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Birth Name: Sheryl Suzanne Crow
Date of Birth: February 11, 1962
Place of Birth: Kennett, Missouri, USA
Height: 5' 3½"
|Sheryl Crow Biography
Sheryl Crow was born on February 11, 1962, in Kennett, Missouri. Her parents, Wendell and Bernice Crow, were members of a local big band in which her father, also a lawyer, played the trumpet. Her mother was a singer and a piano teacher, who taught Crow and her two other daughters to play when they were in elementary school.
Throughout her schooling, Crow participated in choir, sports and school plays. In high school she was a drum majorette, member of the Pep Club, the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, Freshman Maid, Senior Maid and Paperdoll Queen. Crow graduated from the University of Missouri in 1984 with a degree in music education with a concentration in piano.
In college, Crow started her path to a career in music by performing with a rock and roll cover band called Cashmere. After graduating, she spent a couple of years in St. Louis working as a music teacher for autistic children. In 1986, Crow moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time career in music. Once there she worked as a waitress and occasionally found work singing for television commercials.
Crow's big break came when she managed to get into an audition for back-up singers for Michael Jackson's international Bad tour. She was hired and went on tour with Jackson for two years. She later performed with Sting, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Joe Cocker, Sinead O'Connor, and accompanied Don Henley on his End of the Innocence tour. While performing as a backup singer, Crow gained lots of studio experience and she began writing songs, which major artists like Celine Dion and Wynonna Judd ended up singing.
After years in the background, Crow was noticed by Hugh Padgham who submitted her demo tape to A&M, who soon signed a contract with her. In 1991, Crow recorded her debut album, but she was not pleased with it and it was shelved. Later, Crow started dating Kevin Gilbert, an engineer who'd attempted to remix her ill-fated album. She soon found herself getting together with a group of industry pros that included Gilbert, Bill Bottrell, David Baerwald, David Ricketts, Brian MacLeod, and Dan Schwartz. Dubbed the Tuesday Night Music Club, this collective met once a week at Bottrell's Pasadena recording studio to drink, jam, and work out material. In this informal, collaborative setting, Crow found inspiration, and the group agreed to make her -- the only one with a recording contract -- the focal point.
Crow and the collective worked out enough material for an album, and with Bottrell serving as producer, she recorded her new official debut, titled Tuesday Night Music Club. The record was released in August 1993 and it was not an instant hit. The record's first two singles "Run Baby Run" and "Leaving Las Vegas" faired poorly and the album was looking to flop. A&M gave the album one last push by releasing a third single, "All I Wanna Do," which became one of the biggest summer singles of 1994, rising to #2 on the charts. After "All I Wanna Do" hit the airwaves, Tuesday Night Music Club was selling out in stores all over the country. At the 1995 Grammys, Crow won Best New Artist, Best Female Rock Vocal, and Record of the Year. After her triple win, Tuesday Night Music Club was hotter than ever and it sold over seven million copies.
After touring for her debut album ended, Crow went back to the studio to record her second record. Her self-titled sophomore album was released in the fall of 1996. It featured the singles "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday Is a Winding Road," and "A Change Would Do You Good," which were all unstoppable radio hits. Sheryl Crow went triple platinum, and that year Crow won Grammys for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocal. Crow then toured with the Lilith Fair package during the summer of 1997 (the first of several times), and wrote and performed the title theme to the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Song Written Specifically For a Motion Picture or Television.
Crow released her third album in the fall of 1998, titled The Globe Sessions. The album wasn't nearly as popular as her previous album, but saw considerable success, and become her third straight platinum-selling, Top Ten LP, and it won her another Grammy for Best Rock Album. The singles "My Favorite Mistake" and "Anything but Down" both found a place in the Top 20.
In 1999, Crow recorded a Grammy-winning cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine" for the soundtrack of the Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy. She also performed a special free concert in New York's Central Park, with an array of guest stars including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde, the Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, and Sarah McLachlan. The show was broadcast on Fox and later released as the album Live in Central Park. Her performance of "There Goes the Neighborhood" won her another Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal.
Crow took some time to produce her fourth album. During this time, however, she produced several tracks on Stevie Nicks' 2001 album, Trouble in Shangri-La, and recorded a duet with Kid Rock, "Picture," for his album Cocky. Then, in the spring of 2002, Crow released her fourth studio album C'mon C'mon, which entered the LP charts at #2. It went platinum, and the lead single, "Soak up the Sun," was a Top 20 hit and saw frequent radio play.
In 2003, Crow released a greatest hits record titled The Very Best of Sheryl Crow. It featured many of her hit singles, as well as some new tracks. The ballad "The First Cut is the Deepest" (a song originally composed and performed by Cat Stevens), became her biggest radio hit since "All I Wanna Do." "The First Cut is the Deepest" earned her 2 American music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Artist and Adult Contemporary Artist of the year.
After the success of her greatest hits collection, Crow recorded and released the country single "No Depression in Heaven," and in 2004 she appeared as a musical theater performer in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely.
Her next album, Wildflower, was released in September 2005. Although the album debuted at #2, it received mixed reviews and was not as commercially successful as hoped. In December 2005, the album was nominated for a Best Pop Vocal Album Grammy Award, and Crow was nominated for a Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Award for the first single "Good Is Good." The album got a new boost of life in 2006 when the second single was announced as "Always on Your Side," re-recorded with British musician Sting and sent off to radio, where it was quickly embraced at Top 40.
Crow will release her next album, Detours, in February 2008.
Crow was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in February 2006. She had surgery that same month and her doctors stated that "prognosis for a full recovery is excellent." By mid-March, Crow successfully finished treatment and resumed her tour for the promotion of her album Wildflower.On May 12, 2007, Crow announced on her website that she had adopted a boy named Wyatt Steven. The child was born on April 29, 2007.
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