Adding to the other talented female musicians that I have posted about (Kimbra, Sara Bareilles), is Sheryl Crow. She’s, sadly, likely more known for dating Lance Armstrong to people of my generation than actually being a successful musician. I am here to change that notion.
Crow was born in Kennett, Missouri to a piano teacher (her mother) and a trumpet player that sometimes was a lawyer (her father). In High School, Crow was a successful athlete, a majorette, and an all-around great student. Seriously, she was involved in almost every club imaginable. When she attended the University of Missouri she continued to join any club/fraternity that she could (no I’m not mistaken when I put fraternity), especially those involving music. Crow achieved a degree in music composition, performance, and education from the University of Missouri. I’ll just say Crow is the Wonder Woman of music and clubs; she seriously is a dream student for universities.
Sheryl Crow began teaching music classes after graduation from the University of Missouri, which allowed her to sing in bands on the weekends; her first legitimate foray into the music industry (though just playing at bars and small music halls). She met a local producer and was then asked to make ‘jingles’ for a few businesses (McDonald’s and Toyota among those businesses). She has noted that she made $40,000 on the McDonalds tune alone. I’d be okay with forty grand for a ‘jingle’ of mine being in an advertisement.
Crow, as a musician, is talented with the guitar, bass, and keyboard – as well as having a stellar voice. She has 118 songs total (not including being featured on songs) and 9 total albums (no EPs). Obviously some more popular than others, but each album has merit, as does nearly every song. 118 songs is incredible, I’m having a difficult time even being able to play one song on my acoustic guitar (granted these 118 songs are over a twenty year period).
Crow’s most famous songs are ‘Soak Up the Sun,’ ‘All I Wanna Do,’ and ‘There Goes The Neighborhood’ (among others), but a song I truly like from Crow is off her newest album (Feels Like Home): Nobody’s Business. Sure it’s very country pop sounding, but for some reason I really like it, even without any real meaning other than having someone over to her house to have a ‘good time.’
What’s your opinion on Sheryl Crow? Let me know in the comments.
- Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, “Far Away Places” (stillisstillmoving.com)
- Sheryl Crow: Live From the Artists Den (crazytownblog.com)
- Peter Cooper On Music: Sheryl Crow fine-tunes her country sound (blogs.tennessean.com)