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Multifaceted West Coast singer/songwriter Caitlin Crosby first established herself as a successful television actress before adding entrepreneur, philanthropist, and musician to her résumé. The Southern California native began playing in youth groups and church bands during junior high school. It was her acting talent, however, that initially landed her a place in the entertainment world, and Crosby soon earned roles in Malcolm in the Middle, That's So Raven, and That Seventies Show, among others. After Crosby was featured in an advertising campaign for Levi's jeans, she began to focus increasingly on music. Producers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Ty Stevens, and Track & Field worked with the budding songwriter, whose mix of soul, folk, and pop/rock was also shaped by co-writers like Brian Wilson, William Fitzsimmons, Curtis Peoples, Plain White T's, and Josh Hoge. She continued to appear in television and films, but Crosby's voice and songwriting acumen eventually earned her a record deal. The resulting Flawz, which was produced by Marshall Altman, arrived via Blackledge Records in 2009, and spawned an online hit with the infectious and empowering single "Still Have My Heart" -- the concept of self-acceptance features heavily in both her songwriting and her humanitarianism, and Crosby is the co-creator of the self-empowerment website loveyourflawz.com and the founder of The Giving Keys (www.givingkeys.com), a pay-it-forward movement that uses jewelry created by those transitioning out of homelessness to impart inspiration and hope. For her subsequent release, the six-song EP Save That Pillow, she enlisted the help of co-writer Boots Ottestad (Robbie Williams, Macy Gray) and executive producer Adam Anders, who helped Crosby develop her already warm, soulful, and sophisticated sound into something even more evocative of classic Dusty Springfield and Southern soul of the Memphis/Muscle Shoals variety. ~ Michael G. Nastos