Sept. 20--Parents can only do so much in preparing their children for the real world. Just ask Shannon and Bill Crosson. Unfortunately, there's no "Idiot's Guide to Raising Future Rock Stars."
Not yet, anyway, though the Crossons can write at least a few chapters. The Vacaville couple apparently deserve a standing ovation as they guide Jesse, 19; Kyle, 17; and Jaden Crosson, 14, through the obstacle course of adulthood and the music industry.
The three teens -- plus 18-year-old Jacob and 14-year-old brother Connor Gill of Lake County -- are Cheating Daylight, an alt rock band that's bolting into the hearts of a growing fan base and minds of industry
Gathering a nice hardware collection of awards plus accolades from the likes of Stevie Nicks, Carlos Santana and Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, the collaborative quintet seem destined to beating the odds of hitting
That makes Bill Crosson one happy dad. Mostly.
"I see them backstage and the crowd's yelling and I think 'Yes!' But then I see them as my babies in high school and think, 'I don't want to lose them. I want normalcy.'"
Perhaps, shrugged Crosson, it's a bit of empty nest syndrome as his boys embark on their second national tour that includes Thursday's performance at the historic Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood for a Los Angeles Music Awards Voters Party, a performance at the Malibu Music Festival on Oct. 18, a three-song set at the actual L.A. Music Awards on Nov. 14 at the Avalon
Theatre in Los Angeles, an the Artists in Music Nominations Night on Dec. 15 in Hollywood.
Locally, "Cheating" gets some home cooked applause, playing the Merriment on Main in Vacaville
on Dec. 3.
Whew. Double whew.
"It's been a learning experience, that's for sure," pops Crosson said, joining the three siblings at the Nut Tree earlier this week.
Happily, Crosson said, he's his kids' musical endeavors in the hands of Greg Bennett, who ran the once-defunct-soon-to-be-operating-again Konocti Harbor Resort in Lake County. Bennett managed the Gill brothers' previous band, "The Lost Boys." When that group disbanded, he handpicked the Gills, placed them with the Crossons, and the rest may not be history, but a harmonious future.
"Greg should get full credit," Crosson said. "He's been in the business 25 years. He doesn't get fooled. There are always offers on the table. A ton of offers. But their manager handles all of that and we trust him."
Bennett said the band deserves the attention.
"At first impression, they are five genuinely sincere and talented young men... who are musically gifted, with the ability, passion and drive to succeed in today's challenging world of music," Bennett said.
When it comes to resisting show business temptations, so far, so good, Crosson said.
"We don't shelter them from the realities of the world. They know about drugs, about drinking. They know what's out there. The business is dirty sometimes," Crosson said. "They're good kids. Smart kids. And we never let them go alone with
The Crosson boys are young, but astute when it comes to recognizing someone with perhaps ulterior motives, their dad said.
"They see the difference between real friends they've always had and new 'friends' who bring you things to concerts and expect things from you two days later," Crosson said. "When you don't respond in a timely manner and start to get judged and seen as arrogant or stuck up."
It merely takes recalling the first gig the boys had performing as The Crosson Brothers to keep them humble, Bill Crosson said.
Crosson family friends Chad Cowan, 11, and his sister Ashley, 15, died in a car accident in 2006 and Crosson remembered when Chad asked Jesse to pick up a guitar. After the tragedy, Jesse did and, along with his brothers, did a fund-raiser honoring the Cowans.
The Crosson Brothers band was born. And never looked back as they piled up industry accolades.
If stardom is inevitable, dad thinks he can handle it. Does
"Heck yeah," he said. "Not from a dangerous standpoint of making bad decisions. More from a selfish standpoint of not seeing them."
If the boys end up wealthy, great, if not, no big deal, dad said.
"You don't do it for money," he said. "If that works out, OK. But they just want to wake up tomorrow and still be able to play music."
There was a moment last year in Las Vegas that Crosson said he'll never forget. Cheating Daylight was on the bill with Nicks, who was so impressed with the rising band, she told Bennett to bring the boys to a separate room away from the media so she could talk music with them.
"I was looking for Jesse and here he is, about 100 feet away, covering his head," Crosson said. "I'm thinking, 'What's up?' He says, 'I can't believe that just happened.' He was in awe that he spoke to Stevie Nicks. To him, that's like a baseball player talking to (Hall of Famers) Hank Aaron or Willie Mays."
To have a son appreciate an established star and her achievements and listen to advice "is the highest high you can get," said Crosson, believing it's more what his boys do off stage that's most
"The biggest honor they can have wouldn't be music related," Crosson said. "It would be how they do as people, how they've done things for the right reason."
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