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15 Minutes with Crystal Bowersox

Candy caught up with American Idol Season 9's Crystal Bowersox and talked to her about her new album, her co-Idol contestants, and her love life!
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  1. What were your memorable experiences while working on your album, Farmer’s Daughter?
    Working with the band. They are great musicians. Before I was introduced to them, I found a baby rabbit in the parking lot. When I came in they saw this hippie, dreadlocked, “mother nature” type of girl holding a baby rabbit. I think they were caught off guard. It was a funny experience! All in all, making music and working with different people for the album has been the highlight of my life so far.
  2. What new things did you learn about music while working on your record?
    I learned a lot about recording an album and how it works. I also learned a lot about the industry. A lot of people take part in releasing any album.
  3. Tell us about Farmer’s Daughter, the title track of your album.
    It’s a song about my childhood. We struggled with money. Sometimes, my mom was physically abusive. The song is healing because the anger is no longer with me. I’m not bitter about it. I’m hoping other people can hear the song and heal themselves.
  4. What advice can you give teens who may be going through the same thing you went through when you were a child?
    Remember that your parents are people too. Everyone makes mistakes. Look at the world with love. Remind yourself that it’s not always going to be this way. Once you become independent you can start to make your own choices—better choices.
  5. Where do you get ideas for your songs?
    I get ideas from my own experiences. For instance, the first song on my album, “Ridin’ with the Radio” is about my first time in San Francisco. I was at an event and everybody was feeling very happy, dancing, and enjoying the music.
  6. What are you looking forward to now that you’re done working on your album?
    I’ve been very busy working on the album and going on tour around the US over the summer. I’m looking forward to doing an International tour. I hope to visit Asia, including the Philippines, of course!
  7. What’s your relationship like with American Idol Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze?
    I haven’t spoken to him in awhile since we’re both very busy but we’re good friends. He’s a really nice guy. Among the girls, I’m closest to Didi Benami. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding!
  8. Speaking of your wedding, you recently got married to musician Brian Walker. What love lessons have you learned that allowed you to reach your happy ending?
    I should have seen much sooner that my best friend was also the best choice to be my husband. Brian was my good friend for a long time before we got married. I learned that you always have to be honest with each other because once trust is broken, it’s very hard to get it back.

Crystal Bowersox's A Farmer's DaughterGrab a copy of Crystal’s debut album, Farmer’s Daughter, out in record stores nationwide.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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