsement of her work as much as it was Jive’s sense of expediency.

    At any rate, now she’s with a label that does apparently share her goals and vision. So if she does go through with her promise to collaborate more, then I trust that everyone will agree that’s her decision as an artist.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanjam Jonathan Jamito

    I think Crystal is a good songwriter. This song and the numerous others she has written can prove that, because at least for me, having the talent to write good songs is so so much more than just receiving accolades, having chart toppers or making lots and lots of money off of albums. How unfortunate it must be for struggling artists to have their talent totally disregarded because of not fulfilling these said measures of success.
    And really, I think the only reason she isn’t more “successful” is not because of reasons related to talent but because she’s from season 9.

  • suenigma

    “All I’m saying is Crystal seems to be the most accomplished, prolific and self sufficient idol songwriters out there. Exclusive writing credits from idol alum are few and far between.”

    You can say it as much as you like, but it doesn’t “seem” to be the case at all. Just taking the last 5 winners into account, you have Kris who wrote and released an album full of songs, Lee who released several albums full of self-penned songs, and Cook who released 5 or 6 albums of mostly self-penned songs with his band, and one award winning solo album (+ another completed but never released solo album, due to Idol) of exclusively self-written songs. Scotty was on 16 or 17 on Idol, so hardly a fair comparison, and Phillip is young too, but seems to be a pretty prolific songwriter as well. How many albums did Chrystal write and release before Idol. You may not personaly care for their work (if you’ve heard it), but quality it subjective.

  • girlygirltoo

    Most of the other Idols who are songwriters have several solo credits to their name, so IMO it’s unfair to them to think they aren’t really writers just because they do a lot of co-writing.

  • girlygirltoo

    There are a bunch of ex-Idols with solo writing credits. All you have to do is look on any of their albums or EPs and you will realize that. I think Crystal is a very good songwriter, but she is far from the only “real” songwriter who has been on Idol.