One of the most talented singer-songwriters to emerge in rock (and, latterly, in country) since the 1990s is celebrating a birthday today. Our good wishes go to a favourite daughter of the town of Kennett, Missouri, Sheryl Crow, born on February 11, 1962.
After her work as a backing vocaiist for Michael Jackson and a planned first album that was completed but never released, Crow’s famous breakthrough was with the excellent ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’ set. It became one of those old-fashioned, word-of-mouth successes, released in the summer of 1993 but not seen on the American charts for the first time until the following March.
Indeed, it didn’t reach critical mass, in the US and around the world, until 1995, by which time it practically sounded like a greatest hits album in its own right. ‘Run Baby Run,’ ‘All I Want To Do,’ ‘Leaving Las Vegas,’ ‘Strong Enough,’ ‘What I Can Do For You’ and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ all became flagship songs from the album. The LP itself went on to win three Grammys (including Best New Artist for Sheryl) and stayed on the American chart for nearly two years.
That set in motion a hugely successful series of records for Crow, whose worldwide album sales are now estimated at 50 million copies. She’s also gone on to work with, and win the admiration of, many of the biggest names in contemporary music, from the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton and B.B. King to Tony Bennett.
In the last decade or so, Sheryl has become an increasingly inspirational figure in her private life, overcoming non-invasive breast cancer and a benign meningioma. Meanwhile, she has latterly taken a new turn with her music, recording the authentically country-themed album ‘Feels Like Home’ in 2013.
Last month, she returned to her home town to perform two charity shows titled ‘Kennett Crossroads,’ proceeds of which went to the Kennett High School Performing Arts Department and the Kennett High School Athletic Department. She has more US shows booked in the spring and two in August at the Hollywood Bowl.