It's reasonable to say Crosby has showbiz in her genes. Her dad is a manager of actors, and her mom was a model and actress before becoming an agent. "Acting was just a natural thing to do," she recalls. "I did musical theater, played Sandy in Grease." She was in a production at Beverly Hills High when she auditioned, at the director's urging, for all-girl pop group Foxy Nova. She got the gig, and the group signed with producer-writer-star-label owner Babyface. At 17, she got an eyeful of the star-making machinery.
Alongside her studies she focused more on acting over the next few years, and appeared on an array of TV series, including Malcolm in the Middle, That '70s Show and Seventh Heaven. Without really consciously shifting gears, she found she'd changed her career's direction. But she continued to write songs, mostly as a creative outlet. And when she got up and sang "Finding Feelings" (which, she notes, was inspired by a break-up) at a friend's club show, she drew the attention of producer Eric Robinson, who worked with Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, William Fitzsimmons). This time, though, all the material reflected her beliefs, emotions and priorities. "Finding Feelings" struck a chord with online listeners (it even earned MySpace props from Kelly Clarkson, who also turned up for one of Crosby's gigs), and "Flawz" was released in 2009.