Sheryl Crow came onto the music scene in the early 1990s, but her hit songs still ring true today.
She’s a driven, kind woman who also happens to be a working single mom at the age of 55. Sheryl is a force to be reckoned with, even though she’s been over some hurdles in her lifetime.
When she moved to LA at the age of 24, she had no connections to the music world. She got a waitressing job which allowed her to go on auditions throughout her days. When she went to parties, she was working hard to get her name out there.
Soon enough, her confidence paid off, in small ways at the beginning, but majorly at the end of the day.
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1. She Used To Be A Music Teacher
According to University Harold, after she got her degree from University of Missouri at Columbia in 1984, she worked as an elementary school music teacher in St. Louis. She taught until 1986, when she moved to L.A. to pursue her dreams.
2. She's Worth $40 Million
3. Michael Jackson Threw Grapes At Her
When Sheryl was touring with Michael as a backup singer on the Bad tour, their quick change tents were adjacent. Often, he’d throw grapes or carrots at her over the walls, all in good fun or course. In TIME, she says that she heard him giggling at his own pranks all the time.
4. Her First Album Went Unreleased
Sheryl was signed to A&M Records in 1991 and the first record was recorded by 1992. However, Sheryl didn’t like the way that it sounded, saying that it sounded too “slick,” according to Biography.com. So, she didn’t release it.
5. She Suffers From Sleep Paralysis
In an article in Rolling Stone, Sheryl speaks about how she used to be afraid to go to sleep because of her sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is a terrifying half asleep, half awake state during which you cannot move your body no matter how hard you try, but you’re well aware of your state. Sometimes it comes with auditory or visual hallucinations, too. She shares this condition with her mother.
6. She's Had 31 Grammy Nominations So Far
The official Grammys’ website has Sheryl at nine wins and 31 nominations spanning her whole career. Who knows, maybe her 50s will yield another one? One can only hope!
7. Her Adopted Sons Are Her Biggest Blessing
In a People article from 2017, Sheryl is quoted as saying, “Adopting my boys — that’s just been the biggest everlasting event that has informed everything.” In 2007, she adopted Wyatt, who is now nine, then in 2010, she adopted Levi, who is six.
8. She Doesn't Let Her Boys Get Addicted To Technology
Sheryl believes very strongly that modern technology is a real addiction. In the same People article, she notes that she doesn’t allow her kids more that 30 minutes of screen time per day, and that they don’t have TVs in their rooms. She’s raising them to be more aware of the world directly in front of them. They don’t have smart phones, either! In the same vain, she doesn’t like to post pictures of them on social media, but she looks up to her own mother (pictured above with Sheryl as a baby) as inspiration regarding motherhood.
9. She's Shorter Than She Looks
Different sources place her between, 5’1″ and 5’3″, but no matter the exact height, it’s a surprise to learn that she’s not a towering 5’7″ or so! She’s managed to make an image of a taller Sheryl with tricks of the trade and heels, of course. Plus, she’s so in shape and slim that she gives off the illusion of being taller.
10. She Beat Breast Cancer
In 2006, with a routine mammogram, she caught breast cancer in its early stages. According to an ABC News report from that year, she underwent “minimally invasive surgery” (a lumpectomy). She then underwent seven weeks of radiation. She was shocked when she got the diagnosis, because she was always a healthy person when she was younger, and it didn’t run in either side of the family. It made her realize what stress and environment can do to a person.
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