A Singer to Crow About

American singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow has become a household icon in the pop and country blues music world. Her overall contribution to the American music scene is nothing short of phenomenal, including winning 9 Grammy’s and 3 American Music awards. Born in February 1962 in the southeastern Missouri “panhandle” town of Kenneth, Sheryl’s musical inspirations may have come from her parents. Her father, Wendell, played the trumpet, and her mother, Bernice, was a piano instructor.

Sheryl had had a normal American childhood, which included being a track and field athlete, starring as her high school band majorette, and playing parts in various school organizations. She began singing for various local music groups, a practice that carried on during her college years at the University of Missouri. Upon graduation, she embarked on a career as a music teacher; but it wasn’t long before she became captivated by the entertainment world.

In her musical career, Sheryl Crow has teamed up with such music icons as Michael Jackson, Tony Bennet, Johnny Cash, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton – with whom she is even rumored to have had a brief love affair. This short relationship is rumored to have inspired her hit song “My Favorite Mistake”. She has also had relationships with songwriter Kevin Gilbert and seven times Tour de France No. 1 cyclist Lance Armstrong. They were briefly engaged in 2005/06.

As a songwriter, Sheryl’s lyrics have been sung by a number of well known pop musicians, and she is responsible for the theme song of the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies”. Other films which have featured her songs include the Walt Disney animated film, Cars, and Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie.

Although she has had several momentous periods in her musical career, the 1990’s are considered to be her most productive years, and have gained her several Grammy Awards, including Best Female Vocalist (“All I Wanna Do”), Best Record of the Year, and Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocalist, and Best Rock Album for her singles hit “If It Makes You Happy”. She has been featured in popular entertainment magazines such as People and Rolling Stone (February 2008).

Life hasn’t been an easy ride for Sheryl. She has had turbulent relationships with both Clapton and Armstrong. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Lance Armstrong himself won a courageous battle against cancer in the late 1990’s. As of now, the greatest love of her life appears to be a little boy named Wyatt, whom she adopted in April of 2007.

Recently, she performed during the Democratic National convention in August 2008, as well as helping Obama’s Presidential campaign by performing in several key states during the race. Indeed, Sheryl Crow begins to make a name for herself as an environmental and political activist.