Sheryl Crow

Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow has been one of rock music's most

omnipresent performers and recording artists in the latter half of the

'90s. In addition to selling millions of albums, Crow has performed at

various all-star music events (such as last year's Burt Bacharach

tribute) and contributed to film soundtracks such as "The Faculty."

Crow opted out of last year's Lilith Fair to concentrate on completing

her new album, The Globe Sessions, but she has not slowed down

since. She is about to tour and is in the studio producing Stevie Nicks'

next solo LP, which is due in October.

Crow was born 37 years ago in Kennett, Mo. She was raised in a rural

farming community by amateur musician parents and started singing in

rock bands at 16. Crow received a classical piano degree from the

University of Missouri and began teaching elementary school music in St.


In 1986, Crow decided to become a professional musician and moved to Los

Angeles. She quickly became a backup singer on Michael Jackson's tour

behind Bad and found work singing behind Don Henley, George

Harrison, Rod Stewart and others.

In 1991, Crow signed with A&M Records and recorded an album, which went

unreleased. Two years later, Tuesday Night Music Club appeared.

The album, produced by Bill Bottrell, was a huge sleeper hit, eventually

making #3 the following year. Though Tuesday Night Music Club

made Crow a star and spawned many hits, she was criticized for

downplaying the efforts of the collaborative group of session musicians

who played on it. The album's "All I Wanna Do" eventually won the 1994

Record of the Year Grammy Award.

Crow proved her talent by working with different musicians and playing a

good deal of the instruments on her 1996 eponymous album. That effort

spawned such hit singles as "If It Makes You Happy" and "A Change" and

cemented Crow's growing reputation as one of the pre-eminent female

rockers of the decade. On videos for the album, Crow affected a

punk-like image.

Crow raised her profile by touring, performing at one-off events such as

Woodstock '94 and appearing on tribute CDs such as Encomium: A Tribute

to Led Zeppelin and If I Were a Carpenter. She also is on the

board of directors of Rock the Vote and, on jaunts with Hillary Clinton,

performed for American troops stationed overseas.

In January, 1998, Crow inducted Fleetwood Mac into the Rock and Roll

Hall of Fame and spoke of Nicks' influence on her music. Later that

year, she produced two Nicks tracks on the soundtrack to the film,

"Practical Magic"; the project prompted Nicks to ask Crow to produce her

next LP.

"[Crow's] very organized," Nicks recently told Entertainment

Weekly. "You have to be. You can't be la-la-la-la like me and be a

really good producer."

Crow's latest solo album, The Globe Sessions, launched the hit

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(RealAudio excerpt) and has been nominated for a slew of Grammys,

including Album of the Year. Crow's new U.S. tour will begin in March.

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