Sheryl Suzanne Crow (born February 11, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Crow has garnered nine Grammy Awards (out of 32 nominations) from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.Her music incorporates elements of pop, rock, folk, country and blues. In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with the Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Steve Earle, Prince, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, B. King, George Strait, Tony Bennett, Kid Rock and Sting, among others.She has released eight studio albums, two compilations, a live album and has contributed to a number of film soundtracks. She has also performed backing vocals for Tina Turner, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Belinda Carlisle, and Bob Dylan.
She has two older sisters named Kathy and Karen and a younger brother named Steven.While studying at Kennett High School, Crow was a majorette and an all-state track athlete, medaling in the 75-meter low hurdles.She also joined the 'pep club', the National Honor Society, and the National FFA Organization, and was crowned Paperdoll Queen in a celebrity-judged beauty contest during her senior year.She then enrolled at the University of Missouri in Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition, performance, and education.While at the university, she sang in the local band Cashmere.
She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Society as well as working as a 'Summer Welcome' orientation leader.Crow has stated that her musical inspirations are not restricted to one genre—she likes anything with a drum beat.In 2008, she told Ellen De Generes that "If it didn't have a drum beat, you can just forget about it!" Teaching during the day gave her the opportunity to sing in bands on the weekends.She was later introduced to local musician and record producer Jay Oliver.He had a thriving studio in the basement of his parents' home in St.