Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sheryl Suzanne Crow

Born February 11, 1962
Sheryl Suzanne Crow is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Her music blends rock, country, pop, folk and blues, into one mainstream sound, and she has won nine Grammy Awards. Crow is also a political activist.

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She has performed with the Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson and Kid Rock, among others. Crow's recordings have appeared on the soundtracks to Cars, Erin Brockovich, Home of the Brave, and Tomorrow Never Dies, among many others

She toured with Michael Jackson during the BAD world tour from 1987-1989 and sang with him during the performance of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." She also sang in the short-lived, infamous Steven Bochco drama, Cop Rock, in 1990.

In 1992, Crow recorded her first attempt at her debut album with Phil Collins' producer, Hugh Padgham. The self-titled debut album was slated to be released on September 22 1992, but was ultimately rejected by her label. However, a handful of cassette copies of the album were leaked along with press folders to be used for album publicity. This album has been widely dispersed via file sharing networks and fan trading over the years. In the meantime, Crow's songs were recorded by major artists such as Celine Dion and Wynonna Judd.

Crow appeared in the "New Faces" section of Rolling Stone in 1993. The album featured many of the songs written by Crow's friends, including the second single, "Leaving Las Vegas". The album was slow to garner attention, until "All I Wanna Do" became an unexpected smash hit in the spring of 1994. As she later stated in People, she found an old poetry book in a used book store in the L.A. area and used a poem as lyrics in the song. To their credit, she and then-collaborator Bill Bottrell tracked down the author, Wyn Cooper, and he ended up being paid royalties on the song. The singles "Strong Enough" and "Can't Cry Anymore" were also released, with the former charting at #5 on Billboard and the latter hitting the Top 40. Crow received several Grammy awards in 1994: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "All I Wanna Do"; Record of the Year for "All I Wanna Do"; and Best New Artist. She performed at the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Festivals, as well as the Another Roadside Attraction in 1997

Honors and awards

* Grammy Awards: 9
* American Music Awards: 3
* Orwille H. Gibson Awards: 2
* TEC Awards: 2
* BRIT Awards: 1
* BMI Awards: 1
* BMI Winning Songs: 8
* ASCAP Awards: 1
* People's Choice Awards: 1
* BMG Music Club's top selling album Plaque: 2
* Glamour Woman of the Year 2000
* Honorary Degree (2001)
* Missouri Academy of Squires (elected in 2004)

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