Sheryl Crow

TMW Interview: Sheryl Crow Talks New Album, Feels Like Home, Country Music, and Living in Nashville

Nine-time Grammy winner, Sheryl Crow has released her much-anticipated new album, Feels Like Home. It’s the first country album of her career, though not her first venture into the country music  field. The album features the hit single “Easy”and is her first to feature all co-writers.

If you don’t know by now, Sheryl Crow has sold over 35 million records worldwide and won nine Grammy Awards. She is now taking  a new musical direction. It’s been 20 years since the release of her debut smash album, Tuesday Night Music Club. With Feels Like Home, she co-wrote each track with another songwriter which is something the songtress  had never  before. In this email interview we ask Sheryl about Feels Like Home, her music and living in Nashville.


TMW: You’re such an amazing artist,  having sold over 35 million records, won nine Grammys and recorded with such luminaries as Sting and Mick Jagger. What do you hope to accomplish with the new album?


Sheryl Crow: I hope the same as I do for every record which is that people find something on it they relate to.


 With this being the first country album of your career (though parts of Tuesday Night Music Club sound pretty country) how does the songwriting process differ working with Brad Paisley?


SC: Working with Brad Paisley was awesome and intimidating. It is like taking a master class in lyric writing.  He’s gone to great lengths to support me. He told me I belong in country music.  I love 60’s and 70’s country music. Everything from Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons to Billy Sherrill to George and Tammy.


How has living in Nashville been these past few years?  For our readers who don’t know, please explain the “strong sense of community” Nashville is known for and how it has influenced your music.


SC: I’ve been traveling for 20 plus years and had never put down roots until now. Nashville is a great place to raise a family and to collaborate musically. I moved  to Nashville  after I finished breast cancer treatment about seven and a half years ago. Before that I didn’t have any roots anywhere except for my home town.   I was traveling a lot and it just seemed like the right thing to do.

          And like something may have been missing from your life?


          SC: It wasn’t till I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is. It’s the thing I was
          missing my whole career.  The feeling of being able to sit around with my guitar and have people
          know  each other’s songs and know songs from people who influenced  all of us.   It’s awesome
          to be  making music in a town where my kids know everybody else’s kids. I get to work with
          great songwriters. My sister lives here too. It has just been amazing.

What is it that you like best about the country music genre?


SC: I love the tradition of story songwriting. I was nervous at first about making this album. I’m grateful, country music fans are so loyal. When I first moved here, pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls and I thought. ‘Gosh, this is just like heaven on earth’.


What do you think is the key to staying relevant in the ever-changing music business today and what advice would you give an an aspiring singer-songwriter?


SC: The key to relevance is loving my job and always working at getting better at it. I always tell anyone who wants to be a musician to get into your craft and love the process and not the oitcome of it.


Who in the pop music today do you think has longevity and why?


SC: Adele, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake will definitely be around.


You’ve achieved so much and you’re such an inspiration.  How do you see yourself in this business a few years from now?


SC: I can’t look that far in advance but I know I will still be making music. I feel like I am getting better and better. I still feel like my best work is a head of me. That’s what keeps me excited.

For updates on Sheryl’s new music, concert schedule, and other appearances, visit her official website.

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Video Watch: Sheryl Crow Premieres Live Video for “We Oughta Be Drinkin’

Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow has debuted her live video for “We Oughta Be Drinkin,’” off her highly anticipated brand-new album FEELS LIKE HOME due out September 10th, on Liquor.com today. The video is the third in a series of eight videos all created at The Warner Sound’s The Live Room. The first two include her Top 20 hit single “Easy” and “Best of Times.” Check back in the coming weeks for more exclusive performances from The Warner Sound’s Sheryl Crow captured in The Live Room.

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Sheryl Crow’s New Album "Feels Like Home" Out September 10

Nine-time GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow’s highly anticipated brand new album, Feels Like Home, is available for pre-order today and is due out September 10th* on Warner Bros. Records. The album features her hit single, “Easy,” which is currently Top 20 and climbing. “Writing the songs for this album, after 20 years of writing songs, felt so great because I am still doing what I love, but I’m learning and stretching at the same time,” said Crow of working on the first country record of her career. “It was amazing to be making an album in my community, and have my life still be my primary inspiration. Like the title says, it just felt like home.”

Sheryl Crow fans can pre-order Feels Like Home today on the newly re-launched SherylCrow.com. Three album-themed packages are available featuring Feels Like Home on CD & digital, exclusive new merchandise, and a limited number personalized to fans from Crow. Visit store.sherylcrow.com to see the full fan offers. A never-before-seen live performance video for “Best Of Times” is also premiering this Thursday, August 1, exclusively on RollingStone.com.

Sheryl Crow Meets Clyde the Sea Lion at SeaWorld Orlando

Sheryl Crow and family spent St. Patrick’s Day at SeaWorld Orlando prior to her performance during the park’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival.

Clyde, a California sea lion, lets Sheryl Crow know that all he wants to do is have some fun, too.  Crow met Clyde before performing live at SeaWorld Orlando March 17.
Sheryl and her sons, Levi and Wyatt, not only got to “soak up the sun” in Orlando on St. Patrick’s Day, but also were able to meet Clyde, a California sea lion and huge Sheryl Crow fan. Crow performed at SeaWorld Orlando’s annual Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, which featured a variety of craft brews,barbecue selections and chart-topping country and rock performances.


