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The Crow Connection

         Sheryl Crow


     Sheryl Suzanne Crow was born on February 11, 1962 in Kennett Missouri.  She is the daughter of Wendell and Bernice Crow.  Her father Wendell is a lawyer and her mother Bernice is a music teacher.  Her brother Steve works in the construction business in Kennett area.

     Sheryl was born into a world filled with music.  She and her sisters Kathy and Karen learned how to play the piano at a young age.  Wendell is a part time trumpet player and has played in different jazz bands.  He also accompanied her on the single We do what we can early in her career.  She had her first music lesson at four, and could play songs by "ear" at age six.  Throughout high school and college she played in numerous bands including one named Cashmere that played Led Zeppelin songs.  In 1984 she graduated from the University of Missouri with a major in music composition, performance and teaching.  From there she taught music to autistic children at an elementary school in St. Louis for two years.

     One afternoon in 1986, she came home and told her parents that she was moving to Los Angeles, and five days later she was gone.  In Los Angeles she worked as a waitress and did some singing for commercials.  One commercial was for McDonalds, in which she said "Itís a good time for the great taste of McDonalds " and at one of those sessions, she overheard a conversation about auditions for a Michael Jackson Tour.  It was supposed to be on recommendation only, but she showed up anyway.  They were videoing everyone, so she said, "hi Mike! Iím Sheryl Crow from Missouri, Iíd sure like to go on the road with you."

     And that was it.  They sent the video to him and he saw it, called her the next day and gave her a job.  She was a backup singer on his "Bad World Tour", and toured for two years with him.

 


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     The next two years she spent writing songs, and no record contract in sight. Finally Sheryl started touring with Don Henley, and wrote songs for Eric Clapton, Wynonna Judd and Celine Dion to name a few. She eventually joined the Tuesday Night Music Club and the rest is Grammy History.

     Late in 1996 she released her album Sheryl Crow which caused controversy with the lyrics "Watch out sister, Watch out Brother, Watch out children while they kill each other, with a gun they bought at Wal-Mart discount store ".  Wal-Mart refused to sell the album unless she changed the lyric, but she refused and remained on top regardless of her losing album sales.

     A couple of years later Sheryl went on a Goodwill Tour to visit Bosnia.  She preformed in all types of places from mud holes to mess halls.  She ate ready-to-eat food with the troops.  Traveling with the First Lady, Chelsey and Sinbad, Sheryl was without a doubt, the headliner of the USO shows.  She had lots of personal interaction with everyone there, and even brought a few soldiers up on stage with her.  Mrs. Clinton remarked how well she represented America, just like Bob Hope and the many other celebrities that have gone before her.

     Sheryl bought a studio and moved to New York, where she continued writing songs.  The studio was called The Globe and out of these songs came her next album The Globe Sessions, which was released in 1998.  The song My Favorite Mistake is known to be about her relationship with Eric Clapton.

     As of this writing, Sheryl has produced the following Albums:
     1993 - Tuesday Night Music Club
     1996 - Sheryl Crow
     1997 - Globe Sessions
     1999 - Live from Central Park

 

     Her songs have been used in car commercials as well has numerous movies such as Sweet Child of Mine in the movie Big Daddy, Redemption Day and Everyday is a Winding Road from the Julia Roberts movie Erin Brockovich, and the James Bond theme song from (Tomorrow Never Dies).  She has also been doing a bit of acting.  Her credits include "54" which stars Neve Campbell, and The Minus Man where she plays a character named Casper.  At the moment she is seeing actor and co-star form The Minus Man - Owen Wilson.

     This page is dedicated to a wonderful woman named Naomi Wyatt Crow who is the grandmother to Sheryl and has been valuable in updating the history of our family over the past couple of years.  She, most of all, is proud of the accomplishments of her Son and grandchildren.

 

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