Born in Kennett, Missouri, Crow retains a bond with her small-town roots. "I was home recently," she says. "And with the Allman Brothers on the car radio and the cropdusters over the cotton fields, it seems like a place where time stands still." Her mother, a piano teacher, and her father, a lawyer, playing trumpet, Sheryl grew up surrounded by music - "at first Top 40 and Fleetwood Mac, the Stones, Van Morrison and Bessie Smith, and finally songwriters like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell," she says. Working first, after attending the University of Missouri, as an elementary-school music teacher, she also began her apprenticeship in bands. Setting out at 24 for Los Angeles, she got her break singing back-up vocals with Michael Jackson (she'd parlay those skills into gigs with George Harrison, Don Henley, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart).
After years of hard work, she has arrived, and is recognized as one of today's truly distinctive voices. Non-stop touring and sell-out top-billed shows have increased her stature, as well as selling 13 million records and earning 5 Grammies. Uncompromising, open, unafraid of either sincerity, wit or surprise, Sheryl Crow will continue to make music that comes from within and reaches out - soul music, heart-to-heart.