Sheryl Crow

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A lot of Sheryl Crow’s music is foot taping, feel good, sing along songs. There’s no telling how many people have played and sang to “Soak up the Sun” while traveling to the beach! Her latest release “Love is Free” is just as catchy.

Crow is a multi-talented singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist and songwriter. Her music successfully blends country, pop, folk, and blues rock into one likable sound. As an acknowledgment, she has been awarded with nine Grammy Awards.

Crow was born into a musical family. Her father, Wendell Crow, was a trumpet player and lawyer. Her mother, Bernice Crow was a piano teacher. Crow has two older sisters, Kathy and Karen, and one younger brother, Steve. Crow attended Kennett High School in Kennett, Missouri where she was an All-State track athlete, medaling in the 75 low hurdles. After graduation, she attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and received a BA degree in Music Composition, Performance and Education. While in college, Crow sang in the local band Cashmere. She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority and Sigma Alpha Iota, a women’s music fraternity. Later, Sheryl was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

After graduating college, Crow worked as an elementary school music teacher at Garlin Kellison in Fenton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Teaching during the day allowed her the opportunity to sing in bands on the weekends and through local musician and producer Jay Oliver, Crow wrote jingles for a St. Louis department store, McDonald’s and Toyota commercials.

Crow got her first big break when she successfully auditioned to be a backup singer on Michael Jackson’s international “Bad” tour from September 1987 in Tokyo, Japan and ended on January 1989 in Los Angeles, United States. In concert, she often sang the female duet part on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and was inaccurately rumored by the tabloids to be romantically involved with Jackson. After spending two years on the road with Jackson, Crow resumed her search for a record deal.

In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at her debut album with Phil Collins’ producer, Hugh Padgham but the album was rejected by her record company.

In 1993, Crow’s then boyfriend Kevin Gilbert and a group of musicians got together on Tuesdays to play music. This resulted in the release of her first successful album “Tuesday Night Music Club.” The musicians were Gilbert, David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Bill Bottrell, Brian MacLeod and Dan Schwartz who share songwriting credits with Crow on the album. After the album was released, disputes soon arose concerning songwriting credits and the group separated from Crow. “Tuesday Night Music Club” sold more than 7 million copies in the US and UK during the 1990s. Three Grammy Award were awarded to Crow in 1995 for the album: Record of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Performance.

In 1996, Crow produced her second album “Sheryl Crow” which earned her a cover on the Rolling Stone. The debut single, “If It Makes You Happy”, won two Grammy awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album. Wal-Mart refused to sell the album because Crow included a negative reference to Wal-Mart selling guns to children in “Love is a Good Thing.”

“The Globe Sessions” was released in 1998. The album won Best Rock Album at the 1998 Grammy Awards. It was re-released in 1999, with a bonus track, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, which won the 1999 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

In 1999, a live album called “Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live From Central Park” was released. Guest appearances on the album included Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, the Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton and many others. The song “There Goes the Neighborhood” won the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

“The Very Best of Sheryl Crow,” a greatest hits compilation, was released in 2003. A new song “The First Cut is the Deepest” which was originally a Cat Stevens song earned her two American Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist and Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year.

In 2005, Crow’s album “Wildflower” was released to mixed reviews. The album didn’t win but was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Crow was nominated for a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammies.

In late February, 2006, after a nearly two year relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong that ended in a breakup, Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She underwent treatment and has successfully conquered the disease.

In May 2007, Crow adopted a two-week-old boy named Wyatt Steven Crow. Her son was born on April 29, 2007. She and Wyatt live on a 154-acre farm outside Nashville, Tennessee.

After nearly three years without a new album release, Crow is back stronger than ever with “Detours” released in February 2008. The album was recorded at Crow’s Nashville farm and includes a song for her new son “Lullaby for Wyatt.”

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