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Crystal Bowersox stole the nation’s heart as the darling of the 9th season of American Idol. Her voice has been described as both “dirt and diamonds.” Her music is full of light and love and she speaks a wisdom beyond her years.

We recorded this podcast – and her live performance of a song – in my ship suite on the Melissa Etheridge Cruise. I heard Crystal playing this song, “Courage to be Kind” in one of her concerts on the ship and knew that she would be the perfect guest for Soul Force Politics.   Join us for this beautiful conversation about struggle, redemption, love, light, kindness, and a willingness to reach across ideological divides and the political spectrum to hug perfect strangers and remind them they are loved!