jakub | May 23, 2023

Roo AOTD #94 Sheryl Crow


All aboard the hype train for Bonnaroo 2023! Only 24 days until we are all on the Farm again, can you believe it? It’s coming up fast and we can’t wait to be dancing with all of you at Bonnaroo! Today’s Artist of the Day is the one and only Sheryl Crow. Learn more about the artist below. Don’t forget to check out all of our artist spotlights! Check back in with us tomorrow for the next Artist of The Day!

Artist Biography

Sheryl Crow is a classic roots rock icon of the 1990s. She was born in Kennett, Missouri in 1962 to parents that performed in swing orchestras. Her father played trumpet while her mother sang and taught the piano. Sheryl was taught the piano at a young age and wrote her first song at age 13. She majored in music at the University of Missouri where she played keyboards in a cover band called Cashmere. Upon graduation, she spent a few years as a music teacher for autistic children in St. Louis. In 1986, Shery moved to Los Angeles to pursue music full-time as an artist. She got her big break as a backup singer on Michael Jackson’s International Bad Tour. She would often sing the female duet part on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” After two years on the road with Michael, Sheryl kept trying to secure a record deal, but record companies were only interested in making her a dance-pop singer. After fighting a bout of depression, she started doing session vocalist work with artists like Sting, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, and Don Henley. Through her session work she connected with producer Hugh Padgham who got her signed with A&M. In 1991, Sheryl went into the studio to record her debut album which ended up very pop-heavy due to pressure by Hugh. She shelved the album and feared she missed out on her best opportunity in the music industry. She fell into another depression bout but her boyfriend Kevin Gilbert got her mingling with a group of industry pros that met once a week to drink, jam, and work on material. This collaborative setting got Sheryl out of her funk, and her official debut album came to light, Tuesday Night Music Club, which was released in 1993 but was a slow burn. However, A&M took one last shot by releasing the album single “All I Wanna Do” which became one of the biggest summer singles of 1994. The success of this single got Sheryl fame, paving the way for her to take home the 1995 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Female Rock Vocal, and Record of the Year. After a decade of work, Sheryl became a star. Two years later, she took home even more Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Female Rock Vocal, both for her self-titled sophomore album. In 1998, Sheryl recorded her third album The Globe Sessions which won her another Grammy for Best Rock Album. The next year she won yet another Grammy for her contribution to the cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child o’ Mine” which was in the soundtrack of Big Daddy. Her single “There Goes the Neighborhood” won her another Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal in 2000. After even more Grammy recognition over the next few years, Sheryl had to take a break due to a diagnosis of stage one breast cancer. She had a successful treatment and was back in the studio after only two years. And she has kept on trucking since, collaborating with the likes of Mavis Staples, Stevie Nicks, and Keith Richards.

Genre

Pop Rock, Heartland Rock, Roots Rock

Scheduled at Bonnaroo

Saturday (Link to Daily Schedules)


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