SHERYL CROW TO PERFORM NEW SINGLE "EASY" ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Nine-time Grammy award-winning artist and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will be making her debut performance of “Easy,” the first single from her forthcoming Warner Music Nashville debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight at 11:35pmEST/PST on ABC. This album marks the first new music from Crow in over two years and her debut on Warner Bros. Records.

“I couldn’t be more happy or proud than to have Sheryl join us and become a wonderful part of Warner Bros. Records’ rich musical history,” said John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville. “She is an incredibly special artist whose songwriting and performances are beyond magical. Sheryl has made a masterpiece that we know country radio and fans from all across the world are going to love.”

“I’m excited that my country debut album will be released on Warner Bros. Records,” expressed Crow of her upcoming release. “I believe a lot of my songs would probably be played on country radio today if they were just being released. The country music community has been incredibly welcoming and I’m excited to work with John Esposito and his team at Warner Music Nashville.”

Sheryl Crow Files For Restraining Order

Sheryl Crow has filed for a restraining order against a fan who has allegedly threatened her life.

The rocker claims Phillip Gordon Sparks believes she stole money from him and now is threatening to harm her in a series of angry online posts.

In papers filed in Los Angeles and obtained by TMZ.com, Crow states, “It was clear to me that (Sparks) was deeply disturbed because his posts were delusional, rambling, filled with profanity and laced with angry rants… (He claimed) I had broken into his house because I was looking for his gun.

“Other posts claimed that I was supposedly filming him surreptitiously, tried to have him arrested and that I had stolen money from him… All of these allegations are, of course, categorically false.”

The papers also allege Sparks claims to have told an official at the Screen Actors Guild that he was going to shoot her last week.

Crow says the news was “extremely alarming”, and she now fears for the safety of her family and employees.

Singer Sheryl Crow Makes Cupcakes With Sick Kids

Singer Sheryl Crow helped cheer up sick children in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital on Tuesday (May 31) by making cupcakes with the youngsters.


The All I Wanna Do hitmaker visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids initiative, aimed at raisingmoney and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer.

Mom-of-two Crow visited the medical center on Tuesday and posted a photo of her with a young boy proudly showing off his decorated treat on her Facebook.com page. 

In a post alongside the snap, she writes, “Making cupcakes with Hutch at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, initiating ‘Music Gives to St. Jude Kids’.”

The hospital received a cash boost last month (May11) when country singer John Rich donated his $250,000 prize money from reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice to the facility.

Sheryl Crow’s ‘Miles From Memphis’ DVD & Blu-ray Released June 7

Filmed in the Fall of 2010, the show captures the talented singer/songwriter—touring in support of her 100 Miles From Memphis album—fronting a powerhouse 9 piece band that swings through the best tracks from the record, and reinvigorates fan favorites with a soulful Memphis flavor. And there’s a little Motown in the mix too, with Crow’s 1994 megahit “All I Wanna Do” extended with a jam on Marvin Gaye’s classic “Got To Give It Up”, and a joyous rendition of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”. 
Opened in 1930, the Pantages Theatre is an art-deco masterpiece. Howard Hughes once owned the venue, which hosted the Academy Awards from 1949-1959. This glamourous Hollywood treasure provides a stunning backdrop for Crow and her band, The Thieves. “It was a very special night, playing with this incredible band in this wonderful venue, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with all my fans around the world,” said Sheryl Crow.
Bonus features include a special behind-the-scenes bonus feature of Sheryl and her band, and a soundcheck of two songs—“Eye To Eye” and “Stop” which were not in the main show. 
Sheryl Crow has sold in excess of 35 million albums worldwide.

100 Miles From Memphis

Stevie Nicks Will Never Be A Mother: "I Want To Have Complete Freedom

Rock legend Stevie Nicks has ruled out ever becoming a mother – because a baby would hamper her “complete freedom”.

Nicks has been married once, to her longtime friend Kim Anderson, but they divorced in the 1980s after just months of marriage and the singer remains childless at the age of 62.
The Fleetwood Mac star’s close friend Sheryl Crow became a parent at the age of 46 when she adopted son Wyatt in 2007 and she took on another son, Levi James, last year (10).
And Nicks is adamant that seeing her friend dealing withparenthood has just made her more determined not to havechildren of her own.
She tells Britain’s Guardian Weekend magazine, “I want to have complete freedom. Sheryl does not have complete freedom now. She doesn’t! But that’s what she wanted. She wanted a baby. And I have a Yorkie Chinese crested dog. I’m happy with that.”
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Sheryl Crow’s Rep Denies Label Rumors

A representative for Sheryl Crow has dismissed reports she’s planning to switch labels following poor record sales.
The star’s last album, 100 Miles from Memphis, has shifted just 150,000 copies in the U.S. since its release last summer (10).
Crow’s contract with Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records is coming to a close and rumours suggesting she’s eyeing a move to an independent label have been rife – but her spokesperson has moved swiftly to dismiss the gossip.
Her lawyer tells the New York Post’s gossip column PageSix, “As far as I know, I don’t know the story and haven’t heard this story”, while a rep for the label adds, “This is untrue.”
100 Miles From Memphis