Crystal Bowersox seems to have come out of nowhere, transforming from unknown single mom/subway busker to “American Idol” front-runner in a matter of weeks. But she’s been performing for years, and a recently unearthed video of a then-13-year-old Crystal singing in 1999 indicates that this raw talent was always destined for greatness.
The clip above was shot at the annual Huron Boat Basin Show in Huron, Ohio,Â where event organizer Cathy Black traditionally invited young, undiscovered talentÂ to perform. Despite being barely old enough to get into a PG-13 movie, the prepubescent Crystal (playing an original song) comes across as incredibly mature, very Jewel-like, and remarkably poised–hardly your typical tween. Really, all the tweens voting for “Idol” this season should look up to Crystal.
Whether Crystal wins “American Idol” next week or not, it’s obvious from this video that music has always been her calling, and that she has a wonderful musical career ahead of her.